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Noctua NH-D14 CPU Cooler Review – The Results

Now, the all important results!

Temperature values at stock:

As you can see, the idle temperature values with the Noctua NH-D14 with stock fans are much better than the Thermalright Venomous X and the CoolIT ECO A.L.C. This is by a margin of 3 degrees celsius on the Venomous X and 5 degrees celsius when comparing it to the CoolIT ECO A.L.C with stock fans. To have a 4 core, 8 threaded, enthusiast CPU idling at 33 degrees is astonishing!

At stock, the load temperature values of the i7 920 are much lower than any other air cooler we have tested. The NH-D14 beats the Venomous X by 3.5 degrees Celsius and beats the CoolIT ECO A.L.C by up to 12 degrees depending on the fan configuration! For one cooler to come and outperform another cooler by such a large amount is astonishing.

Temperature values at 4GHZ:

At 4GHZ, our i7 920 idled at 35 degrees Celsius with the NH-D14. This figure is 4 degrees lower than the Venomous X with aftermarket fans and 6 degrees cooler than the CoolIT ECO A.L.C, one again this is depending on the fan configuration on the CoolIT ECO A.L.C. To say we are happy with this cooler so far is an understatement!

Now these are the values we’ve been waiting for, load temperature at 4GHZ! Well, the NH-D14 shocked us. The NH-D14 kept our CPU nice and cool, peaking at a figure of 67 degrees Celsius. This is a whopping 7.5 degrees cooler than the CoolIT ECO A.L.C with stock fans and 5.5 degrees cooler than the Venomous X with aftermarket fans! Woah, we didn’t see that coming. It has left the competition miles behind and will be replacing the Venomous X in benching PC we use!

How many of you expected that? We didn’t expect the margin to be so large!



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