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Question Noctua NH-D14 with Ryzen 3900x

LpoolTech

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Hey!
So I've been running my 3900x with stock cooler due to running out of funds when I build this PC last year. Its been fine but so noisy and where I live it gets super hot in the summer (I don't have air conditioning in my office at the present time) so the temperatures are getting pretty high. Anyway I've been researching coolers, my case supports up to 160mm so NH-D15 and be quiet dark pro are out of running due to height of 165mm and 162.8mm respectively but I found this great deal on open new stock on NH-D14 for 50 euro with six-year warranty and all that good stuff. My question is what type of performance could I expect as D14 in an older design and I can't find any numbers on it also I've heard that some coolers from that era perform better with Intel CPUs? What do you think guys? Do you have any other recommendations?

Edit. for more info AM4 bracket for NH-D14 is included
 
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pauldun170

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As mentioned, D14 is a slightly smaller predecessor of the D15 with Noctua's older fans and should be more than fine with a 3900x. Both versions are still top tier coolers.
I'm running a 3900x with a lesser Fuma 2 and have no problems with temps even in a hot room.
If my Fuma 2 can keep the 3900x cool and quiet, the D14 should be more than capable of doing the same.

How much is the D14 going to set you back?


D14 vs D15
The NH-D15’s biggest and probably most obvious innovation are the two new series production fans, two Noctua NF-A15 PWM, which at 140x150mm are even slightly larger than conventional 140mm fans. However, in addition to the new and larger series fans, the heat sink widened from 140 to 150mm as well as the increased distance between the heatpipes should also provide even higher cooling performance.

Furthermore, Noctua hasn’t forgotten the often underestimated, but for many buyers and users still very important issue of compatibility. The bottommost external cooling fins have been moved back to ensure that the NH-D15 can be mounted together with up to 64mm high memory bars, at least in combination with a single fan.
 
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LpoolTech

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As mentioned, D14 is a slightly smaller predecessor of the D15 with Noctua's older fans and should be more than fine with a 3900x. Both versions are still top tier coolers.
I'm running a 3900x with a lesser Fuma 2 and have no problems with temps even in a hot room.
If my Fuma 2 can keep the 3900x cool and quiet, the D14 should be more than capable of doing the same.

How much is the D14 going to set you back?


D14 vs D15
Thanks for the info so the nh-d14 would set me 49.99€ while nh-d15s (160mm) would be 79.99€ and fuma 2 would cost around 72 euro. I've checked all the clearances for PCIe slot and ram and I won't run into problems with any of them.
 

pauldun170

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Thanks for the info so the nh-d14 would set me 49.99€ while nh-d15s (160mm) would be 79.99€ and fuma 2 would cost around 72 euro. I've checked all the clearances for PCIe slot and ram and I won't run into problems with any of them.
Poking around

This guy used a single fan dh-14s
 
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LpoolTech

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Poking around

This guy used a single fan dh-14s
Thanks again it was interesting to read will watch the video later and see how it did. I did check the price of dh-u14s and its 69.90€ so it is in the running but somehow I doubt if it will do better then nh-d14 due to it being a single tower/fan and not dual fan/tower. Correct me if I'm wrong in my assumption
 

pauldun170

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Thanks again it was interesting to read will watch the video later and see how it did. I did check the price of dh-u14s and its 69.90€ so it is in the running but somehow I doubt if it will do better then nh-d14 due to it being a single tower/fan and not dual fan/tower. Correct me if I'm wrong in my assumption
I recall some tests where folks didn't see too much of a penalty between the 2. Tough to find concrete info on D14\D14s paired up with 3900x or 3950x

Googling around seems to return more people using the D14 with the intel 9900K. Seems that if a d14 or d14s can handle that ok.

You can always add an additional fan after the fact.

 
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gorobei

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for the most part air cooling is dependent on throughput ie number of heatpipes. noctua started with 4 pipe towers and then went to 6 pipes. the d series allowed triple fan and had some baseplate finish changes, but the performance didnt change until they went to the 7 pipe configs. coolermaster went from 4 to 6 on the stock amd wraith prisms for the 3000 series cpus.
 
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Thank you all for input I've decided to pull the trigger on NH-D14 the price was too good to pass on plus it has 6 year warranty.
 

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