Hi, I am looking for a cpu cooler to be used for overclocking Ivy Bridge processors (3960x) and I am currently stuck between the choice of the Noctua NH-D14 and the Corsair H100.
This is my setup:
RAM: Corsair xms3 12gb (2000mhz)
CPU: i7 Ivy Bridge 3960x
GPU: 2x Asus GTX 580's
PSU: Corsair HX1000W
SC: X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional
MOBO: Asus Rampage III Forumla
HDD1: Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB 7200rpm
HDD2: Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB 7200rpm
SSD1: OCZ Octane SATA2 512GB
Fan Controller: NZXT Sentry-2 5.25" Touch Screen
I want to take in mind these different aspects:
1. I prefer it to be quiet.
2. I would like to be able to change the fans for better and possibly more quiet ones.
3. I want it to be extremely effective.
the 3960x is not ivy bridge, just so you aren't disappointed
Noctua for sure. I've just replaced the fan on my achillies with a noctua F12, it dropped by perhaps 3-4C, and even at 100% it is virtually inaudible, the stock fan was quiet, but this is quieter. I'd suggest that water would be louder.
Thanks for the replies guys, I'm going for the Noctua!
Could you tell me the names of a few very effective and quiet fans I can change for the ones on the noctua? I got like 3 spare Coolermaster blue LED lights but they are very loud..
Yeah that processor isn't ivy bridge but its still a good sandybridge E so it should overclock pretty smooth since Ivy bridge isn't as stable as sandybridge. This might not be true with Ivybridge E chips though released at the end of this year.