Summary: This is the best low-profile CPU cooler, well worth the money. Using it in a FreeNAS box with a cheapo Celeron G1820-- So I'm not really using its full potential.Chip idles at 33*C and is load at 39*C when doing large file transfers.
Pros: *Dead Silent *Hefty *Easy mounting on LGA1150 *Thermal Goop is pretty good *Alot better cooling and noise vs stock intel *Includes a nice METAL case badge
Cons: *50 bucks is kind of alot compared to the competition
Summary: Temp based using a Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H-CF mobo. & a Fractal Design Core 3000 Full-size ATX Case (5 case fans that run in a push/pull configure). Plus G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900).
Pros: Much better than Intel's stock cooling unit. When heavy gaming my Noctua NH-L9i 95mm SSO2 CPU Cooler keeps my Intel Core i5-4670K Haswell CPU under 60 C degrees when fan is Full speed. Real Quiet fan! Easy install without removing Mobo. Great thermal paste. Extra long screws for a fatter fan up to 25mm.
Cons: Must run NH-L9i fans at full speed to keep CPU cool enough in gamming.
Pros: LOVE NOCTUA they make amazing heatsinks, my stock cooler only gave me 36 on idle which i felt was too much for not doing anything, I replaced that junk with one of these and it is like night and day, i was idling at 26-28 and during gaming loads was getting about 42degrees amazing heat sink
Cons: the heat sink is too low for the motherboard, had to return it and stick with a rosewill low profile heat sink which only dropped the temp down to 33 which isnt that bad, considering it was only half the price.
Summary: you get a case badge. and the bottom of the heatsink looked flawless very flat no defects.
Pros: perfect size fit like a glove on my Gigabyte Z97MX gaming 5 motherboard. is really quite at full load cant even hear it in my rosewill micro atx case. with 1x90mm fan and 1x120mm fan running full speed at same time the whole system is very quite. installation took less than 5 mins and keeps my core i3 4150 3.5ghz dual core very cool under full load never see it leave the 50c range. at idle it sometimes goes to 28c and thats with all the power saving junk turned off in...
Cons: none, not even the price, you get what you pay for which is top quality, i never purchased a heatsink of this high class before better than zalman and cooler master.
Summary: This may be a double post.. It appears my previous post did not publish.
Pros: Looks good, feels like quality, good packaging
Cons: Missing one of the 4 mounting screws! So I can't comment on performance. Waiting on resolution from Newegg/Noctua. Unfortunate that one screw delays my whole build. Possibly considering a temporary replacement.. I will update this review after resolution.
Summary: The new Haswells (4th gen) run a little hotter in my opinion but this fan cools down the CPU very quickly when load has been lowered. I am impressed how quiet this fan is in a small case since its being used as an HTPC . But do not buy this if you plan to over clock for gaming, it will Not cool it effectively.
Pros: - Low profile design and very quiet - Device feels solid when holding this device - Keeps Haswell 4th gen i3-4350 at 32c at Idle and 60c when under full load - comes with cable extensions and low noise adapter.
Cons: - Little trickey to hold and attach to board at same time. It bolts from the bottom with supplied screws - Fan blows down and out the side vents so make sure nothing blocks those vents.
Pros: Works well if you install it correctly. I had to turn the CPU cooler around so that the vents blow the air out the sides toward the outside vents of the case. The fan blows the air down forcing it out the sides. Due to the mini-ITX motherboard design I had to rotate the cPU cooler so it would not blow against the RAM.
Cons: None that I can think of. Little tricky holding it in place while trying to screw it down.
Pros: Fan has low clearance, keeps the CPU at a very cool temp after installation, and is quite (other than a low hum from the fan). Is a stellar heat sink if you're in the market for one when you have clearance issues.
Cons: Need to mount from the back of the mobo. Slight pain but keeps it safe and secure.