Summary: This was a good deal for the money and the only air cooler I could find that would comfortably fit inside a 3U rack-mount case. Does a pretty good job at cooling the CPU and the case's top is perforated which helps dissipate the any heat inside the case. I'm going to kid the case and replace this with a H100 water cooler which I'll have to actually mount the radiator assembly outside the case but there's a huge difference in temps with water over air.
Summary: Very low profile and doesn't obstruct anything. A tab bit overpriced in my opinion but it is still a good value. Great cooler for a small and silent build.
Pros: Very high quality packaging and heatsink/fans. The mounting system is very easy to use. The same as the D-14 and most other Noctua products. The fans are very very quiet and even at max speed are drowned out by my other case fans. A plus of this cooler is that since it blows air down onto the motherboard, it coolers the socket, power delivery, RAM, and back of the GPU. Motherboard temp sensors showed consistently low temps for the power delivery and RAM. Pretty good t...
Cons: This cooler is not for overclocking. Do not buy this is you plan to overclock. It simply cant handle it. I ran prime95 (stock clocks (i7-4770k) with fans at maximum (Corsair 350D case with 2 Aerocool Sharks pulling in air from the front)) and the temps were in the mid 60's (Celsius) . After about the 5 mins they had climbed to the low 70's. I left it for about 2 hours and came back to find some of the cores where in the high 70's. Initially this cooler does a decent j...
Summary: Yes, Yes this fan is quiet and does keep my AMD 8320 a little cooler, at about 95 Fahrenheit. Before it was running at 110. I receive my cooler quicker than I thought and the quality is fantastic!!
Summary: I have several of these purchased about 2 years apart. Never had any issues and could have just re-used the original one, but you know, when you rebuild, you want that CPU cooler to shine. Don't steer towards the fancy and gaudy, they all tend to be sub-par. With the small fan at the bottom, they have perfected this design and provided nearly universal use as long as you keep all the part that come with it and instructions, lol.
Summary: I saw this reviewed well for an ATX build and it seemed well made. It attaches to the MB by two bolts (phillips head) that are accessed by cut outs in the radiator. If you're not careful (I wasn't) you can unseat the processor while using the screwdriver. Then, time for a new MB, online this time with a low profile Zalman cooler. Much easier. In a larger case or with a more experienced builder, the Noctua would be great.
Summary: I have this mounted on an AMD FD6300WMHKBOX FX-6300 6-Core Processor Black Edition. With both fans turned over to push air up (stock the come set to push air down) and the low noise adapters you cannot hear it at all outside of my Silverstone Tek GD07B case and the processor still stays on average of 7 degrees cooler than with the stock cooler running games (Sleeping Dogs, Battlefield 4, Titanfall) that sounded like a hair dryer when running at full speed.