Noctua NH-D14 HSF Review – The Best CPU Cooler Ever?

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The Legit Reviews Core i7 Test System

Legit Reviews Core i7 Test System

Here are the parts that make up the Legit Reviews Core i7 test system:

Intel Test Platform
Component Brand/Model Pricing
Processor Intel Core i7 920 Click Here
Motherboard Intel DX58SO Click Here
Memory Kingston DDR3 3GB 1333MHz ValueRAM Click Here
Video Card ATI X1950 XTX Click Here
Hard Drive Western Digital 250gb SATA Click Here
Power Supply PC&C Silencer 750 Quad Click Here
Chassis Ultra M998 Click Here
Operating System Windows Vista Ultimate (64bit) Click Here

To test the coolers I ran them on our Intel Core i7 test platform, which was then set to run at both default and overclocked settings. As a baseline all coolers will be compared to the retail boxed Intel cooler.

The list of previous coolers tested are:

All of the temperatures were obtained by using Core Temp v0.99.3 after the system sat at idle for 30 minutes and then again under 100% load while running Prime95 (64bit) v25.8 for 30 minutes using the blended test. The room temperature was kept a constant 72 degrees Fahrenheit (22c) for all benchmarking. All of the coolers were tested with Arctic Silver Lumiere as the thermal interface material.

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