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Just now, WoodenMarker said:

What case are you using and where was the rad mounted?

I'd more often recommend the NH-D15 as well for better consistency as well. The reason why the H150i Pro is placed higher is due to how dramatically better it cools in some of its great showings whereas its losses are generally not that far behind.  

 

This isn't all the data used but it's what I pulled up now that be used for reference and cross reference to similar coolers:

Some reviews only contain one of the two coolers but contain other coolers that can be referenced such as the Kraken X72 that definitely performs better than the NH-D15 and H115i Pro / Kraken X61 / 62 that perform at least similarly to the NH-D15 if not slightly better. 

 

A few bad showings (< NH-D15):

https://www.anandtech.com/show/13219/the-corsair-h150i-pro-rgb-aio-cooler-review/4

https://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/8540/corsair-h150i-pro-rgb-cpu-cooler-review/index7.html

https://www.hd-tecnologia.com/review-corsair-hydro-series-h150i-pro-rgb/

https://quasarzone.co.kr/bbs/board.php?bo_table=qf_cool&wr_id=9524

 

A few okay showings (≈ NH-D15):

https://www.techpowerup.com/review/corsair-hydro-series-h150i-pro/6.html

https://www.nikktech.com/main/articles/pc-hardware/cpu-cooling/liquid-cpu-coolers/8572-corsair-hydro-h150i-pro-low-noise-360mm-rgb-liquid-cpu-cooler-review?start=6

http://www.ddworld.cz/pc-a-komponenty/procesory-a-pameti/test-corsair-h150i-pro-rgb-hydro-vykonne-360mm-aio-vodniho-chlazeni-s-rgb-v-akci-3.html

https://www.gamersnexus.net/hwreviews/3197-corsair-h150i-pro-review-first-6th-gen-asetek-pump

 

Some more good showings (a bit better than NH-D15):

https://www.pcgamer.com/corsair-hydro-h150i-pro-rgb-360mm-review/

https://www.kitguru.net/components/cooling/dominic-moass/corsair-h150i-pro-360mm-aio-liquid-cooler-review/5/

https://bit-tech.net/reviews/tech/cooling/corsair-hydro-series-h150i-pro-rgb-and-h115i-pro-rgb-reviews/2/

https://www.ukgamingcomputers.co.uk/blog/corsair-h150i-pro-rgb-review/

https://tech4gamers.com/corsair-hydro-series-h150i-pro-rgb-liquid-cpu-cooler-review/

https://hothardware.com/reviews/corsair-aio-liquid-cooler-roundup?page=3

https://www.techtesters.eu/corsair-h150i-pro-review/

https://www.profesionalreview.com/2018/01/12/corsair-h150i-pro-review/

https://youtu.be/pdvXuGm8Zac?t=173

https://youtu.be/xJUUf65hAZU?t=303

 

Some great showings (> NH-D15):

https://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/cases_cooling/corsair_h115i_pro_rgb_and_h150i_pro_rgb_review/5

https://techreport.com/review/33035/corsairs-h115i-pro-and-h150i-pro-cpu-coolers-reviewed/

https://www.mmorpg.com/hardware-reviews/nzxt-kraken-x72-holds-up-to-the-heat-1000012892

http://www.technews.lt/portal/reviews/nzxt-kraken-x72-pries-corsair-h150i-pro-ir-geriausi-aio-pries-geriausius-orinukus/6/

https://youtu.be/xEjm2fZyaeI?t=379

 

My h150i pro (RiP) was top mounted with fans blowing out , 2 intake fans at the front of my Meshify S2 TG Tint chassi... the NH-15 is mounted with fans in push/pull blowing backwards to the back case fan pushing air out... 

Did extensive research on where to put the h150 i and fan setup and top mounted blowing out was the nr 1 choice of most tests 

But im not trying to put you down or anything but from personal experience the NH-15 is tearing the h150i pro apart in both performance and noise... its so quiet i can hear a pin drop outside my window ;) now just to kill the coilwhine from the 2080ti ;)

 

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3 minutes ago, Kenjo said:

My h150i pro (RiP) was top mounted with fans blowing out , 2 intake fans at the front of my Meshify S2 TG Tint chassi... the NH-15 is mounted with fans in push/pull blowing backwards to the back case fan pushing air out... 

But im not trying to put you down or anything but from personal experience the NH-15 is tearing the h150i pro apart in both performance and noise... its so quiet i can hear a pin drop outside my window ;) now just to kill the coilwhine from the 2080ti ;)

The setup seems great. Did you remove or leave the top filter with the H150i Pro?

I greatly appreciate the input. It's a reminder to pull up old reviews and to look for new ones. The H150i Pro is definitely one of the coolers that are a bit iffy due to the performance inconsistency.

 

Results will vary between systems and that's why test results from reviews won't 'agree' in the order of cooler temps. Since testing every configuration isn't feasible, the list is an attempt for the next best thing by finding an average result from tests. There are certainly details lost in summary since coolers like the H150i Pro that sometimes perform much better and coolers like the H115i Pro that are more consistent but don't perform as well on the upper end can end up in the same tier. 


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Just now, WoodenMarker said:

The setup seems great. Did you remove or leave the top filter with the H150i Pro?

I greatly appreciate the input. It's a reminder to pull up old reviews and to look for new ones. The H150i Pro is definitely one of the coolers that are a bit iffy due to the performance inconsistency.

 

Results will vary between systems and that's why test results from reviews won't 'agree' in the order of cooler temps. Since testing every configuration isn't feasible, the list is an attempt for the next best thing by finding an average result from tests. There are certainly details lost in summary since coolers like the H150i Pro that sometimes perform much better and coolers like the H115i Pro that are more consistent but don't perform as well on the upper end can end up in the same tier. 

Well to answer about the top mesh/filter i never removed it since that would negate me buying just that case ;) if i wanted a totally open top i would buy a chassi with just that or just an open test bench , fyi the NH-15d is also running with the top mesh on ... 

And yes its hard to find any "correct" temp avg results for any top end coolers since it differs so much from chassi to chassi

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Just now, Kenjo said:

Well to answer about the top mesh/filter i never removed it since that would negate me buying just that case ;) if i wanted a totally open top i would buy a chassi with just that or just an open test bench , fyi the NH-15d is also running with the top mesh on ... 

The NH-D15 is relying on front intake to rear exhaust so the top filter shouldn't make much of a difference. 

The H150i Pro's airflow is directly impeded by the top filter and likely unnecessarily so unless settling dust is a big problem. Exhausts are best left unfiltered since the air going through them should already be filtered.


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Just now, WoodenMarker said:

The NH-D15 is relying on front intake to rear exhaust so the top filter shouldn't make much of a difference. 

The H150i Pro's airflow is directly impeded by the top filter and likely unnecessarily so unless settling dust is a big problem. Exhausts are best left unfiltered since the air going through them should already be filtered.

Even without using the top mesh/filter the h150i pro only managed 1c less in temps so that isnt hardly an noticeable improvement as Nexus would say Margin of error ;)

 

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Hi,

 

I Recently upgraded to a RTX 2070 Super (GigaByte Windforce OC) and it seems to be circulating a lot more hot air in the case than my old GTX 1070.

I would never see my CPU above 75C with my old GPU, but now with the new GPU it can sometimes even reach peaks of over 80C. If I run a stress test that's just CPU it hits around 70C but when running cpu and gpu together it hits 80C.

Currently running a 9700k@5ghz (1.31v) with a Noctua D15 Cooler. I have 2 140mm intake fans and a single 120mm exhaust.

 

I was wondering if switching the D-15 for a 240mm AIO could improve my cpu temps, as it could pull fresh air in from the front of the case. Or if maybe I just need to improve airflow through my case in other ways.

 

I also noticed the D15 is in Tier 2 and that a 240mm AIO like the Corsair h100x is in Tier 1. Is the h100x actually better than a D15, as everything I've read in the past makes it seem like the D15 can compete with 280/360mm AIOs.

 

Case is a Fractal Design Define Nano S for reference.

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8 hours ago, itsjase said:

I was wondering if switching the D-15 for a 240mm AIO could improve my cpu temps, as it could pull fresh air in from the front of the case. Or if maybe I just need to improve airflow through my case in other ways.

What case fans are you currently using and what rpm are they running at during these loads?


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11 hours ago, WoodenMarker said:

What case fans are you currently using and what rpm are they running at during these loads?

I'm running 2 Venturi HF-14s as intake with the LNA which sit around 900rpm and a Dynamic GP-12 as the exhaust at 1200rpm.

I could try running the HF-14s without the LNA (1200rpm) but they are quite a bit noisier.

 

I also discovered I can fit an X62 in my case, if that's also a better option.

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15 minutes ago, itsjase said:

I'm running 2 Venturi HF-14s as intake with the LNA which sit around 900rpm and a Dynamic GP-12 as the exhaust at 1200rpm.

I could try running the HF-14s without the LNA (1200rpm) but they are quite a bit noisier.

I also discovered I can fit an X62 in my case, if that's also a better option.

Are you running the fans at max rpm or on a fan curve? The LNA is only really useful if you otherwise aren't able to control the fan speeds. 

The Define Nano S is a bit restrictive at the front which the HF-14's aren't well suited for. You might be better off with the stock GP-14 for the front although the rpm is a bit lower. Try removing the front panel and seeing if temps are any better. 


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3 minutes ago, WoodenMarker said:

Are you running the fans at max rpm or on a fan curve? The LNA is only really useful if you otherwise aren't able to control the fan speeds. 

The Define Nano S is a bit restrictive at the front which the HF-14's aren't well suited for. You might be better off with the stock GP-14 for the front although the rpm is a bit lower. Try removing the front panel and seeing if temps are any better. 

Running them at Max RPM, Don't have a fan controller so I was running all 3 fans off 1 header. Wasn't sure how a fan curve would would work with 2 different fan types on the same header.

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3 minutes ago, itsjase said:

Running them at Max RPM, Don't have a fan controller so I was running all 3 fans off 1 header. Wasn't sure how a fan curve would would work with 2 different fan types on the same header.

What motherboard are you using? Fans grouped together receive the same signal so I would just group pwm and dc fans onto separate headers. 


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2 minutes ago, WoodenMarker said:

What motherboard are you using? Fans grouped together receive the same signal so I would just group pwm and dc fans onto separate headers. 

Using a MSI Z390I, found it very difficult to use the 3rd fan header due to its position on the motherboard so I just split them all under 1 header.

 

Do you think I'd see any lower temps using an X62 over the D-15?

 

Thanks for all your help by the way!

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1 minute ago, itsjase said:

Do you think I'd see any lower temps using an X62 over the D-15?

Temps may be a bit lower but I think the main problem is that HF-14's aren't very good behind the front panel. You should remove the front panel to see if there's any improvement. 


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Just tried 2 things, removing panels, and increasing the fan speed.

 

Removing the front panel didn't seem to make any difference, but increasing the fan speed dropped temps by about 3-4C.

 

I also tried removing the side panel and that seemed to drop temps by like 5C but obviously that's not ideal.

 

If I was to try with an X62 would the 2 NZXT fans on the radiator as front intake and one 120mm exhaust be sufficient?

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12 hours ago, itsjase said:

Just tried 2 things, removing panels, and increasing the fan speed.

Removing the front panel didn't seem to make any difference, but increasing the fan speed dropped temps by about 3-4C.

I also tried removing the side panel and that seemed to drop temps by like 5C but obviously that's not ideal.

If I was to try with an X62 would the 2 NZXT fans on the radiator as front intake and one 120mm exhaust be sufficient?

Your current temps are already sufficient.

The Kraken X62 fans would be better for increasing case airflow but it would be noisier and more expensive than just getting new case fans. 


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5 hours ago, WoodenMarker said:

Your current temps are already sufficient.

The Kraken X62 fans would be better for increasing case airflow but it would be noisier and more expensive than just getting new case fans. 

Alright I'll replace the Venturis with the stock GP fan and pickup another GP-14.

 

Thanks for all your help.

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2 hours ago, itsjase said:

Alright I'll replace the Venturis with the stock GP fan and pickup another GP-14.

Thanks for all your help.

If you haven't already bough another fan, I would get something else instead. GP-14's are pretty good for stock fans but there are plenty of better options when going aftermarket. 

Where are you shopping / located?


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4 minutes ago, WoodenMarker said:

If you haven't already bough another fan, I would get something else instead. GP-14's are pretty good for stock fans but there are plenty of better options when going aftermarket. 

Where are you shopping / located?

Located in Melbourne, Australia. There's quite a few PC places around so I can get most well-known branded fans quite easily.

 

What would you recommend?

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2 minutes ago, itsjase said:

Located in Melbourne, Australia. There's quite a few PC places around so I can get most well-known branded fans quite easily.

What would you recommend?

NF-P14S are excellent: https://au.pcpartpicker.com/product/8r9KHx/noctua-case-fan-nfp14sredux1500pwm

Depending on which store you're going to, it might not be much more for the better NF-A14: https://au.pcpartpicker.com/product/dwR48d/noctua-case-fan-nfa14pwm


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25 minutes ago, WoodenMarker said:

NF-P14S are excellent: https://au.pcpartpicker.com/product/8r9KHx/noctua-case-fan-nfp14sredux1500pwm

Depending on which store you're going to, it might not be much more for the better NF-A14: https://au.pcpartpicker.com/product/dwR48d/noctua-case-fan-nfa14pwm

Yeh I can probably grab 2 of the NF-A14.

 

Is the back exhaust stock GP-12 fan fine?

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Just now, itsjase said:

Is the back exhaust stock GP-12 fan fine?

It's fine as long as you don't think it's too noisy. 


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1 minute ago, WoodenMarker said:

It's fine as long as you don't think it's too noisy. 

Nah its nice and quiet, only 19dba according to specs.

 

I'm worried the A14's might be noisy as they are listed at 24dba which is quite close to the Venturi's 26dba

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1 minute ago, itsjase said:

Nah its nice and quiet, only 19dba according to specs.

I'm worried the A14's might be noisy as they are listed at 24dba which is quite close to the Venturi's 26dba

There's little to no regulation on how fan specs are measured and they're not very reliable for comparing fans. Look at benchmarks and in-depth reviews instead. Even then, the dBA isn't a good indicator of how pleasant the tonality of the fan is. 

NF-A14's perform better while being quieter. They may be as noisy if you run them at max rpm but you shouldn't be doing that. Quiet fans are meant to be run at low rpm when possible and have the extra headroom when the performance is needed. 

You can see an example here of how the noise level compares and how the HF-14 performance tanks even with just a bit of impedance: http://www.coolingtechnique.com/recensioni/air-cooling/ventole/1654-recensione-fractal-venturi-serie-hf-e-hp.html?start=6


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