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Discussion in 'Cases & Cooling' started by kleinkinstein, Jan 7, 2013.

  1. kleinkinstein

    kleinkinstein Senior member

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    The new low-profile Noctua NH-L9i CPU cooler review
     
  2. Kenmitch

    Kenmitch Diamond Member

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    Looking at the review it's slighly better than a stock cooler and a little louder....Is pretty small tho.

    Excited because it's a Noctua?
     
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    It's probably due to the design. Let me explain.

    The Noctua uses a mere two heatpipes, which won't carry much heat. The Phanteks uses fins directly soldered onto the base.

    Now heatpipes are great for moving heat a distance, as temperatures will equalize along the entire pipe. Fins directly connected to the base will get cooler (less heat transferred) to the tips of the fins.

    This means on a big/tall heatsink you absolutely need heatpipes because otherwise not enough heat would be transferred.

    On a small heatsinks either heatpipes or direct connection would work.

    Then it comes down to how many heatpipes, and two is not enough for a hot CPU.