Summary: I use Antec True-quiet fans, I could probably have better temps if I used stronger and louder fans. By the time the AS-5 settles all the way my CPU max in winter should be 52C-53C. First time buying Noctua, and I would definitely buy from them again. Very quiet heatsink. With the SSD, true quiet fans and this heatsink my PC is crazy quiet. 4 months on with no problems.
Pros: I have an Intel i4770k with an AMD 7950 3GB video card in a medium size tower with 6 case fans (Corsair 200R) . Prior to installing this heatsink , my CPU max temp in games like BF4 would go all the way up to 79C. The GPU max temp would be around 75C. The Noctua heatsink + Artic Silver 5 brought my CPU max down to 54C (in the winter) , while bringing my GPU max down to 64C. CPU Idle temp was reduced a good 12-15 degrees C or so.
Cons: None. Fit with plenty of space in my Corsair 200R. I have both side fans installed and could have gotten away with a larger Noctua heatsink.
Summary: Fits on my Asus P5Q-E perfectly in my Fractal Design Define R-4 case. Provides outstanding cooling performance on my E8500 core 2 duo at 4000 mhz, 61c after 2 hours of prime 95.
Pros: Lightweight for it's size, Good clearance for nb/sb heat pipes and sinks, impeccable mounting system, inaudible with the ultra low noise adapter(barely perceivable with the low noise adapter or straight wired), outstanding quality.
Summary: If you plan on getting an after market fan be sure to get a 120mm because the fan was designed with 120mm mounting holes the hinges that come with the cooler won't fit any other 140mm fan I learned the hard way, this is just a warning for people wanting to buy this cooler.
Pros: Great Cooling, Looks Nice
Cons: Hangs over ram slots, after market fans are hard to install. Read other thoughts
Summary: My build is using Gskill memory modules with relatively all heatspreaders and the Noctua fan is still able to fit over top of the memory. Just make sure to install the heatsink with the pipes facing away from the memory slots. Worst case scenario you can remove the bottom fan and should then have plenty of room.
Pros: VERY effective cooling, pretty quiet, good price point for a high end cooler
Cons: This thing is HUGE, covering almost the entire top half of a full ATX motherboard. Without much room to work around it or any way to see the mounting points from above the heatsink assembly can be very difficult to install even though it is a simple process with easy to understand instructions. If you try to attach it with the motherboard outside the case it will likely cover several of the motherboard screw holes and make the motherboard impossible to install properly
Good heat sink, but could have slightly better design
Gary K., Newegg
16 December 2013
Summary: Still a great heat-sink overall and had little to no trouble installing it (processor-wise). If I didn't have to pull two of my memory modules to make it fit, I would have absolutely no complaints. Minus one egg for lack of better design.
Pros: Comes with directions for noobs LOL Easy to install on AMD boards Comes with everything necessary to install a typical heat-sink Great coolant design Does a fantastic job of keeping an 8 core AMD CPU cool!
Cons: The design of this heat sink causes obstruction!!! I had to remove two of my memory modules in order to install this heat sink, so headway was not taken into account when this heatsink was designed. If I put the heat sink in one direction it sat angled on the memory and would merely lean on the CPU which could not be installed that way, obviously! The only way that method would work would be to remove all four of my memory modules. Again, pretty obvious that would be ...
Pros: Comes with thermal paste, everything fits, quality, CPU stays cool. Cooling fins undercut to accommodate RAM in nearest RAM slot.
Cons: Instructions don't mention 1150 socket, but you will figure out to remove the center rubber insulator from the "X" part that goes onto the bottom of the motherboard without their help just by checking the fit.
A joy to unpack, and easy and uber-secure brackets
James B., Newegg
1 September 2013
Pros: This is the second Noctua I've bought. This one fits nicely in my Small form factor custom case with room to spare. I get a genuine thrill unpacking these coolers, as every as the build to the packaging wispers swiss watch-like quality. My favorite feature of the Noctuas are the brackets which are easy to install that don't put me through a panic like some other well known, yet highly regarded brands that install awkwardly.
Summary: Overall a great heat sink fan. Quiet, cool, easy too install, and attractive. I highly recommend it.
Pros: I got this solely because it matched very well with the redwood case it was going in (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811204039) It's completely silent. Very easy to install for AMD (the Intel looked to be kind of a pain though). Relatively low profile for a 140mm fan.
Cons: I just wish the heat spreader and pipes where copper, but I didn't take an egg off since it keeps my CPU very cool.
Summary: I replaced my Intel 4770 stock heatsink with this bad boy due to overheating issues. Running Prime95 with the Intel stock heatsink the CPU was hitting 100C after 2-3 minutes, after replacing the heatsink with the Noctua NH-C12P SE14 after 10 minutes the highest temp has been 67 degrees. I'm not using one of the low noise adapters because the video card is louder than the CPU. I used 5 tiny drops of thermal paste one in the center, and close to the 4 corners.
Pros: Massive Quite Cool
Cons: Some users don't know what they are taking about regarding this heatsink it runs much cooler.