Summary: Highly recommended. Was shocked at the temp difference this made. I was coming from a Corsair H75 cooler that gave me awful temps. This destroyed it in temps and shocked me. i5 3570K overclocked to 4.2GHZ, Idle=30c, Load=52~60c
Pros: Insanely low temps for an air cooler. Very quiet in a Corsair D550 case.
Cons: Big. Wont fit in small cases. I had to remove the heatsinks from 2 of my Corsair Vengeance memory sticks. Heavy. I feel after a few years this can do a decent amount of integrity damage to a low quality motherboard. Isn't an issue for me because I replace my motherboard/CPU every 3 years and I al...
Summary: It's a really good cpu cooler, even if it isn't as "slick" as I would want.
Pros: It does what you want it to do, really well.
Cons: It's massive in size. If you're going for a "look" or have a side window because you want to be vain with your PC, be mindful that this might dwarf anything on the motherboard. That being said, it isn't ugly itself, just more function over form.
Summary: With the AMD and Intel hardware, this cooler will outlast your current PC and move over to your next. If it handles the heat from a FX-8350 (125W), it will handle anything.
Pros: I had a stock AMD heat sink / fan on my FX-8350 (8-core) and it sounded like a jet was about to take off. It would wind up to 6500 RPM and the temps would still rise and rise. I had to watch what I did as not to overhear the PC. I put a NH-D14 in, and that's when everything changed. First, silenc...
Pros: This is an absolute BEAST of a fan... crazy big in size.... super quiet. Even under a heavy load, this is very, very quiet. I have it perched on top of a i5-6600K on a Gigabyte G1 -Z170 gaming 6 board in a Factal Design D-5 case... It fit perfect in my case, plenty of clearance for the 16 gigs of...
Cons: Great fan... but you need room for this beast.
Summary: Definitely less cheap than the Cooler Master heatsink I tried before this. When I ran into a compatibility issue with the CM heatsink, two friends recommended Noctua. It worked flawlessly, so Noctua will probably be my go-to in the future. Good stuff.
Pros: High quality, since you get what you pay for. Runs quietly most of the time, even without the low RPM dongle. It isn't a Cooler Master. AM3 compatibility.
Cons: Very big. Even with a full ATX case and chassis, installing this was fairly tricky. A fair portion of it I ended up doing by feel. Now that it's installed, it's a non-issue.
Summary: If you are not overclocking, this CPU cooler is definitely overkill. If you have space and must absolutely keep your CPU cool, this will work great. My average idle temps when from 45-60 down to 25-30.
Pros: The CPU cooler definitely works. It comes with the mounting hardware for both Intel and AMD boards. It also includes clear instructions, thermal paste, and instructions to verify motherboard compatibility. It does keep my CPU much cooler than the stock CPU cooler.
Cons: Cost, obviously, but if that is your only complaint, then you are doing good. Size. The CPU cooler is HUGE. This is not for small case setups. Mine is a mid-sized case and still almost does not fit the cooler. The fans are slightly adjustable, but it is one huge chunk of metal.