Summary: I bought this to replace the CPU cooler that came with my CPU. Installation is a breeze and the cooler is easily removable. The size of this helps free up a small amount of space, that would have otherwise been taken up by much bigger CPU coolers.
Summary: I would recommend to anyone who has a small form factor case that needs a great cooling solution.
Pros: I bought this for my HTPC to cool my CPU. It fit very well into the small case I had it enclosed in and the fan makes not noise what-so-ever unless you hold your ear right up to the case itself. Keeps the CPU nice and cool as well. Installation was really fast.
Cons: There really was nothing I did not like about this product.
Summary: The packaging was 1000% overkill. Thick cardboard with monster padding inside. It would be a great box for a Faberge egg or something.
Pros: The heatsink fits the socket perfectly. Mounting is precise and easy. There are no clearance issues with anything around the socket, including memory, capacitors and PCIe. 40 degrees C idle temp, ~55 full load.
Cons: Fan was great for a year. It now makes grinding noises like a few of the other reviewers have noted. Will try for a warranty replacement with the fan since it says 6 years so we'll see!
Summary: Most Intel CPUs run hot, especially the latest ones due to the narrow thickness and continuing defiance of companies to conform to Moore's Law. I only have a 4790 on an 1150 motherboard in a Mini-ITX case but I wanted it that way.
Pros: Noctua quality; reasonable price, mostly favorable reviews at all web sites
Cons: This cooler won't bring my CPU to ambient temperature but, after a few days for the thermal paste to melt in, it remains in low 30s 9Celsius, of course)
Pros: I took a chance and it's really nice. Idles around 25C - I don't really rage on my comp too hard but I haven't gotten it to break 55C when I have. It's on an i5-4590S (65W TDP) so it's not exactly being challenged either, just perfect for a reasonable processor and tiny case.
Cons: No cons, you just need to take care you don't move it around too much while getting the first screws going in the back.
Pros: Extremely low profile, you will be hard pressed to find a cooler smaller than this. Quiet, I never hear this thing running, even under heavy gaming load. Tiny footprint, literally compatible with everything. Cools just as expected (see other thoughts).
Cons: None, this performs exactly how you should expect it to (see other thoughts).
Summary: This thing is built sturdy. No cheap parts on it. It feels like it was built to last. Almost like only engineers made it, without the uncesseasy input from some Marketing guy who wants it to "look cool"
Pros: Contains High quality parts. Pretty heavy. Has extra screws if you want to install a larger 92x25mm fan, rather than have the A9x14mm fan. Comes with plenty of Thermal Compound NT-H1. Comes with an L.N.A. which attaches to the fan cable, and slows the fan speed to reduce noise.
Cons: must be installed directly to the motherboard. Unlike most that have an adapter you connect to the back of the motherboard, this screws directly to it. Not at all a deal breaker. It just makes removal a little more difficult.
Summary: Probably good for I3, pentium and celeron nothing more. Stock cooler does the same. This thing is built 1/4 of inch above the motherboard, it would need more space to exhaust hot air.
Pros: Noctua makes the best fan ever, no doubt on that, l. Build quality is flawless and Noctua packaging is like sending british crown jewels, awesome !! Very low noise.
Cons: Actually, I got a low power Xeon e3 1265l of 45w, and when load is about 80% when compressing or doing big things on my computer, cpu temperature didn't stop to raise near 90c. Not happy. If I can't use my computer without always monitoring, this cpu cooler hasn't it's place in my computer, I ask...