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: Freaking fantastically effective cooler. With a Core 2 Duo, after 12 hours at idle, CPU temp had settled at 41c. After two full hours at 100% CPU load using Stress with 8 threads, the temperature increased to 42c. 'nuff said. It's quiet, the contact surface is polished, it comes with all the bits and they are good.
Cons: The cooler on the ZOTAC GF9300-A-E fits in only one orientation, which is fine, but the fan is huge in diameter so it hits the power supply. The contact pressure against the power supply doesn't quite exert enough force to dislodge it from making good contact with the CPU. I've not been able to come up with a work around short of zip tying the fan off center so I'm going to leave it in contact with the power supply. This Zotac board places the CPU quite close to the p...
Summary: I was originally going to give this a much lower rating, but it turns out it was my own dumb fault I was getting horrid temperatures. I had neglected to manually set some voltages in my BIOS when overclocking my i7, and of course the "auto" setting decided to jack them into the stratosphere... I was wondering why the heck I was getting 90*C plus on Intel Burn Test (yikes!
Pros: Quiet! I like that a lot, as I was dreading having another rig with idling jet-plane syndrome. The pitch to the fan is also fairly pleasant, it's more of a gentle "whoosh" than the annoying whine some fans emit. It also comes with some jumpers that lower fan speed, if you're going for absolute silence. Though it is still a large cooler with a lot of surface area, you have plenty of room to fit in in a small case that might not take a big tower cooler. Clearance around...
Cons: I took an egg off because the cost vs cooling ratio, at least in my case, leaves me feeling that I could have done better. Of course, I'm using it in a micro ATX system so perhaps it just doesn't like the tight spaces, and you have to factor in the fact that a cheaper tower cooler wouldn't have fit inside my case. Don't get me wrong- the cooling is very good, but it's not fantastic. I'm going to add another case fan and see if that might help things go a bit lower.
Summary: Its a great cooler, but if you can fit a tower style cooler, go with that. While I'm not rushing out to replace it, I would only buy this again if I had a case that couldn't fit the more common tower coolers. AMD Phenom II 965 Black Edition (C3) Noctua NH-C12P SE14 ASUS Crosshair III Formula XFX 5850 Black Edition ASUS Xonar D2X Corsair HX750W Samsung F3 1TB Coolermaster CM690 II Advanced
Pros: I like this cooler a lot. You can tell from the minute you open the box that a lot of quality thought and craftsmanship went into this product. I love the fan, and have already ordered and installed others for my case. The shape of the cooler will allow you to fit it in almost any case along with a side case fan. Don't be fooled though, its still a rather large heatsink, and will almost assuredly cover some of your RAM slots, so plan accordingly. I'm able to fit 2 tal...
Cons: I knocked off an egg, because at this price, there really are some better coolers to go with. Not that there is any quality lacking with this product, but the tower designs are just more efficient. I wish that I had spend just a few more dollars and gone with an NH-12UP with the push/pull fans, or other similarly priced tower coolers.
Summary: This is cooling a core i7 extreme edition @ 3.2GHz for the moment. I easily tweaked it higher to 3.6GHz but ended up pushing the CPU over 75C w/ the ultra low noise fan setting (see the con above). Since quiet operation is more important for me, I think I'll leave it as is for the moment.
Pros: Easy two step installation process, good (but not extreme) cooling performance. Large fan can go very quiet on ultra low noise setting. I am not a huge fan of attaching fans with clips but it works fine, provided that you install the fan on the cooler before you drop it on the mobo (or install the whole thing outside). Otherwise, you'll need some finger acrobatics but it's still manageable. Overall pretty good product.
Cons: It comes with a 3 pin fan (no PWM) and you need to change "adapters" to tune it to one of 3 speed settings. The adapters are nothing but flimsy cables with in line resistors. With that, you can either tune for lower noise or higher performance but no middle ground. A 120mm PWM Scythe fan would fair out much better (yeah I ended up doing just that, couple of cable ties to secure it in place and that was that).
Excerpt: Dnes sem poštou dostal balíček s tímto produktem, i když zprvu vypadal chladič firmy Noctua jako velkoobjemové zboží a zdálo se, že se do case velikosti middletower nevejde,tak opak byl pravdou.