Summary: I made a paper template before purchasing this large cooler to check for clearance in my case.
Pros: I was surprised to find an extra (optional) support bracket that was not pictured or mentioned by other reviews I have read. The bracket is easy to install with 2 supplied screws. This support bracket is to help protect from damage when moving your PC. I see no reason not to use it, even if you don't move your PC much. The whole install was very easy using the AMD bracket. I cannot speak to Intel install. It also fit very nicely in my very old Lian Li PC-60 case. Desp...
Summary: This fit perfectly in my Lian-li PC60 case. I had some doubts as it is bigger than it looks in the pictures. This lowered my CPU temps from 50 degrees with the stock Intel cooler to 25 degrees. Very nice. The other fans in the case barely have to operate anymore. Take note though, that your RAM needs to be short. In my setup, I have about a 1mm clearance between the RAM and cooler.
Summary: tests on other websites show that there is little difference between running 2 fans and using only the top fan (bottom fan only shows a more significant difference). so, if you have RAM with top fins, its not a big deal to remove the bottom fan (which has the added benefit of being somewhat quieter). Alternatively, you could remove the fins from the RAM, if allowed (such as on Trident-X RAM) and get extra RAM cooling from the fan blowing over it.
Pros: •this is a great alternative to the D14. while the performance isn't quite as good, it is one of the best if you clearance issues with the tower style HSF (in my case, the GPU placement on my motherboard is the limiting factor for tower style units) •as expected, great Noctua quality •comes with Noctua's thermal compound (only a quarter tube though), which is one of the best on the market •good, easy to install, mounting hardware
Cons: •Noctua fans are not pretty, and it is very visible through the side window of my case •included fans aren't PWM
Pros: Very silent, very efficient, directs its airflow toward the motherboard, providing additional cooling for motherboard mounted elements (chipset, memory etc.) Used with Rosewill BLACKHAWK case, Intel Core i7-4770K and GIGABYTE GA-Z87X-D3H. Can be used with one or two fans.
Cons: I would think how to fix fan cables. This is not a problem but it requires to fill "Cons".
Summary: I bought an Avatar gaming PC with an AMD 8-core FX processor. The stock fan setup was barely keeping it within safe operating temperatures (it was bumping 70 degrees C very frequently).. I think this is possibly due to somebody adding too much thermal compound when they installed the heatsink. It was gooping out all around the processor and the processor was glued to the stock heatsink. It took considerable force to pry them apart.
Pros: This thing is great! it is very quite and it dropped my CPU temps significantly.
Cons: The only con is that it is ginormous! You should probably verify that it will fit in your case before installing. Also, if you have a large heatsink on your RAM modules, you will either have to remove the RAM heatsink or the bottom fan from the Noctua. One nice thing is that if you do have to remove one of the fans from the Noctua, there is an option to mount it as a case fan.
Summary: This thing is a beast, in a very good way. Seems like a bit of a monster, but it installs solidly and is a serious cooler. I previously had the side-by-side version of the noctua cooler, but I like this stacked version a little better, though mainly for looks. It probably performs about the same, but I do like the idea that it blows down onto the chip and motherboard, and it also looks great from the case window. Overall very nice, and tough to beat.
Summary: And that is a ridiculously overbuilt product with visually evident meticulous quality control that performs absolutely perfectly. Even the packaging is top notch. Just mind the specs, because it's bigger than you would expect going by the pictures. As for performance: it easily handled an old, mildly overclocked Bulldozer arch processor that previously ran excessively hot on the stock cooler on stock clock speeds.
Summary: My case just is too lame to fit this much awesomeness. PCPartPicker said it didn't fit but I wanted to find out for myself, out $10 return shipping but damn was it worth it. The level of quality was amazing. Makes me want to get rid of my custom loop for some Noctua. Best mounting system I've come across. Best packaging I've come across too. If it fits your case, get it now!
Keeps i7-4771 42-44' C under load and I cant hear it
Dave H., Newegg
19 April 2014
Summary: If you have the room and want the least amount of noise with the most amount of cooling, this thing fits the bill. Some reviews say you shouldnt move your computer around when this is attached due to the weight. Im not suggesting you throw your PC around but Im not concerned about the weight given the bracket and mounting method. It also came with an additional support bracket to evenly distribute the weight on the socket bracket.
Pros: Ive had many water cooling setups including custom loops with multiple rads and blocks. Water works well but its bulky and heavy. This Noctua doesnt exactly have a small footprint and is fairly bulky as far as heat sinks go but its not nearly as have as a radiator which makes it much easier to move my case around when needed. Im very impressed with its ability to keep my i7-4771 around 42-44' C under full load and with the Low Noise Adapter, I cant hear it. I tried th...
Cons: It is large and will make working inside the case difficult especially when sitting on a micro ATX and adding/removing RAM. It is easy to remove and really how often will you need to add/remove RAM so this is more of a heads up than a con.