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Noctua NH-U14S & NH-U12S Review Comment Thread

SKYMTL

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Interesting review.

There is one thing I am interested in your opinion on. Michael, I'm not too sure about the greatness of the NF-U14S. With the dual NZXTs, it was 9 degrees C warmer when the CPU was overclocked than the Phanteks with the high speed OC results and pretty much trades blows with the Prolimatech Super Mega/Megahalems.


 

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What happened to Noctua? They used to make great coolers. These two don't separate themselves from the rest of the pack.
 

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They give similar performance while being quieter and leaving a smaller footprint. AND they come with high quality fans out-of-the-box unlike most others.
 

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Not really. The D14 was a king and still is. If you look at the graphs it is very clear that someone might as well get the EVO 212+ over the U12S as they don't have a big difference in performance. And the Phanteks 14s are better than the U14S. They seem to have done something different. And even sound levels are not that great. Again, this coming from looking at the graphs.
 

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Air cooling can only go so far. It is the acoustical footprint versus perf of these things that is impressive.
 

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If you want monster cooling, you go water. If you want merely insane cooling...you go D14 or another HUGE air cooler and stick a LOT of fans on it.

If you want quiet cooling from an Air Cooler that is not the size of a HTPC the other Noctua's are hard to beat.

The U14S is whisper quiet. Provides good cooling and is so dead simple to install that it puts many company's designs to shame.

The U12S is also a darn good, easy to install and comes with a very good fan. A CM 212+ can indeed do similar levels of performance BUT its a heck of a lot louder. This the trade-off you make.

IMHO SilentPC that is air based == Noctua.
 

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Not really. The D14 was a king and still is. If you look at the graphs it is very clear that someone might as well get the EVO 212+ over the U12S as they don't have a big difference in performance. And the Phanteks 14s are better than the U14S. They seem to have done something different. And even sound levels are not that great. Again, this coming from looking at the graphs.
The Phanteks does beat the D14, and then yeah, the dual liquid sealed coolers seem to be on their own terms like the NZXT Kraken X60 or the H100i. My biggest concern with those types of coolers is that there have been quite a few stories about them leaking. And I'd be worried about manufacturers honoring the warranties.

You could also put custom fans on a cooler like the Phanteks. IMO, if the Phanteks is in your budget, then so probably is getting some high end fans to replace it.
 

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AIO mfg'ers will honour any damage done from a leak that is caused by a factory defect (ie as long as you dont screw with it and it leaks...its a defect and they will cover you). Corsair's even come with a slip of paper saying they will do exactly this. ;)
 

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