Summary: This is the best HSF across all manufacturers. I was hitting 95C when overclocking, and this lowered my temps to 45C when overclocking under full load (50C difference). Cooled my RAM as well and generally moves air in my case cooling everything due to it's MASSIVE fan diameter. Takes forever to get this heat sink dusty, and when it does get dusty, it is easy to clean as the fan clips off in no effort at all. Very accessible.
Pros: Fan design - No noise, many CFM, Cools Motherboard, ball bearings last forever, keeps on turning., HS Design - Large spacing between platters, limits collection of dust, Thick platters don't bend easy by accident and allow for better heat transfer. Easy to remove for servicing (just two screws). Sturdy back plate adapter which keeps motherboard straight and true., Plenty of heat transfer compound, can install several times and the compound remains pliable after a long...
Cons: Large, cannot access components unless it is removed, but easily removed. Difficult for first time install as it uses a large back plate to reinforce the weight of the heat sink which requires complete disassembly of motherboard. (really not a con)
Summary: I like that it provides some additional airflow down on the motherboard and I've oriented the fan to help move air over my RAM. It isn't much but it helps by a few degrees and every little bit counts. RAM in the first slot of my motherboard(Asus Z77 Sabertooth) is inaccessible with this heatsink installed. I knew this would be the case but it is an inconvenience that should be noted.
Pros: Easy installation., Extremely quiet., Additional cooling to motherboard.
Summary: This fan is so quiet I cannot even tell it is running when I turn on my computer. And it cools the CPU better than the stock coolers do. It is large, so people with small cases might have trouble getting it to fit. You have to set the speed of the fan manually but this isn't a real issue as it is so quiet you don't need to lower the speed for noise reasons.
Pros: Extremely Quiet, Very good cooling, Compatible with most processors
Cons: Not good for small cases, No PWM so have to set speed manually
Summary: Great heatsink. Have been using it for more than two years. At first I wasn't getting the results I was hoping for, but then I found out my MB upped the voltage on my phenom ii 965 BE and my case had garbage airflow. Replaced the case and lowered the voltage to 1.375. Temps are low.
Conclusion: Looking for a great CPU cooler with reasonable price and acceptable height to avoid the compatibility issue? If yes then we are highly recommending this Noctua NH-C12P to you which is not only a decent cooler but also comes with other great features and accessories such as able to cool down motherboard nearby components, NF-P12 fan, NT-H1 thermal compound and etc.
Pros: * Great & silent performance, * Easy installation & excellent finishing, * Airflow gaps for cooling motherboard nearby components, * Six heat pipes & nickel coated surface, * Comes with U.L.N.A, L.N.A & NT-H1
Cons: * LGA1366 mounting bracket need to be purchased separately
Pros: Well for one it is the best cooler I have used to date and I have built over 10 gaming rigs. It is very quiet with a stock RPM of 1200, and if you find that's too loud for you it has two other cables for fan speeds of 950 and 700 RPM's.
Summary: Oh well. This is the 3rd book-end I have purchased trying to find something that would fit my MB and memory.
Pros: Looks great and makes a good book-end.
Cons: Didn't fit on my ASUS Crosshair V Formula AM3+ AMD 990FX motherboard using Corsair XMP memory because there was not enough space above the memory modules built-in heat sinks. It probably would have worked with standard memory modules.