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Old 08-09-2010, 08:47 AM   #1
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"We tested the Noctua NH-D14, a huge CPU cooler with two tower heatsinks, six U-shaped heatpipes, and two fans, one 120 mm and one 140 mm. Let's see if this monster really cools a CPU.The NH-D14 box is..."

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Old 08-10-2010, 10:59 AM   #2
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The performance level is very good, but not outstanding.
I dare you to name a cooler that delivers an outstanding performance if the NH-D14 doesn't.

Testing a 90$ product at stock voltage... Why bother. We've gone through this before: why would you care what the stock cooler does? Just slap a FAIL next to it and show folks why after market products are worth their asking price.
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Testing a 90$ product at stock voltage... Why bother.
I sort of agree... This cooler really shines when the fans are undervolted. Performance at very low noise levels is where this one really stands out!

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... why would you care what the stock cooler does? Just slap a FAIL next to it and show folks why after market products are worth their asking price.
The stock coolers are by no means "failed"! They provide sufficient cooling for running the CPU at stock settings in a not so well ventilated case. And they do so at a very reasonable price level, to say the least.
The only common problem with stock coolers is that they're noisy. (And they're also not very suitable if you want to overclock or undervolt the CPU, but that's not what they're designed for in the first place.)

Knowing how efficient the stock cooler is provides a good base for comparisons and evaluations to third party coolers.

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You're right I bought my Megahalems to replace the stock cooler and run on stock voltages and frequency.

/end sarcasm.

I'm pretty sure most of the NH-D14 buyers replace the stock fans because they're ****, I know from experience I own them both.

I honestly don't understand why would someone waste time testing stuff in this manner when you can adopt a simple methodology way more relevant: all stock, stock volts, stock fans, stock frequency, stock cooler included for the ones who care about that and a performance mode lets say 3.8Ghz on an 1156 i7 at aprox. 1.35v with a couple of 1600 rpm S-flex at full rpm and undervolted to a whisper quiet 800 or 1000 rpm.
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