Summary: Hook up CPU power line 1st. You can't see it after install. LOL A good rear fan helps a lot.
Pros: If you mount wheels on it you can drive it to work. This is big. Noctua has a compatibility chart that covers everything, down to my MB and case. As large as it is, it fit perfect and no problem clearing memory sticks. Support is top notch. I tried a water cooler 1st, wouldn't fit, Nepton didn't bother mentioning only fit full size cases so I got stuck with postage and restocking. Check Noctua's compatibility chart. Sign of a good company.
Summary: Awesome cooler, as good or better then most aio liquid cooling solutions. People have complained that on amd boards u have to mount it so that it vents out the top. Not true in my experience. On my msi 990fx gd65 motherboard, it sits just fine venting out the back of the case. I'm not sure if certain cheaper boards will only let you mount it pulling heat from the video card, but in my personal experience I found it to be untrue.
Pros: Keeps my amd fx 6300 running @ 4.2 max temp of 35c full load. Idles single digits when web browsing or just playing hd video.
Cons: Massive.......if u want to call that a con. wont fit in all cases as many others have said. In my antec 1100v2 case, it sits about 1/4" from side plexiglass panel on the 140mm fan. Cant use tall heat spreaders...but who needs them...see other thoughts.
Summary: I swapped out my Corsair H100i (which totally sucks by the way) for this product due to temperatures reaching past 100C during stress tests. in a nutshell... this product is genuinely amazing. I'll list out the pros and cons: Pros: -Packaging is clean and organized and comes with a great thermal paste. -Easy install. Instructions are simple and straight-forward -Cooling performance is top-notch...
Summary: It's old technology (5 years) and it is literally huge but there are a few reasons why it is still sold. - It is highly efficient - It is quiet - It is effective It is relatively heavy but not as heavy as some of the newer more extreme units. You will need to make sure you have a case large enough to fit the unit (I am using a Corsair 500R that has a bulge in the side presumably to incorporate larger CPU coolers).
Summary: Not a Con but be aware of the size, took out 2 RAM slots on my uATX board and even then I had to re-arrange the fans.
Pros: Just gonna list things: - Silent (like it's not there) - Splitter included - Works well - HQ thermal paste To give you an idea of how well this cools, runs CS:GO (my hottest game) max everything on FX 8350 @ 4.5ghz under 130ºF and averages at about 110ºF in other games.
Summary: Luckily they are very open about this and their site even provides guides and compatibility with boards and memory. Before buying make sure you are diligent about its height, motherboard compatibility in relation to its size, and if it will be able to fit in your case with side closed. Trust me if you are not a fan of water-cooling this is the next best thing and is worth the time to check if it will fit!
Pros: This fan is a beast. I am using it with an overclocked 5820k running at 3.9 ghz. Idles are around 23C-27C, and under load rarely goes over 54C (on an overclocked CPU). When the 5820k was at stock (3.30ghz), I was getting idles of 19-21C! While idle and under load it is almost silent. The dual fan and heatsink setup create a great airflow, in conjunction with a front case intake fan and a rear exhaust fan its amazing. Fan is very easy and intuitive to install. No back ...
Cons: Only con is SIZE. The cooler is massive, literally 1/2 the size width wise of a full atx motherboard. It completely eclipses all the memory slots. If your memory is extra tall, you might have issues.