Is an NH D15 going to be enough to quietly cool an I9 9900k?

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thevisi0nary
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4 posts since 8 Feb, 2016

Post Fri Mar 01, 2019 6:49 am

I am building a new workstation (upgrading from an i7 4790k), I work with projects with a lot of Kontakt instances. I am nervous about going down the wrong route with this. On the audio boards, I have seen people have been having a good experience with the 9900k and have not had an issue cooling it, on other boards I see it can be problematic. I am not using this for gaming, so I will not be getting a video card. I am wondering how well the NH D15 will work for cooling a 9900k at 5ghz? I would really rather not do any liquid cooling.

I may still possibly just go with the 8700k and overclock it if it is going to be much less of a hassle cooling wise, but as time goes on my projects will get bigger and ideally I would like to not replace my computer for another 5-7 years.

As far as I understand, for my purpose having the two extra cores in the 9900k would be worth it over the 8700k even if I didn't overclock it.

Any opinions on this would be greatly appreciated.


thevisi0nary
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4 posts since 8 Feb, 2016

Re: Is an NH D15 going to be enough to quietly cool an I9 9900k?

Post Fri Mar 01, 2019 3:20 pm

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Pictus wrote:
Fri Mar 01, 2019 12:28 pm
This may give an idea:

https://www.techspot.com/review/1730-in ... page3.html (https://www.techspot.com/review/1730-intel-core-i9-9900k-core-i7-9700k/page3.html)

https://www.techspot.com/review/1744-co ... round-two/ (https://www.techspot.com/review/1744-core-i9-9900k-round-two/)

https://www.reddit.com/r/intel/comments ... mal_temps/ (https://www.reddit.com/r/intel/comments/9ydcwl/i9_9900k_oc_normal_temps/)

https://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/8842/ ... ndex6.html (https://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/8842/quiet-dark-rock-pro-4-cpu-cooler-review/index6.html)
Ah man this whole thing stresses me out!

Okay so if I interpreted this correctly, then the NH D15 will be sufficient for the 9900k if I am not overclocking?

I guess my main concern is balancing longevity and (lesser so) with value. But most importantly I don’t want the new machine to be problematic. I believe I will see a big difference over the 4790k going with either the 9900k or 8700k, but is going stock with the 9900k worth getting over the 8700k? I figured it might as well be worth it for the two extra cores if I do not want to buy a new cpu in the next 5 years. I also may replace the NH D15 in the future if I decide to try and overclock. (Getting an auros z390 master for the mobo).

Just don’t want to drop a lot of money and end up with an unstable system, but I also don’t want to compromise is it’s worth it and my concerns are overblown.

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Pictus
KVRist
185 posts since 21 Aug, 2017 from Brasil

Re: Is an NH D15 going to be enough to quietly cool an I9 9900k?

Post Fri Mar 01, 2019 5:15 pm

thevisi0nary wrote:
Fri Mar 01, 2019 3:20 pm
Okay so if I interpreted this correctly, then the NH D15 will be sufficient for the 9900k if I am not overclocking?
Yes and you may able to set all cores to 4.7GHz if you tweak the AVX offset.
+- 1.2v to 1.25v for the CPU(the good ones), YMMV.
https://youtu.be/d8rY4TrcDXg

As for 9900k or 8700k, check
https://techreport.com/review/34192/int ... reviewed/6
http://www.scanproaudio.info/2018/10/19 ... e-refresh/

If you want the *ultimate* silent PC, get a custom water cooler and place
the pump/radiator into another room...

thevisi0nary
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4 posts since 8 Feb, 2016

Re: Is an NH D15 going to be enough to quietly cool an I9 9900k?

Post Fri Mar 01, 2019 7:36 pm

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Pictus wrote:
Fri Mar 01, 2019 5:15 pm
thevisi0nary wrote:
Fri Mar 01, 2019 3:20 pm
Okay so if I interpreted this correctly, then the NH D15 will be sufficient for the 9900k if I am not overclocking?
Yes and you may able to set all cores to 4.7GHz if you tweak the AVX offset.
+- 1.2v to 1.25v for the CPU(the good ones), YMMV.
https://youtu.be/d8rY4TrcDXg

As for 9900k or 8700k, check
https://techreport.com/review/34192/int ... reviewed/6 (https://techreport.com/review/34192/intel-core-i9-9900k-cpu-reviewed/6)
http://www.scanproaudio.info/2018/10/19 ... e-refresh/ (http://www.scanproaudio.info/2018/10/19/intels-i9-9900k-and-the-coffee-lake-refresh/)

If you want the *ultimate* silent PC, get a custom water cooler and place
the pump/radiator into another room...
Thank you so much, I am going with the 9900k, auros master, nh d15, and 3200 ram (just cause why not).

One last question I have to ask, as I am not very tech savvy with this level of computing. I just noticed that the auros master only has 1 hdmi out, and I use two monitors. Will adding a cheap, silent graphics card create any sort of additional draw away from the cpu? Or will it do the opposite? I was hoping to make the build as slim as possible but two monitors are paramount for me.

Was looking at this one, I don't need anything fancy as I am only using this for audio.
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product. ... 6814127930 (https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16814127930)

Also, thank you for taking the time to reply to people and helping people like me who are not informed.

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Pictus
KVRist
185 posts since 21 Aug, 2017 from Brasil

Re: Is an NH D15 going to be enough to quietly cool an I9 9900k?

Post Sat Mar 02, 2019 11:48 am

I am glad to help, If you add AMD GPU, no problem.
But Nvidia can be a risk...
See viewtopic.php?p=7060297

The AMD 500 series only turn on the fan when hot.
https://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductL ... ageSize=36

sneer
KVRer
8 posts since 25 Mar, 2019

Re: Is an NH D15 going to be enough to quietly cool an I9 9900k?

Post Mon Mar 25, 2019 8:47 am

Any update? How's NH D15 cooling your 9900k @5GHz?

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