You're absolutely right. A cheaper cooler will be 4-5c hotter. However, what you are forgetting is that 4-5c on an overclock isn't insignificant. It's absolutely HUGE.
My Phenom 2 940 was hitting 52c in Prime 95 @ 3.4ghz using both a Corsair H50 *and* a NH-12CP. That was it, that was the limit. Another 1c and the machine would go BZZZZZP through the speakers and restart. So as much as AMD say it has a max temp of 62? olbocks. It may well before it goes bang, but taking it over 52 simply makes it reboot. And that isn't down to my bios or software as they are set to 60.
So again it would depend on what you consider value. Me? Well, getting my CPU to a rock solid Prime stable 3.8ghz? well worth the money. That's another 12% on top of the 12% that the other coolers could manage and in real world terms? Oh my it makes one hell of a difference.
You said yourself mate that you weren't happy with your temps. Temps are something we can never be truly happy with as we all want the lowest ones possible. On air that means you need to spend. The cooler you have ordered is around the same price as the one you had before. Infact after a check they are priced identically - £32 or so.
That means you have now spent £64. However the key here is price to performance. Both coolers are priced the same - what's clear about that picture?
You are going to get what you pay for mate. No company makes a miracle cooler that can perform as well as the Noctua for anywhere close to the price.
I know it's expensive but hey, what I would do is return the Scythe, get a refund, whack on the stock cooler and sell the Akasa then get the Noctua.
Ed. I'm not being patronising and I am not trying to chastise you. If you think you have done a few coolers in search of the holy grail?.... Me? I got three. A Noctua NH92 twin fan. A corsair H50 and a NH-C12p. You can imagine what I spent on those (£150+). What a waste.
Originally Posted by Complex!
Come on guys, stop this cr*p about the NH-D14, quite frankly I've had enough of it, too. All people on this forum ever say when it comes to CPU coolers is NH-D14! Sure it's a great cooler but if someone's looking for a budget cooling solution the NH-D14 is not for him.
Now you obviously don't seem to understand this so let me explain it once and for all.
This site is an honest website. We don't tell people lies or offer them false hopes. The recommendations don't fluctuate to suit dude. There are good products and there are not so good products -it's as simple as that.
The best air cooler in the world is the NH-D14. Due to that (fact, jack) then any one who can speak with experience is going to be honest. And the honest truth is that the NH is worth every penny because of what it can do.
He has asked how the two coolers he has listed compare, we have told him the truth. He has asked how to drop his temps, we have told him the truth. Sometimes the truth can hurt but you know what dude? I would rather p*ss people off and upset them and do EVERYTHING I can to prevent them from making a mistake than say "hey you know what? that cooler is AMAZING" and then them sit there in a weeks time and say -
"FFS, what a bunch of lying f***ing w**kers"
And that my friend is true honesty. If it upsets? FINE. I don't give a flying s**t in honesty. I tried my absolute level best to prevent some one recently from buying a Sapphire motherboard. At first he refused to listen, then he got bound by a contract. Two days later he's back "Waah this motherboard is utter s**t, bios is terrible, update uses a method from the ark ETC ETC".
So you see, had I said "yeah great board dude !" then I would have been responsible. As it went yeah, I'll still try and offer the poor sod some advice (note every one else was just done talking to him) and try help him out. I trust he has now learned the error of his ways.
This site as far as I can tell is a big important place that deals every day with manufacturers. Not just some soap box where every one gets on their high horse and spouts off tripe. As thus you need to be responsible and honest when offering advice.
I hope you can understand that, because I'm sure as heck Tom does.
Oh and dude. Are you running an NH? If not get one. If you come back unhappy I will stick a pineapple up my rectum dry.