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Noctua NH-D9DXi4-3U LGA2011 Xeon Server/Workstation Heatsink Review
Noctua NH-D9DXi4-3U LGA2011 Xeon Server/Workstation Heatsink Review
Overall Rating:   80%
Abstract: The Noctua NH-D9DXi4-3U is a mid-sized heatsink designed specifically for lower noise cooling of Intel Xeon processors in 3U height computer/server chassis. It's compact stature makes it ideal for rack mounted computers in a recording studio, video editing suite, operations control center...

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Home > Reviews > Page Title: 200 Watt Intel LGA2011 Heatsink Temperature Comparisons

FrostyTech Mk.III Synthetic Thermal Heatsink Test Results
Intel Core i7, Extreme Edition class heatsinks tested at a 200W heat load.
Results based on readings from a 38x38mm copper interface die with 200W heat load on the Intel version of the Mk.III Test Platform. Temperature results listed for each heatsink were calculated by determining the rise over ambient temperatures at time of test. Information on Frostytech's test methodology is available here.
Socket LGA2011-3 / 2011 /1366 compatible CPU heatsinks
Manufacturer: Model No.: *Fan Speed: 200W Thermal Test (°C) Noise Level (dBA)

Coolermaster Nepton 280L high 10.6 58.8
Coolermaster Nepton 140XL high 11.8 59.6
Arctic Liquid Freezer 240 high 12.2 46.0
Coolermaster Seidon 240M high 13.4 55.6
Silverstone Tundra TD02 high 13.6 53.0
DeepCool Maelstrom 240 high 13.8 58.6
Coolermaster Glacer 240L high 14.1 52.5
NZXT Kraken X60 high 14.5 60.7
Coolermaster Nepton 240M high 15.1 50.6
Noctua NH-D15 high 15.8 49.8
Noctua NH-U14S 17.0 47.3
Arctic Liquid Freezer 120 high 17.3 46.0
Coolermaster Seidon 120V high 17.5 54.3
NZXT Kraken X40 high 18.2 59.4
Reeven Okeanos RC-1402 high 18.3 54.2
Reeven Ouranos RC-1401 high 18.4 52.5
Silverstone Tundra TD03 high 18.7 58.1
Silverstone Argon AR01 high 18.8 53.0
X2 Products Eclipse IV high 19.1 57.4
Coolermaster Eisberg 240L high 19.1 50.5
BeQuiet Dark Rock TF 19.2 44.5
Reeven Justice RC-1204 high 19.2 48.5
BeQuiet Dark Rock Pro 3 high 19.5 43.7
Scythe Fuma high 19.6 49.1
Raijintek Themis high 19.7 52.8
Coolermaster V8 GTS high 20.0 59.7
BeQuiet Dark Rock 3 high 20.9 41.8
Corsair Hydro H80i high 21.1 64.0
Noctua NH-U12S 21.1 46.2
Raijintek Ereboss high 21.4 49.7
Zalman Reserator 3 Max high 21.6 58.9
Scythe Mugen 4 high 21.7 41.9
Zalman LQ315 high 21.9 50.8
Silverstone NT06-P high 22.1 51.6
Raijintek Pallas high 22.2 43.2
Scythe Ashura SCASR-1000 high 22.5 49.4
DeepCool Gamer Storm Lucifer high 23.0 52.5
Raijintek Aidos high 23.0 55.6
Reeven Hans RC-1205 high 23.1 49.4
Gamerstorm Lucifer K2 high 23.2 55.2
Silentium Fera2 HE1224 high 23.4 37.6
Zalman LQ310 high 23.8 52.7
Coolermaster Hyper D92 high 24.1 53.4
Phanteks PH-TC14S high 24.2 47.4
Scythe Ashura Shadow (SCASR-1000SE) high 24.2 51.4
Raijintek Tisis high 24.6 47.8
BeQuiet Shadow Rock Slim high 24.7 40.4
BeQuiet Shadow Rock 2 high 24.9 43.3
Scythe Ninja 4 high 25.5 43.2
Zalman LQ320 high 25.5 50.2
ID-Cooling SE-214X high 26.5 46.3
Gelid Antarctica (LGA1366) high 26.6

49.8

Noctua NH-D9DXi4 3U (front +2nd Fan) 27.7 47.4
BeQuiet Shadow Rock LP 27.9 42.6
BeQuiet PureRock 27.9 42.9
npowertek NPH-1366-115HC (LGA1366) high 28.7 44.8
Dynatron G556 (LGA1366/2U) 29.1 68.4
Noctua NH-U9S 30.2 44.3
Dynatron G555 (LGA1366/2U) 30.4 67.8
Dynatron G666 (LGA1366/2U) 31.8 68.7
Noctua NH-D9L 32.0 43.2
Scythe Mugen Max SCMGD-1000 high 34.2 48.7
Noctua NH-D9DXi4 3U 34.9 44.6
Silverstone NT01-Pro high 35.8 40.4
nPowerTek NPH1366-140HC (LGA1366) high 36.3 48.1
Phanteks PH-TC12LS high 36.4 43.4
Zalman FX-100 (w/h ZM-F2 fan) 36.9 28.5
Noctua NH-L9x65 high 44.8 46.1
Dynatron G199 (LGA1366/1U) 47.6 62.6
Zalman FX-100 (hor, ver) 63.0 0.0
200W Thermal Test (°C) Noise Level (dBA)
*Heatsinks are ranked according to the 200W Thermal Test results column (rise over ambient temp.). Low temperatures with low noise levels are considered best. For reference heatsinks with variable-speed fans, only the high speed (12V) fan test result is included in the comparison sheet; more detailed results reside in each specific heatsink review.

With a 200W heat load applied by the Intel LGA2011/1366 version of FrostyTech's synthetic thermal test platform, the Noctua NH-D9DXi4-3U heatsink yields a satisfactory temperature result of 34.9°C over ambient at stock fan speed (2000RPM / 43.2dBA).

Adding a second NF-A9 fan to the front of the NH-D9DXi4-3U heatsink improves performance nicely; test temperatures drop to a more average 27.7°C over ambient, though noise output does increase to 47.7dBA.

As anyone reading this Frostytech heatsink review already knows, there aren't a whole lot of lower noise heatsinks compatible with a 3U server chassis to choose from...

The Noctua NH-D9DXi4-3U is quite compact and offers satisfactory thermal performance in it's single fan configuration with minimal noise output. The heatsink does seem to suffer a bit on the cooling surface area front, but adding a second fan helps even things out a little. If your 3U chassis can support an extra 25mm in cooler length, we recommend installing a second 92mm fan to the front of this heatsink right out of the gate.

Otherwise, where 3U compatible heatsinks are required for lower noise Intel Xeon cooling, the Noctua NH-D9DXi4-3U heatsink is well worth considering. It may very well be a much quieter solution than the stock rack-mount chassis heatsink.... rack mount heatsinks are rarely, in our experience, designed with low noise cooling in mind at full load.

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 Page 1:  Noctua NH-D9DXi4-3U LGA2011 Xeon Server/Workstation Heatsink Review
 Page 2:  360° View - Noctua NH-D9DXi4-3U Heatsink
 Page 3:  Acoustic Comparisons and Base Surface Quality
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