Help with i7 Noctua Cooler

coaxui

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Hey all,

I recently installed the Noctua cooler (nh-u12p SE 1366) and installed both the noctua fans that came with the cooler. The orientation of the fans on either side of the cooler are facing inwards, blowing air into the heatsink. Now I was not sure whether to have one fan facing inwards and one outwards as I might not achieve optimal air flow with both fans facing inwards.

When I ran real temp to look at the cpu temperatures I did not see much difference between the temperatures I got from using the stock i7 cooler. Idle temp were usually 40-45 using the stock cooler. Now they are 35-40. That is probably the upper range of the temperatures I get using the Noctua. I overclocked my cpu to around 3.2 Ghz, and the idle temperature is around 37-42. Under load 67-73.

I was just wondering if I should be getting lower idle temperatures using the Noctua cooler, or is this the average range. Would using different fan orientation on the heatsink help at all? Am currently using the Artic Cooling-MX2 thermal paste.

Many thanks in advance.

Core i7 920
OCZ DDR3 1600mhz 6gb
ati radeon 4870 1gb.
 

Raviolissimo

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i have a noctua NH-U12 on an E6850 in a system that runs Vista. the E6850 is a 65 nM
dual core. it stays very cool, sometimes i wonder if it needs a fan at all.

what you have sounds like a great set-up that is working right. were you thinking it
might be a lower temp ?
 

cokenbeer

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If I understand correctly you have both fans blowing into the heatsink?

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If so switch it asap :p

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You want it like that, blowing out the back of your case.
 

coaxui

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Thanks, switched it but not sure if I saw any visible difference in cooling performance. I guess the temperatures are reasonable, going to try to overclock to 3.6.