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I7 3770k AIR COOLER ?

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February 12, 2013 2:38:14 PM

Hey guys im looking for an AIR COOLER for my i7 3770K i would like to overclock it to 4.5Ghz.

Also will it work with my Case & Motherboard


My Case > Corsair Vengeance C70.

My Motherboard > Asus Maximus V Gene.

Been looking at this cooler will this fit and do the job if not what AIR COOLER ?
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/noctua-nh-d14-dual-radia...

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a b K Overclocking
February 12, 2013 2:56:53 PM

Yes, it fits both in your case and motherboard. But, one question, do you have low profile RAM ? If your RAM has some kind of heatsink, it may not fit under the NH-D14.

It's a very good air cooler (Probably one of the best) and you'll have no problem when overclocking.
February 12, 2013 2:58:38 PM

jrayx said:
Yes, it fits both in your case and motherboard. But, one question, do you have low profile RAM ? If your RAM has some kind of heatsink, it may not fit under the NH-D14.

It's a very good air cooler (Probably one of the best) and you'll have no problem when overclocking.


i have Kingston XMP Beast 16GB 2400MHz would that be a problem ?
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a b K Overclocking
February 12, 2013 3:03:24 PM

for the price of getting a decent heatsink just spend a hair more and get a h80 liquid cooler etc on sale and never have to worry about temps.


but intel only supports memory speeds up to 1600mhz so if you really want to try and run 2400mhz and if your board supports that high go for it.
February 12, 2013 3:25:21 PM

ViperSix said:
Would this do the job for overclocking and would it fit better ?
http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/products-model.aspx?id=C_...


As far as the performance of that cooler, I have no idea. Look up some reviews and comparisons.

As far as fitment goes, looking at the installation instructions it looks like as long as you aren't using the RAM slot (or slots) nearest to the CPU, you should be ok. Don't quote me on that though. I just wish everyone had compatibility lists like Noctua.
a b K Overclocking
February 12, 2013 6:16:57 PM

06yfz450ridr said:
for the price of getting a decent heatsink just spend a hair more and get a h80 liquid cooler etc on sale and never have to worry about temps. .


With the H80 you won't get better temperatures than the NH-D14, but the installation and ram clearance won't be a problem.

You can get the NH-D14 and swap the fan like this:
http://www.google.com/search?q=noctua+NH-D14&aq=f&um=1&...

Or you can install it facing the top of the case (I don't recommend it):
http://www.google.com/search?q=noctua+NH-D14+1155&um=1&...

I don't know if it's possible because it may interfere with the VRM heatsink or the back I/O of your motherboard. Another thing, you can adjust the height of the fan with the metal clips, that may give you more clearance for the RAM heatsink without loosing too much cooling.
February 12, 2013 7:20:44 PM

jrayx said:
With the H80 you won't get better temperatures than the NH-D14, but the installation and ram clearance won't be a problem.

You can get the NH-D14 and swap the fan like this:
http://www.google.com/search?q=noctua+NH-D14&aq=f&um=1&...

Or you can install it facing the top of the case (I don't recommend it):
http://www.google.com/search?q=noctua+NH-D14+1155&um=1&...

I don't know if it's possible because it may interfere with the VRM heatsink or the back I/O of your motherboard. Another thing, you can adjust the height of the fan with the metal clips, that may give you more clearance for the RAM heatsink without loosing too much cooling.




The first configuration you showed was actually not favored by Noctua. They say the rear case fan and the cooler fan at such close proximity create additional turbulence, thereby diminishing cooling performance.

The vertical method is fine, as long as sufficient air can be supplied from the side and if there is top exhaust on the case. This would require the use of side case fans. Problem is, with the NH-D14 being as tall as it is, sometimes fitting that arrangement with a side intake can be troublesome.
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February 12, 2013 7:31:55 PM

For 4.5 a CM 212 will be enough and it's only 25$ usd so why not, if you want to go higher, something higher quality will surely be needed however my NOCTUA NHU12P se2 sells for 60$ and i'm at 4.83ghz with my I7 and it barely reach 80 celsius on prime95 (i've never seen higher than 65 in gaming)
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