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 Post subject: Thermaltake 2.0 Extreme or Noctua NH-D14
PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 7:40 am 
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I browsed el Google all day yesterday looking at the many things on AIO "water" vs. the Noctua. I admit I was going to buy the Noctua at the end of the month, but something recently has changed my mind.

The Noctua is going for $75:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... =N82E168...

The Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme is going for $80 with a $25 rebate (or $55):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... =N82E168...

Now according to a review:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/nep ... -tundra-...

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The Thermaltake beats the Noctua by 8*C...

The arguments I see in other places are composed of three things:

1. They whine about AIOs not being a "real" water coolers. I agree, but it can be cotton candy for all I care, as long as it cools my CPU :)

2. They say the Noctua is cheaper with same performance. Right now the Thermaltake is same price/cheaper and I don't think 8*C is same performance...

3. The Noctua is quiet. OK OK. I will give you that, but can't I slap a better pair of fans on the Thermaltake? And for pump noise I say, "You won't hear it anyway over my maniacal laugh, as I hit 5.0 Ghz with my FX-8350."

The only thing the Noctua had going for it was price and noise. Price is gone and noise is not a major factor (Because it can either be fixed or is to quiet to matter). The thought of the Noctua breaking my mobo isn't a happy thought too. ;)

Am I wrong? Which do you suggest?

P.S. Specs: CPU - FX8350; Mobo - M5A99X Evo; I want to OC that bad boy

 Post subject: Re: Thermaltake 2.0 Extreme or Noctua NH-D14
PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 4:56 pm 
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I've owned 2 closed-loop CPU coolers (the Corsair H50 and the Kraken x40). In both instances, the fans I received with the cooler were quiet and I cannot hear the pump once I've closed the case. In fact, I have to put my ear next to the unit to barely hear the gurgling of fluid.

I would review the Thermaltake reviews - there seemed to be several poor reviews on the first page of newegg, but I would look at tigerdirect and amazon as well. Plus keep in mind, bad reviews are posted more often than good ones.

Even with the bad reviews...Personally...I would give the thermaltake a try.

Hope this helps.

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