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Noctua C14 or D14 or U14S

Hey Guys,

Looking at a better heat sink for my first PC build. I've read a lot about the NH-D14 but then came across a comparison chart that showed the NH-C14 was better at cooling by roughly 3-4 degrees( is this down to the fans being positioned differently?).

And also I was wondering if the U14S would be a good choice instead of the huge D14?

I know the CM Hyper 212 Evo is a great cooler and is well priced but I'm pretty set on a Noctua from reviews and comments I've read.

Or is Phanteks the way to go?

I'll be using a 3570k, GTX 760, 8GB Ram (low profile to accommodate), 250GB SSD.
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  1. D14 without a doubt.

    But i would recommend NZXT x40 than a d14, it beats d14 by a leap.

    Cooler: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/nzxt-cpu-cooler-krakenx40
  2. I would prefer the U14S as its just as good as the NH-D14 but is smaller and gives less noise.
    Also the CM H212 EVO is quite good if your using it on stock or OCing upto 4.2GHz with considerable volt.
    proof - http://valid.canardpc.com/e8fd3f
    My review on the 212 EVO - http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1838363/cooler-master-hyper-212-evo-review-low-budget-cpu-cooling-king.html
  3. I was considering the U14S as the D14 is quite bulky and I'm a bit worried it'll stress the motherboard if it weighs too much.

    I think the Hyper 212 Evo comes with 1 fan so that made me think the U14S would be a good.
  4. Phanteks !!!!!!!!!PH-TC14PE

    FX8350 \ 5.1GHZ. \ 1.384 VOLTS http://valid.canardpc.com/cache/banner/2766915.png



    Phanteks PH-TC14PE with Scythe Slipstream 110 CFM fans attached.
  5. Best answer
    viowithcrailtap said:
    I was considering the U14S as the D14 is quite bulky and I'm a bit worried it'll stress the motherboard if it weighs too much.

    I think the Hyper 212 Evo comes with 1 fan so that made me think the U14S would be a good.


    You can add a second fan with ease. I would recommend the 212 EVO if your PC gets moved a lot , as big air coolers could break the motherboard in half. Also try for a water cooler if thats the case. Say a Corsair H60 or H80i...................
  6. I'm not going to be moving my tower much if at all but the concern of a huge cooler straining the motherboard is a concern.

    In regards to the Water Cooler, I have considered water cooling (I like the idea and looks) I've been warned about pipes splitting or coming undone. Does this happen? I would have thought they were completely sealed and solid. And apparently the water coolers are louder than air coolers.

    Also would I need to add extra fans to my case? I figure with 2 fans built in to the front and back of my case along with an aftermarket cpu cooler I'd be ok.

    I'm going to go with the NH-C14. It seems to do a better cooling job than the D14 but it's a slight bit louder but it'll probably be barely noticeable and also comes with 2 x 140mm fans as opposed to the D14 which comes with 1 x 140mm and 1 x 120mm.

    I went for the H75 in the end. The case I got is quite small and the heat just took up so much room.
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