David Cole wrote:
Thanks. Is 140mm fan and heatsink likely to clear the memory modules?
1. Your board is on their compatibility list:http://www.noctua.at/main.php?show=comp ... =35&lng=en
2. Clearing the memory modules is another matter. Memory with those spiky heat sinks can cause a lot of problems with lots of coolers.
If you run into a problem with this cooler, you can choose to forgo the bottom fan. Every situation is different, but despite its low stature, it provides a great deal of clearance to the memory:
There is a picture of it at the bottom of this page that shows how much clearance over memory it has even with the lower fan in place:http://www.silentpcreview.com/article1138-page3.html
"There was 46 mm of clearance underneath the bottom fan"
3. By removing the lower fan you will pick up an additional 25mm of clearance. That gives you 71mm of clearance. I am unaware of any memory that needs 71mm of clearance. Probably you will be able to keep the lower fan in place and it will keep your memory very cool whether or not the memory has heat sinks. 46mm is all you will likely need,
4. Currently this model is the "king of the heatsinks", edging out its sibling the Noctua NH-D14 as well as the Prolimatech Megahalems (though reasonable people could differ on this).
see:http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.c ... 562&page=5http://www.silentpcreview.com/article1138-page6.html
5. Thermalright Venomous, Thermalright HR-01 and HR-02, any Prolimatech tower cooler would all make good choices. Scythe Mugen would also make a good choice. It is arguably half a class below these others... but it is a lot cheaper. The Mugen probably gives you the most bang per buck. In my opinion the NH-C14 gives you the most bank period... unless you are doing some heavy overclocking with dual video cards (in which you might want to explore water cooling).
Part of the NH-C14's "bang' is that it's down wash cools your motherboard components... extending the life of the hotter elements of your motherboard.