Summary: Very nice... However, it didn't exactly perform the way I thought. Overall... it may have taken down about 2c on max load from my stock intel cooler. This cooler is ideal for micro atx builds that have a PSU sitting on top of their system and have serious height clearance issues. For overclocking... this is not the way to go. Don't expect anything crazy out of this like their other products. This is more just for space saving and low-noise.
Summary: I crammed an i7 4770K into a micro ATX set up, and saw about a 5 C difference (cooler) with the Noctua over the stock CPU fan. It seems the amount varies under different conditions (more at idle, less at load), but 5 C is what I'd say is an "average." It could be due to the limited space in the small case that is a contributing factor to the diminishing difference at load. There is one thing I did do differently than the instructions suggested, though.
Summary: I needed a cooler with a very small footprint for my small mini-itx build, and this was the best fit. Had an installation question and contacted Noctua customer support, and they responded immediately and were very helpful!
Pros: Small, quiet, extremely well built, nice finish and packaging
If you need a low profile cooler (in my case for use in a SilverStone HTPC case with 70mm clearence to the optical drive) this i
Steve W. Anderson, Amazon
26 February 2015
Summary: Used in a Media PC/Gaming build last fall. Very compact (doesn't extend into the "red zone" and interfere with RAM kit) and keeps my i7-4790s CPU in the 40's. Installation was straigh forward and you can tell that a lot of thought went into the quality of this cooler (down to the packaging). It's also VERY QUIET. If you need a low profile cooler (in my case for use in a SilverStone HTPC case with 70mm clearence to the optical drive) this is your best bet.
Summary: Replaced a stock Intel HSF on an I7-2600k. Running at stock speeds (for now). Idle temps stayed the same. Under load, stock HSF ran 42C, the Noctua runs 32C. Both fans were run at max (gonna play with BIOS settings if and when I try to overclock) and the Noctua is quieter (but not silent, obviously, at max speed). Would buy again, in fact, I may replace all the coolers in my SFF mITX systems with this one.
Pros: My first Noctua HSF. I wish they would make water coolers. I need water cooling on my primary desktop, but would love to run all Noctua coolers in all of my systems, based on my experience with this one alone. The packaging probably adds to the price of the unit, but when you open the box, you will be wowed. Elegant, professional. The unit itself is heavy (stout) and much thinner than I imagined. Left me more room in my Silverstone case than I had thought.
Cons: Price. But you get what you pay for. Certainly not worth knocking an egg off.
Summary: I would definitely recommend this unless you run into the problem where the heat sink air flow gets boxed by the ram , the gpu and motherboard heat sink which defeats the purpose of the cooling the cpu
Pros: Small form factor simple square shape only 37mm high including fan great air flow for a fan thats 120mm very quiet fan noctua quality build
Cons: pulls air in and you need to purchase other screws to invert the fan works better for 65 watt cpus doesn't handle heat as well as a more beefed up noctua
Summary: This cooler was purchased for a custom pc build inside of an NES; space was at a premium, and airflow was low, however, this cooler has really pulled through! there is no trouble with my ram modules, and it leaves lots of room from the top of the case; almost being shorter than my standard height ram modules! absolutely wonderful product.
Pros: - Quiet (with low noise adapter included) - Provided thermal paste and mounting solutions are rock solid and easy to install. - Beautiful packaging and build quality - Extremely low profile, absolutely no problems from height of the cooler, and no ram interference.
Summary: SLIM, SMALL & SILENT. What else do you want from a CPU fan? In terms of color which people are complaining, yes it was ugly when I started using Noctua products, but I have used them for so long now that the color does not bother me anymore. Opening the box was a great surprise for me. It was like opening a jewellery box. Very nice packaging. This product is also ideal for micro-ATX.
Summary: Overall awesome cooler. Very pleased with the results, my CPU runs a lot cooler than stock. As expected, excellent quality from Noctua.
Pros: I bought this to replace the stock cooler for my Core i5 processor and the low profile design made it fit perfectly on my Mini ITX board inside my Corsair Obsidian 250D. The easy to install mounting system made the entire installation process painless. The low noise adapter was a nice touch although I didn't end up using it. The quality is excellent as I've noticed a 10 degrees drop in idle CPU temperature when operating the cooler at full speed.
Cons: I haven't encountered any problems with this so far, although it does tend to make a fair bit of noise at full power which was required when gaming.
Summary: For my purposes, it works incredibly. But I'm sure it is not enough for actual gaming. But for anyone looking for a silent computer to run daily tasks or a Home theatre setup, this cpu cooler is a must buy.
Pros: Easiest cpu cooler I have ever installed. The packaging was incredible. Everything was neatly packed in the box and the first thing I said was "WOW". Now, for my HTPC, I have had no reason to run benchmarks and such, so I can't tell you how well it would perform under a full load. but I have the Intel Pentium G3258 and it keeps it at around 25C when just doing it's normal tasks like running media center for me. Now onto the best part. The fan itself. I have never hear...