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Noctua NH-D14 Dual Fan CPU Cooler

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User Rating: / 10PoorBest 
Testing Hardware:

 

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-EP55A-UD6
Processor: Intel Core i7 860 @ 3.8GHz at 1.38 volts
Ram: G-Skill ECO PC12800 4GB Dual Channel
Video Card: XFX HD 4770
HDD: Seagate 7200.11
Power: Thermaltake Tough Power XT 850 (Sponsored by Thermaltake)
Case: NA
Cooling: Noctua D14
OS: Windows XP SP3
Thermal compound: Arctic Silver 5

Competition:

Coolermaster TX3
Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme
Prolimatech Megahalems

Results

Simple put: The D14 rocks. This probably the best cooler we have had in our lab in some time. This includes all the big boys. It showed the lowest temp readings of all the major coolers we have tested. Up to two degrees better than the next closest cooler. Because of my doubt before my testing I took a couple of days to re-test some of the other coolers including the Prolimatech offering and the results basically remained the same.