Summary: On the other hand, being forced to remove some ram caused me to discover an issue with the ram I had. That was a very good thing to discover! Now, I actually have the usable amount near what it was before. Serendipity.
Pros: Nearly dead quiet on the lower setting. Keeps it plenty cool.
Cons: Big. Really big. Had to remove some ram to get it to fit. There should be a warning and fan dimensions so any buyer will understand how installing it will impact other items in your case.
Summary: I have a ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO LGA 1150 Intel Z87, with G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series ram. The bottom fan would come into contact with the ram so I was forced to remove it. This might not be an issue if you have low profile ram, or on certain mobo's.
Pros: Extremely efficient Quiet under load Blows air directly onto the mobo Sturdy and well built
Cons: Large Pain to install and unistall When seated bottom fan touches ram
Summary: As a home computing enthusiast, I've used a few big honking PC coolers before, such as an old Arctic Cooler Freezer Pro model. However, having shelled out the extra dosh for this Noctua model, I don't see any reason to ever go back again.
Summary: I have a mini ITX motherboard, which is pretty small, and although this cooler is rated to fir on mini ITX boards, I found it too heavy and cover up too much of the motherboard. I'd say use a cooler of this size on a micro ATX or larger motherboard.
Pros: Noctua build quality. 2 high performance and fairly quiet fans for push pull setup on this cooler. Speed adjustments with cable attachment or software controlled. Quality mounting hardware.
Summary: I loved its cooling capabilities, got it on lowest RPM with supplied cables, but faced a problem as I can't install my graphic card on PCIE 1 and had to use PCIE 3 as the first was too high and the card will have contact all the time with the Noctua.
Summary: It doesn't seem to matter whether the fans blow away from the CP (logical: move heat the way it wants to go anyway) or at the CP (their unexplained recommendation). If you choose to have it blow away from the chip, you'll have to re-site the bails to the other edge and rotate them 90 degrees, which...
Pros: It seems to keep a Phenom II x6 1045T (95W, not o/c'd) fairly cool when the CP load is about 50%. Not cold (which I expected) but cool according to CPID HW Mon . It comes with 2 different speed- and noise-reducing resistor options. I chose to leave them out and run at full speed. It's easier to i...
Cons: From hard-won experience, I prefer to keep everything in the case not merely cool but *cold*, if I can. I thought that on humid days this fan should begin to cause frost to form, but not so. That puzzles me and I wonder whether there's less to these oversize sinks and fans than meets the eye. I'l...
Summary: First off the cooler itself is great no problems there. Got my 3770k to 4.5 and it only 52C. I am running both fans off chassis header because they are voltage controlled and at low rpm u can feel a small vibration. if u gave tall memory you may run into clearance issues if you use the bottom fan.
Pros: awesome cooler
Cons: no pulse control fans out of balance at low rpm