Originally Posted by tracerbullet
Remember when I was trying to convince you to just use a fan mate and set it at a single speed that wasn't audible, and save all this work?
I kid, I kid. Glad you got it working how you wanted it.
i don't think this noctua cooler is a good one at all. it happens to work for my purposes but so would the stock cooler. the fact that a stock cooler includes a PWM fan and for this $50 cooler you need to buy an extra $20 PWM fan and in the end you can barely overclock with it - it's a total fail IMO.
it seems the bottleneck is either in the heatpipes or the intel's TIM. either way i will never buy a cooler with only 4 x 6mm heat pipes again. i read a lot of feedback on this cooler that the temps with it are not very good - and it's true. with just very light overclock and about 70% CPU load it was already getting quite warm and spinning the fan close to max rpm.
in its defense the cooler comes with 2 fans, and i am only using one, but even Noctua says the second fan is optional and only gives 1 to 3 degrees improvement.
anybody considering this cooler - get a proper D14 instead. noctua quality seems very good, but this cooler is just too feeble.
this cooler is pointless. i should have kept stock cooler and simply enabled the fan speed control in BIOS. i'm not going to return anything because it's just not worth the hassle, but the stock cooler would have accomplished the same thing.
it's all my fault anyway. i was told to go and check the bios, and i was told that since i won't overclock i should just leave the stock cooler but i couldn't control my urge to buy something shiny.
so once again i think Noctua is a great brand, but this model cooler is pointless - no wonder everybody else stopped making 92mm coolers already.
PWM is still the way to go though - because it just doesn't have any downsides - except needing to buy an extra fan.
i just hope i learned something from this fiasco - don't know what - but i hope i learned something