Summary: This is a powerful cooler for CPU overclock users. The hardware is impressive, solid and well built. I am building a computer and concerned on how to connect the cooler, motherboard, SSD drivers and other devices in the mini tower case. I also found the the thermal compound or tape shoud come with the cooler. Amazon doesn't dispatch the thermal compound to Brasil.
Summary: This fan is incredible. It does a great job keeping my CPU cool even when I'm working it to the max, and I don't really have any other cooling in my case - just a generic case fan at the front. This fan is also extremely quiet - I can't hear it at all even though my tower sits on my desktop only a foot or two from my head. Most of the time my motherboard reports that the fans are spinning around 500rpm, which is super efficient.
It's just okay and it requires some special modifications and attention to detail plus ongoing maintenance
Ron W., Amazon
29 May 2014
Summary: It cools better than a lot of the liquid coolers on the market today and without the worry about a coolant leak. On the okay side are the following things. 1) if you move your PC you must first uninstall the CPU cooler as the warning label says Noctua cannot be held responsible should damage occur to your CPU socket from leaving the CPU cooler installed while moving your PC around.
Summary: First, this cooler does a very good job with overclocked processors. You can go and read online how well it performs against other CPU coolers, it's usually at the top. This was my second purchase for this cooler. The first went in a home pc. It's pretty quiet and moves a ton of air. The main gripe with it is the size. It's a monster. It frequently takes up more than anything else in your case. It will also interfere with the space for RAM on many motherboards.
Summary: Installed this on a friends computer to cool a Intel Core i7-4820K on a ASUS P9X79 WS LGA 2011 Intel X79 mobo inside a Cooler Master Cosmos II case. I did my best to stress the CPU by folding SMP work units for the Folding at Home project, the CPU never went above 55c. The case does have about 10 fans in it, but this CPU cooler is great and very quiet.
Summary: Only ran into one problem and it wasn't with the product itself. It was packaged with the wrong adapters for my LG 2011 motherboard. Noctua Support promptly fixed this for free and sent me the correct adapters. I have an I7 3930k processor and with this HSF it is overclocked to 4.2ghz with the motherboard AI and doesn't whimper. It idles at about 42 degrees celcius and I haven't seen it go over 50 even under load. But what is most amazing is the sound. It is quiet!
Summary: I use this CPU cooler as part of my system with a GTX 780 graphics card and Deep Silence 1 case. The system is easily quieter than most laptops. Even when the system is taxed, for example if I am playing a game, and the fans start to spool up, it is still overall quite silent, and again, much quieter than any desktop I have heard and particularly any laptop that has a fan (which is pretty much all of them except for the MacBook Air's - though side note, that just means a...
Summary: This CPU fan is INCREDIBLY quiet. And it really gets the job done. The one and only problem I have is that when I have it hooked to my Asus Sabertooth x79 board, the board sees that the large fans move a lot slower than the tiny fans normally on a CPU, so it kicks back warnings sometimes - including claiming that the fan isn't spinning at all. But it IS spinning, and the temperatures are all fine.