Summary: In between fan has to come off to install, but that's easy. The front fan had to be moved up, also easy. If you have an LGA 1150 socket, remove the rubber X from the mobo backplate, same installation as 1156. Make sure your RAM is compatible: http://www.noctua.at/main.php?
Pros: ... it's awesome. Lots of heat dissipating surface with nice, quiet fans. Easy install.
Cons: Got my fingerprints all over it during installation. I wish the fans were black.
Works great. It's BIG. Make sure you have low profile ram!
Tony Bilby, Amazon
27 August 2014
Summary: Great CPU cooler for keeping things cool! If you have any ram with heat spreaders taller than 10mm, the Noctua NH-D14 wont fit. Specifically, if you have any form of corsair vengeance ram... say 8 4gb sticks using a Rampage IV Extreme motherboard.. don't even bother trying. However, I worked around this by removing all the heat spreaders on my ram (yes, I'm aware of the warranty I voided) and it fit.
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: The unit gets five stars for function. I marked it down by one star because the instructions are not clear which way the support bars on the back of the motherboard should be mounted. If mounted one way, the fan blows horizontal. If the bars are turned 90 degrees the fan blows vertical. The instructions don't tell you which orientation provides which air flow direction. This required me to re-install the bars once I figured it out. Not a big deal, just a little time.
Summary: Overall, now that my new computer is up and running, I'm VERY happy with this cooler but I'm not at all looking forward to upgrading my RAM as I'm going to have to remove this beast and re-mount it to add more.
Pros: This thing cools like a beast and is next to silent. I have it cooling my AMD Vishera 8350 and it's never gotten hot so far. Runs the newest games (Watch_Dogs) with no significant increase in heat at all.
Cons: This thing is GIANT. Look up videos or pictures of people holding this thing to truly figure out how big it is. It's also heavy which, being my first upgrade in years, made me worry about having my computer upright. So far that's not an issue but I can't guarantee anything for the future. It fits inside my CoolerMaster HAF 932 with pretty much no problem but I can easily see this not fitting in smaller cases. I also found it to be very hard to mount initially. After a...
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.
Pros: Keeps my cpu at super low temps, even when under heavy loads. Also the fans rpm can be adjusted easily which is very helpful. All in all a great heatsink, just be ready for how massive this is :)
Cons: Besides having to buy a mount for my LGA 1155 mobo, none!
Summary: This is a great heatsink. As i expected it to be, All the noctua products i have seen have been quality through and through. They should be they are quite expensive. my only complaint is the lack of PWM fans on this unit. Maybe they offer a different model with those fans, i made an assumption based on price they would be there.
Summary: I have 32GB of RAM on x79 sabretooth and because I am only using slots A1, B1, C1, and D1 it just barely fit. If i wish to upgrade in the future to 64Gb of RAM this unit would not fit as the dimms in slots B2 AND C2 (with the heat sync risers on the RAM) would interfere. Be very aware of the size of this unit. You need a big roomy case.