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Noctua nh-d15 vs dark rock pro 4?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hi.  I am building a gaming and streaming pc.  I will be playing and streaming on the same pc at the same time while also capturing video for youtube videos.  I plan to have an i9 9900k with an evga 2080 ti black edition gpu with 32gb of 3200 ram of 2x16gb.  My gaming and streaming sessions will likely be 12+ hours every day.  I want air flow and temperature control to be a priority in the pc.  The case will be the cooler master h500 which is a larger mid tower.  I was pretty set on the noctua nh-d15 but recently it has been recommended by a few people to do a dark rock pro 4 instead.  I will likely be using a gigabyte aorus elite board.  The gpu will likely run pretty hot as it only has 2 fans on it.

 

Does anyone have experience with the nh-d15 or dark rock pro 4?  Do both perform the same or is one better?  Which would be more quiet?  Would an aio be a much better fit or will one of these two air coolers perform as well?  Thanks!

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Both should give you pretty similar temps. The Noctua will probably be quiter because of the Noctua fans, though I have no experience with beQuiet! fans to know if this is true.

 

I have the NH-D15 on my Ryzen 5 2600x, and with a custom fan curve the fans run below 1000rpm while the CPU stays below 50C under load (spikes into mid 50s, with max in CPU intensive task up to low 60s). 

 

If you're going with the Cooler Master H500, make sure to get the H500p. The 'p' model has a mesh front panel for vastly improved airflow, Gamer's Nexus did a video on it. 


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NH-D15 has better max performance, but when slowed down to give similar noise levels they are pretty much equal along with the Cryorig R1 Ultimate. 

 

5 minutes ago, Eastman51 said:

If you're going with the Cooler Master H500, make sure to get the H500p. The 'p' model has a mesh front panel for vastly improved airflow, Gamer's Nexus did a video on it. 

There's a H500p with solid plastic front, then there;s just H500 and H500M. @webguy Just make sure the case has a mesh front, though I heard that they are now selling cases with both panels (1 installed 1 as a separate part)


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Just now, Jurrunio said:

NH-D15 has better max performance, but when slowed down to give similar noise levels they are pretty much equal along with the Cryorig R1 Ultimate. 

 

There's a H500p with solid plastic front, then there;s just H500 and H500M. @webguy Just make sure the case has a mesh front, though I heard that they are now selling cases with both panels (1 installed 1 as a separate part)

ah, thanks for letting me know; I thought the P was the mesh model, but I guess I was wrong 


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NH-D15 will perform slightly better, but ultimately they are very similar. In all honesty, you should just pick whichever one you prefer.


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The NH-D15 fits more ram. 

 

That is why I have a Pro 4 sitting in a box and a NH-D15 in the computer.


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Thermalright Le Grand Macho RT, FTW!

 

The El Macho only use 1 fan with massive heatsink, but the benchmarked performance is at the same level, even slightly better than NH-D15 in some reviews.

 

It's cheaper than D15, the weight maybe is the lightest (1060 gr) among massive air coolers, lower height (159 mm), doesnt conflict with any RAM slots at all, and relatively shorter warranty (a long warranty on an air coolers is not too necessary tho, it's not a big deal)

 

If I must build another PC for myself, I would definitely use the El Macho all day unless the Computex 2018 Noctua's new gen of 7 heatpiped NH-D15 is already available on the market someday..


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The DRP4 is a bit quieter and the NH-D15 performs a bit better. Go for the NH-D15 unless the other is cheaper or if you prefer the black aesthetic. 


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5 hours ago, webguy said:

Thank you.  It looks like the d15 had the best rating from that video.

But also looks super ugly


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Posted · Original PosterOP
Just now, vjizzle2384 said:

But also looks super ugly

Haha I do not care much about how it looks.  I care more about performance and value than looks.

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7 minutes ago, hello_there_123 said:

Fan warranty omegalul

 

It's like putting warranty on a pencil

Those Noctua fans are about $25-$30 each and there are two of them and they are the most likely part to fail in a heatsink.

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Just now, Bearmann said:

Those Noctua fans are about $25-$30 each and there are two of them and they are the most likely part to fail in a heatsink.

Either the fans break in <1 year due to manufacturing issues or they don't break at all until 7+ years later in which case you can just replace them. 

 

Also Noctua fans carry a brand name price tag, 1 fan works just as well, and of course they are the most likely part to fail in a heatsink; there's only 2 parts in a heatsink, the big metal chunk itself (which won't be affected by anything) and the fan. 

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3 minutes ago, hello_there_123 said:

Either the fans break in <1 year due to manufacturing issues or they don't break at all until 7+ years later in which case you can just replace them. 

 

Also Noctua fans carry a brand name price tag, 1 fan works just as well, and of course they are the most likely part to fail in a heatsink; there's only 2 parts in a heatsink, the big metal chunk itself (which won't be affected by anything) and the fan. 

Oh, you will be the first to cry when that BeQuiet fan breaks at year #4! Don't worry, I'll have a hanky waiting for you 😫

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