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When i built my last system, i THOUGHT i was being clever by purchasing and installing one of those sealed liquid CPU coolers.  It was the H80.  I've always had problems getting and sustaining a decent overclock.

 

I've just 'junked' the H80 and replaced it with the best air cooler I've EVER had; the Noctua NH-D14.  What a stunning piece of kit. How the hell did I ever miss this?  And whats more, even at reduced RPM it gives far, far better cooling than the H80 ever did!!!

 

I still can't achieve the magic 5GHz, but at 4.8, the CPU is running 9 degs cooler when at max load than it was previously, AND doing that almost silently.  Yes that's NINE degrees less than with the H80!

 

At MAX RPM, the CPU is 12 degs cooler than previously recorded with the H80!

 

Lovin it;-)


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Wow thanks! Just what I was looking for!

http://forum.avsim.net/topic/437263-overclock-an-intel-i7-860-280ghz/

 

I see it's compatible with an i7 860! Maybe I'll buy this one. There's even a video on Youtube on how to install it on my CPU (got lucky today) :D 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Djki8c31Dqs


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Wow thanks! Just what I was looking for!

http://forum.avsim.net/topic/437263-overclock-an-intel-i7-860-280ghz/

 

I see it's compatible with an i7 860! Maybe I'll buy this one. There's even a video on Youtube on how to install it on my CPU (got lucky today) :D 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Djki8c31Dqs

Just make sure you order the CORRECT version. There's at least two types. I ordered the wrong one and had to pay return postage!


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I have noctua too, realy great cooler. In combination with 2700K, runing at same 4.8GHz for a realy long time  :lol: I have set this OC in august 2012 and i never touched settings again, no problems at all, no change in Vcore, temps etc...

 

4.9 was not the problem, but i decided to stay with 4.8 and slightly higher Vcore for greater stability. I was able to hit even 5.0GHz, but i'm not sure how stable it was, becouse i didn't tested that settings enough.

 

However, from some reviews and a very good friend experience - for same price,  with H100 you should get 0.1GHz higher OC at same temps. The advantages would be - higher OC and smaller PC  B)


Zeljko Budovic

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I've just 'junked' the H80 and replaced it with the best air cooler I've EVER had; the Noctua NH-D14. What a stunning piece of kit. How the hell did I ever miss this? And whats more, even at reduced RPM it gives far, far better cooling than the H80 ever did!!!

 

 

 

Dougal... I've been extoling the virtues of the D14 for a long time on the forum. It is, as you have discovered, superb. Yes it's big, yes there can be RAM clearance issues, but it does the job superbly well. I should add, my version is the old cooler without PWM fans... but it's still VERY quiet.

 

Why the obsession with AIO water coolers I'm not sure, yes they are more aesthetically pleasing and yes, the top of the range, like the H110, can outperform the D14 to a degree, but the risks of water leaks aren't worth it for me. And the cost, the AIO coolers are far more expensive.

 

I should add, the Thermalright Archon SB-E X2 is also very good indeed, for a single tower cooler it does the job admirably, and without RAM clearance issues.

 

There's still plenty of life left in air coolers yet gentlemen, despite what the AIO marketing guys tell you.

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I like my H60 because it's not a monster and I can have tall ram heat spreaders and not worry about the HS fins.


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Water coolers generally use the same temperature air for cooling as the air coolers. You aren't going to get any cooler than the air that's doing the cooling unless you use evaporative cooling or refrigeration. Thus its all about the heat transfer surface area and the efficiency of the design. It takes a temperature difference between the cooler and the air to transfer the heat. The larger the heat transfer area is the lower the temperature between the air and the fins or radiator needs to be to transfer the same amount of heat. CPUs get hot with the Intel OEM heat sinks because they need a large temperature difference to transfer heat through the small surface area. Single fan water coolers do not perform any better than the large air coolers like the Noctua D14s because they don't have any more surface area to tranfser the heat to the air. The larger dual fan water coolers have larger radiators but they don't perform much that better then the large air coolers, which tells me that the good air coolers are fairly efficient.

 

Ted


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I swapped over only this last week to the Noctua NH - D14, It's a superb piece of kit, I can't recommend it enough. It cost me around £60 including next day delivery from Scan Computers, well worth it.

 

Phil

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SilverArrow SB-E Extreme cooling a delided i7 4770k at 5.0ghz. Won't pass AVX enabled OCCT LinPack though but the temps are not the issue.

Water cooling of any kind is a waste of money IMO. There are only 2 games in town ThermalRight and Noctua

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I've been running this thing for about 7 months now and it's just fantastic.

 

Be aware though if you're building a PC with this in mind... the unit itself is a BEAST! You need to be careful what ram you use as too tall a ram stick, and the cooler wont fit. There's a list somewhere on their website with compatible ram sticks. 

 

Also be aware your PC case needs to be big enough for it as well.


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I just jumped from a cooler master hyper 212 to a Swiftech H220. I improved my temps of 15 degrees with a i7 2600k @ 4.8

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I have this same cooler on a i7 4770K running at 4.5ghz. Very nice indeed

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I just jumped from a cooler master hyper 212 to a Swiftech H220. I improved my temps of 15 degrees with a i7 2600k @ 4.8

 

Agreed. Although us in the USA can't get the swiftech model anymore. I have the Glacel 240L. Just added a 780 to the loop, a res and an additional rad. Going to see what happens when I add my other 780 to the loop shortly. I had the NH-D14 at one point as well. The best air cooler out there. Classy product and very well designed. 


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I like my H60 because it's not a monster and I can have tall ram heat spreaders and not worry about the HS fins.

True Ryan. However... in reality tall heat sinks on RAM are pointless. RAM doesn't actually require them at all. RAM, even overclocked, cools adequately with low profile heat sinks.

 

Ted was right in regard to surface area, surface area is king. However, it should be pointed out that water is an excellent heat transfer medium, better than air. So water does make sense, but you really have to be talking about a full blown custom loop to attain significant benefits.

 

Interesting to contemplate how satellites are cooled. In space, temperatures can switch from +260 degrees to -100 Celsius. Satellites cope with those temperatures by utilising heat pipe technology... just like we do with our top of the range air coolers.

 

Closed loop coolers have their advantages. namely better air flow through the enclosure, often better aesthetically. But to really match the D14 or equivalent, you are talking about a big radiator with two 140 fans, like the H110. So consequently you can have issues fitting in many enclosures. Then we have leaks to consider, they do happen. Some would say rarely, but who knows, the manufactures don't tell us how many units fail in regard to the percentage sold.

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