Summary: So I bit the bullet and paid big hoping that all that I had heard about this cooler was and is true. I am not disappointed!! It rocks! I have many stories of how well it cools but I'll just mention the latest figures after playing a game for 2+ hours.
Pros: It works, it Really works very well. Workmanship is excellent. Easy to install. Directions that actually help and not confuse, like so many can. All that you need to install on AMD or INTEL MBs Quiet
Cons: Cost and large but IMHO well worth it after seeing the results of it's cooling abilities.
Summary: I live in a hot climate, so that's why I went with the NH-D15 as my cooler choice after the extensive research and reviews. I gotta say, the reviews were dead on. This thing keeps my i5 4690k hovering around 35 - 36 degrees idle, while my hottest core runs around 39 - 40 celcius.
Summary: For those wondering about fit, here is my setup. Everything fits, cables are easily routed, and airflow seems excellent. Case: NZXT H440 with window (wish I'd gotten it without!) Motherboard: MSI X99 SLI Plus Ram: CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB Graphics Card: EVGA 980TI SC+ with Backplate
Pros: Got this as a replacement for a defective AIO cooler and I'm kicking myself or for it not being my first choice. Sure it isn't pretty, but the performance and near silent operation (in an h440 case) totally makes up for it.
Cons: Big. Won't fit in some cases, and certainly won't fit with some ram, or some motherboard/graphics card combinations.
Summary: All the good reviews are correct. This is a quality item. I fit it on an Intel 5930 I7 chip mounted on an Asus X99-A board and stuffed in into an old Antec 900 case. In order to fit the second fan that came with it I had to mount it vertically but that works well with the big fan on top of the Antec...
Absolutely incredible cooler. The quality is first rate. ...
30 June 2015
Summary: As a follow up to my review shown below here are some results when using this cooler: These results are based on using AMD's FX 9590 processor that runs at 220 watts. My former Cooler was a Cooler Master Hyper D92 It's average CPU temperature was : 125 to 130 degrees F.
Summary: When I built my first PC a few months ago, I purchased the NH-D15 not knowing that it blocked the first PCIe slot on my motherboard. At the time I didn't know that Noctua has a website that shows which motherboards it will block the first PCIe slot on, which was my mistake (don't make my mistake, be...
Summary: I bought this as a replacement for the closed loop liquid cooler I had in my 5930K-based rig. It seemed to be getting noticeably louder and I hadn't done any overclocking yet. I was about to get a different brand of liquid cooler when I read the Maximum PC "Best of the Best" article and they...
Summary: I was on the hunt for a cooler that would keep my 8350 cool. Stock cooler as we all know just doesn't cut it and was pretty much scary to use when taxing the system. with the stock cooler i was sitting at 40-45 degrees at idle and 65-70 degrees when playing games.
Pros: Excellent packaging, easy mounting, and awesome fans!
Cons: The color choice is ungodly ugly, but luckily I don't have a case window so, out of sight out of mind. An issue I had in my particular case (CM690) was I trouble putting on the top fan clips do to my two top case fans being so close the the cooler. This may be a problem for some, but its no biggie!
Summary: As you've read about before, this cooler is BIG. It barely fit in my large Zalman MS800 case. There were only a few millimeters to spare between the top of the cooler and the side panel.
Pros: Exceptionally good cooling (see results in "other thoughts" below). Fairly easy to install (only requires one person!). Excellent workmanship throughout. Excellent packaging. Well-thought-out arrangement of parts in individual boxes. Excellent instructions. Exceptional website product information...
Cons: Not a biggie, but the fixed screws that point upwards from the AMD mobo mount that the cooler mounts to are just a little too short. It required me to place excessive downward pressure so that the screw threads would grab. For this, I took off one egg.