Summary: This is a case of "you get what you pay for." It costs a lot, but it is basically the best product on the market in this specific category.
Pros: Versatile, compact, quiet, high performing, multiple configurations, easy to install, high quality, lots of extra accessories, including a screwdriver. Downward fan helps to cool vrm's. Very very high quality fans.
Cons: It might block a ram slot, depending on your motherboard and overall configuration. Price is a bit high unless on sale.
Cons: Broke two fins of the large fan on top. Heat piping is cheap and easily bendable. All parts seem cheap & flimsy. Had to purchase new top fan at a local computer store. Went with something sturdier
Highly recommended for quiet, powerful cooling esp. for AMD FX-8350 - replace that annoying stock CPU cooler!
Kaizoku! "scatterbrained", Amazon
17 August 2015
Summary: After identifying my CPU cooler (stock AMD FX-8350) as the main cause of noise pollution in my case, it was time to do something about it! At first I didn't want to go through the "hassle" of taking too many things apart (case, remove motherboard tray, undo cables that might be in the way, cleaning...
Summary: But you know what, it is a damn good cooler. Performance is excellent, more so than I expected from its setup in my mini-ITX case. CPU max temps of 65 C. You know you're buying a quality product when you choose Noctua. The amount of accessories included is admirable.
2ghz very cool and is very silent can't hear the Damn thing ...
10 August 2015
Summary: replaced a very loud AIO corsair h100i the Noctua NH-L12 keeps my i7 4770K OC to 4.2ghz very cool and is very silent can't hear the Damn thing I sit about two feet away from my PC I check my PC once in awhile to see if the CPU cooler is even on!! fits perfectly on my Corsair 250D
Summary: Wow. The next time I hear a jet engine, I will be in an airplane. My Dell XPS 9100 was so noisy I could not sleep in the same room with the computer on. It was bothersome while doing work or watching movies.
Summary: I know its Noctua's thing to have the brown scheme, but I dig it. More of a statement than a clash of colors.
Pros: Very quiet and keeps my CPU cool. This thing get a lot of weird looks seeing how its flat on the CPU instead of being on its side like most aftermarket coolers, but its a beast. I bought it for a mid-tower case and it fits great, works great. Would buy for another system in a heartbeat.
Cons: Had some RAM clearance issues for a bit, but I'll chalk that up to my MOBO layout.
Summary: Before I had a Zalman cooler installed with idle temps in the low 20's which is pretty good but under load my temps would reach into the upper 60's. With this cooler my idle temp gets down to 8 degrees and the max temp under load are in the mid 40's. What a huge difference. It is also very quiet.