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.
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.
Summary: I have 4 Noctua case fans so I figured their heatsinks would be good, and it is. I installed this on a ASUS Sabertooth X58 with a intel i7 970 6 core cpu and my temps went down 10c. at idle my hottest core is 28c and my coldest is 17c. ran prime 95 and hottest core was 57c and coolest core was 46c.
Pros: size, ease of install, down draft to cool northbridge, very quiet.
Summary: I bought this based on all the positive reviews here on newegg. Even with all the praises it has gotten, it exceeded my expectations. From the time you take it out of the box, you immediately know that this thing is exceptionally well-made. The instructions are very easy to follow, and it fits perfectly on my motherboard (MSI Z77A-GD65). It doesn't wobble or shift at all. It is very well designed and very well built.
Pros: 1. Very quiet. 2. Very effective. 3. Extremely well-made. 4. Excellent documentation.
Cons: It isn't really a con, but note that this thing is pretty big. I wouldn't try using this in a small case. It wouldn't work as well as it does if it wasn't large, though.