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Up Close: Assembled with fans

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Up Close:  Assembled with fans

The two 1400rpm silent wings fans are attached by means of traditional spring clips.  Set up in a push pull configuration blowing down through the larger of the fin stacks, onto the lower and then onto the motherboard itself.  The fans are isolated from the fin stacks by parallel rubber strips along the edges of the upper stack.  Where some spring clips can be an absolute sod to fit, these, we're pleased to say went on very easily. 

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With the fans attached the whole shooting match stands 130.8mm high, meaning it should fit into all but the smallest enclosures on the market.  Although it looks a bit of a chunky monkey the small initial footprint should see it clearing even the tallest RAM.

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Before we leave the cooler and move onto the build let's take a look at the underside, and specifically the contact plate and heat pipes.  As you can see, be quiet have opted for a near mirror finish CNC machined Copper base finished in a Nickel coating.  The heat pipes are also finished in Nickel with a very high quality of workmanship in evidence.  

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Most Recent Comments

25-06-2015, 14:19:37

It's a shame it performs poorly out of the box. Mainly due to the fans? I wonder how the single fan configuration performs, these down-draft coolers are great for height restricted HTPC / SFF builds.

I've got a NH-C14 that matches the NH-D14 nearly step for step on a 3960X workstation at work. Wouldn't the Be Quiet TF cooler look nice with some Noctua NF-A14's or NF-P14's strapped on there? I bet those temps would drop a tad too.

They should have followed Noctuas lead and put in some fin stack pass-throughs to allow easy access to the mounting kit.

25-06-2015, 14:30:54

Well most of these top down units are not realy for ultamate oc'ing there more for the budget mobo's that dont have mosfet heatsinks such as a lot of the budget FM2/+ mobos that can overclock, but you will still see in the manufactures notes that a top down heat sink is recommended.Quote

25-06-2015, 15:39:33

I'd say the price range of these places it out of the budget territory that something like the Zalman CNPS series or CM GeminII cover.Quote

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