Question Noctua NH-U14S TR4 or CoolerMaster MasterLiquid ML360 RGB TR4 Edition for Threadripper 3960x?

spikeysonic

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Noctua NH-U14S TR4 air cooler or CoolerMaster MasterLiquid ML360 RGB TR4 Edition All In One Liquid CPU Cooler ?


Both seem to have full size and rectangular Threadripper Heat spreader plate contact plates

But with the threadripper likly to be turboed in rendering and encoding a lot of the time which would be better likewise if I upgrade the processor to a 3970x or higher at a later date?
 

extreme_noob

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The coolermaster option looks like a standard asetek pump, which works best with AM4 and LGA1151, but with a larger metal plate. It's not terrible, but it's certainly not great. The U14S on the other hand has heatpipes contacting the whole top surface, but has less cooling power. I think you should go with the coolermaster AIO because the 360mm rad should still do better than the 140mm heatsink despite the strange contact with IHS.
 

Asetek_shawn

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Nope. Not ours. And did you catch ASUS ROG showed their concept TR4 AIO cooler at CES? Massive, full coverage and yes that is Asetek. https://www.tomshardware.com/news/asuss-new-threadripper-concept-cooler-at-ces

Definitely go for liquid cooling with Threadripper. Check this for a nice and recent addition to the age-old air vs liquid debate
View: https://youtu.be/qntVQmLHDhI


The coolermaster option looks like a standard asetek pump, which works best with AM4 and LGA1151, but with a larger metal plate. It's not terrible, but it's certainly not great. The U14S on the other hand has heatpipes contacting the whole top surface, but has less cooling power. I think you should go with the coolermaster AIO because the 360mm rad should still do better than the 140mm heatsink despite the strange contact with IHS.
 

extreme_noob

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Nope. Not ours. And did you catch ASUS ROG showed their concept TR4 AIO cooler at CES? Massive, full coverage and yes that is Asetek. https://www.tomshardware.com/news/asuss-new-threadripper-concept-cooler-at-ces

Definitely go for liquid cooling with Threadripper. Check this for a nice and recent addition to the age-old air vs liquid debate
View: https://youtu.be/qntVQmLHDhI
Oh that's my bad. I looked at the block and thought it was just a bit too small to cover the whole IHS, and assumed it was asetek. I agree that water cooling is definitely necessary though.
 

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