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Aio vs Noctua D15s

Daddy Dave
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I wanted to get a NZXT kraken on something like that. People told me to get a Noctua. SO this is what I built. When I showed my family my build they said it was ugky cuz of the big cooler taking up all the space. I showed them a aio cooler and they thought that was cooler. I just want to assure myself that the Noctua D15s is the best. Here is my build

 

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The NH-D15 provide great thermals nearly on par with AIO water cooling solutions and is relatively quiet as well in comparaison. Hence why it might be recommended over an AIO.


That said, it's really up to you. If you prefer the aesthetic of an AIO cooling solution or plan to be moving your computer around a lot, you might be better off with an AIO. Otherwise the D15 is an excellent cooling solution.

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Careful not to be confusing NH-D15 and NH-D15S

 

I'd take neither and go with Dark Rock Pro 4 instead because it performs the same as the NH-D15 (the better one not the S) but it looks SO MUCH BETTER.

 

*Just a heads up, that motherboard you chosen is quite bad, it's just severely overpriced due to ROG branding, if you can reconsider it and go with an Aorus board instead.

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CPU: Intel Core i7 8700 @4.45ghz |~| Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212X |~| MOBO: Gigabyte Z370M D3H mATX|~| RAM: 16gb DDR4 3333mhzCL16 G.Skill Trident Z |~| GPU: nVidia Founders Edition GTX 1080 Ti |~| PSU: Corsair TX650M 80Plus Gold |~| Boot:  SSD WD Green M.2 2280 240GB |~| Storage: 1x3TB HDD 7200rpm Seagate Barracuda + SanDisk Ultra 3D 1TB |~| Case: Fractal Design Meshify C Mini |~| Display: Toshiba UL7A 4K/60hz |~| OS: Windows 10 Pro.

Luna, the temporary Desktop:

CPU: Intel Core i7 10700KF @ 5.0Ghz (5.1Ghz 4-core) |~| Cooling: bq! Dark Rock 4 Pro |~| MOBO: Gigabyte Z490 UD |~| RAM: 32G Kingston HyperX @ 2666Mhz CL13 |~| GPU: AMD Radeon RX 6800 (Reference) |~| PSU: Corsair HX1000 80+ Platinum |~| Windows Boot Drive: 2x 512GB (1TB total) Plextor SATA SSD (RAID0 volume) |~| Linux Boot Drive: 500GB Kingston A2000 |~| Storage: 4TB WD Black HDD |~| Case: Cooler Master Silencio S600 |~| Display 1 (leftmost): Eizo (unknown model) 1920x1080 IPS @ 60Hz|~| Display 2 (center): BenQ ZOWIE XL2540 1920x1080 TN @ 240Hz |~| Display 3 (rightmost): Wacom Cintiq Pro 24 3840x2160 IPS @ 60Hz 10-bit |~| OS: Windows 10 Pro (games / art) + Linux (distro: NixOS; programming and daily driver)
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I personally use a D15 (non S) and find it much better than an AIO. It gives me awesome thermals and have security knowing I don't have to worry about any issues in the long run (like leaking or pump failing).

 

Heres a picture of how it looks in my case. I also have the chromax heatsink covers for it:

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6 minutes ago, maryjane2801 said:

I will choose aio.

Wow much informative.

 

This is not pick what you prefer, you expose the pros and cons and help on a decision and AIO's are just for aesthetics, they perform worse than their air cooler counter-parts while costing the double and adding a lot more points of failure.

Personal Desktop":

CPU: Intel Core i7 8700 @4.45ghz |~| Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212X |~| MOBO: Gigabyte Z370M D3H mATX|~| RAM: 16gb DDR4 3333mhzCL16 G.Skill Trident Z |~| GPU: nVidia Founders Edition GTX 1080 Ti |~| PSU: Corsair TX650M 80Plus Gold |~| Boot:  SSD WD Green M.2 2280 240GB |~| Storage: 1x3TB HDD 7200rpm Seagate Barracuda + SanDisk Ultra 3D 1TB |~| Case: Fractal Design Meshify C Mini |~| Display: Toshiba UL7A 4K/60hz |~| OS: Windows 10 Pro.

Luna, the temporary Desktop:

CPU: Intel Core i7 10700KF @ 5.0Ghz (5.1Ghz 4-core) |~| Cooling: bq! Dark Rock 4 Pro |~| MOBO: Gigabyte Z490 UD |~| RAM: 32G Kingston HyperX @ 2666Mhz CL13 |~| GPU: AMD Radeon RX 6800 (Reference) |~| PSU: Corsair HX1000 80+ Platinum |~| Windows Boot Drive: 2x 512GB (1TB total) Plextor SATA SSD (RAID0 volume) |~| Linux Boot Drive: 500GB Kingston A2000 |~| Storage: 4TB WD Black HDD |~| Case: Cooler Master Silencio S600 |~| Display 1 (leftmost): Eizo (unknown model) 1920x1080 IPS @ 60Hz|~| Display 2 (center): BenQ ZOWIE XL2540 1920x1080 TN @ 240Hz |~| Display 3 (rightmost): Wacom Cintiq Pro 24 3840x2160 IPS @ 60Hz 10-bit |~| OS: Windows 10 Pro (games / art) + Linux (distro: NixOS; programming and daily driver)
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Well most people thinks the Noctua fans are fugly and I can't say they are wrong. And a AIO with it's tiny CPU-block often with RGB, who can argue that they doesn't look better than most air-coolers? 

 

Is it your computer or is it the family's? Does it matter what they think if it is your computer? You don't have to use the noctua fans, but then there are more logic to buy a Dark Rock, Deep Cool Gammaxx, Arctic Freezer and so on instead. 

 

You could always argue that with an AIO there are risk of leakage and pump-failure, both could potentially literally fry your computer. If the fan stops on an AIO or air-cooler the computer just should do a thermal shutdown before anything gets damaged.

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On 12/28/2018 at 3:32 PM, Slottr said:

I personally use a D15 (non S) and find it much better than an AIO. It gives me awesome thermals and have security knowing I don't have to worry about any issues in the long run (like leaking or pump failing).

 

Heres a picture of how it looks in my case. I also have the chromax heatsink covers for it:

I have the D15s 

 

On 12/28/2018 at 3:50 PM, Princess Cadence said:

Wow much informative.

 

This is not pick what you prefer, you expose the pros and cons and help on a decision and AIO's are just for aesthetics, they perform worse than their air cooler counter-parts while costing the double and adding a lot more points of failure.

Thank you for telling him. And also thank you for being informative 

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I’ve grown to love the Noctua

aesthetics! D15 all the way. It performs ~ the same as my colleagues AIO on the same 7820x cpu at stock...in the same Corsair carbide case, but big brown is quieter. 

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On 12/28/2018 at 3:50 PM, Mattias Edeslatt said:

Well most people thinks the Noctua fans are fugly and I can't say they are wrong. And a AIO with it's tiny CPU-block often with RGB, who can argue that they doesn't look better than most air-coolers? 

 

Is it your computer or is it the family's? Does it matter what they think if it is your computer? You don't have to use the noctua fans, but then there are more logic to buy a Dark Rock, Deep Cool Gammaxx, Arctic Freezer and so on instead. 

 

You could always argue that with an AIO there are risk of leakage and pump-failure, both could potentially literally fry your computer. If the fan stops on an AIO or air-cooler the computer just should do a thermal shutdown before anything gets damaged.

It’s mine. I just care a lot about what people think. I purchased the Noctua NH-D15s 

 

On 12/28/2018 at 3:56 PM, TLF said:

I’ve grown to love the Noctua

aesthetics! D15 all the way. It performs ~ the same as my colleagues AIO on the same 7820x cpu at stock...in the same Corsair carbide case, but big brown is quieter. 

Why did you put your mobo upside down 

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10 minutes ago, Daddy Dave said:

I have the D15s 

Theres a difference in about 5oC, aesthetically they will look the same.

 

I'm sharing my experience with the D15s' bigger brother with you to help you justify whichever option you go with.

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4 minutes ago, Daddy Dave said:

Why did you put your mobo upside down 

It’s an inverted chassis, supposedly for better airflow but not sure how true that is...anyone know? 

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Macho Direct

 

It's ok to sacrifice that 0.1ghz clockspeed for $40+ savings over the D15S, DRP4 etc.

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5 hours ago, Slottr said:

Theres a difference in about 5oC, aesthetically they will look the same.

 

I'm sharing my experience with the D15s' bigger brother with you to help you justify whichever option you go with.

Shoot I already bought it

 

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