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: I purchased the AMD version of this CPU cooler before this version awhile back and I was extremely impressed in the build quality, audio levels and most definitely the performance in this product.
Summary: Works great. I'm a bit of a weirdo but I removed the Noctua fan and replaced it with a high speed LED on that I mounted on the bracket, probably lost a couple degrees in performance but it looks amazing, and as I'm not regularly maxing out the CPU on my HTPC, it wasn't a huge concern.
Summary: After struggling to find a cooler that would be compatible with my Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced case while being effective enough to cool a 4770k in a cramped environment I settled on this little guy. I have been very impressed with its ability to cool while maintaining relative silence.
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...