Summary: With my fx 8350 overclock at 4.4ghz I was able to drop the temp to 50°c on load on stock voltage (about 20°c cooler than at 4.0ghz with stock cooler on load) and nearly 10° lower on idle than the stock cooler and all that with a much more quiet system (now my psu is the loudest thing in my system ¬,¬...
Pros: The build quality of this cpu cooling system is exceptional. Also, it is really easy to install and the instructions are clear. It's super quiet. Even with on the low noise adapter retain astonishing cooling capacities.
Cons: It is a little bit on the pricey side. If you're looking more for a bang for the buck you might want to consider the cooler master 212 which is not too far behind but at a stunningly low price. Only able to mount in one direction on amd cpu.
Summary: Install on the motherboard before you put it in the case. This was my first PC build. I had to remove the board after installing it to install the fan. For the size/performance, it really is pretty quiet. As I said, that may change if I tried overclocking.
Pros: It's definitely more efficient than the stock cooler. Keeps the CPU nice and cool. Haven't tried overclocking yet. So, I cannot speak to its performance under these circumstances. It's relatively quiet and you have the ability to use one or two fans depending on the room you have and the noise you're comfortable with.
Cons: The only con is it's big. I mean huge. It actually covers a RAM slot. So, I had to install it in the first slot and may have trouble adding more RAM to the second slot; however, all you really need to do is remove a fan and it's much smaller. Definitely make sure to check the product website for compatibility and the size to make sure it fits in your case.
Summary: Comes with it's own brand of thermal paste so no need to buy any extra.
Pros: At first I was going to get a cheaper after market cooler and replace the included fan with a noctua fan but after I factored in the price of the cheaper cooler, the price of the noctua fan and the price of thermal paste I realized I'd come out pretty much the same if I just got a noctua cooler which I did. This product cools my i5 well and while it comes with two fans I only needed 1. My CPU idle's in the mid 30's and runs in the mid 50's on load during Prime 95 tort...
Cons: Installation of the fan was a bit tricky which is why I docked an egg. It's also why I'm only using one of the fans. I'm like "ok. . .this cools fine with one fan and the second fan will only drop the temps by another 1-3 degrees and it will be a bit of a pain to install so. . . one fan it is then"
Summary: This is a great CPU cooler and I highly recommend it. The voltage restrict-ers for the fans are nice to have, but not really necessary for this type of application. I have used the Noctua 120mm case fans, for years, so I knew the fans were going to be quiet and reliable. The Noctua NH-U12P SE2 is big (about 160mm tall), so if you have a mid tower you should make sure it will fit in your case with the cover on.
Pros: This heat-sink with included fans, is nearly silent. You can use the mother-boards stock back-plate for installation on an AM3. Easy to install. Though some brute force is needed to install the fan clips. It keeps my CPU (AMD 1090T) at 89F/32C (at idle), 107F/42C (under load), with an ambient temperature of 72F/22C, and my CPU is over-clocked to 3.73GHz.
Cons: The fans on this cooler will interfere with the RAM, if the RAM has tall heat-sinks, or heat dissipation fins. This heat-sink is non-clock-able (meaning), you cant set it so the fans face front to back, without modification when using an Asus Crosshair IV formula mobo. This could prove to be problematic for people using a closed/sealed case, and drawing hot air off the video card. This is a non-issue when using an open air case like the Antec Lan-boy air, or you have ...
Summary: My case (Silverstone PS 07) has good airflow, so running one CPU fan at minimum speed (900 RPM) + the case fans is enough to keep a fully loaded mildly overclocked 3770k under 70C. Ivy Bridge's idle power consumption is so low that, when used with this cooler, my case fans actually turn all the way off.
Pros: LGA 1156 and 1155 have the same fan attachments, so this cooler works (even though Newegg doesn't specifically list LGA 1155 compatibility). Included thermal grease works quite well; I don't see any need to use other solutions. Fan(s) are quiet at all speeds. Depending on your overclock and case airflow, 1 fan at minimum speed might be all you need. Mounting system is very sturdy.
Cons: Somewhat heavy, like most 120mm coolers. Fans are not PWM, so some motherboards will run them at full speed at all times. Loses an egg over this. This can be mitigated with the included voltage-reduction adapters.
Summary: The way my backplate is positioned caused the fans to be up and down, not left and right like I thought it would be. Of course, it's not the fan's fault. Truth be told, I'm not very experienced in building so I have no idea if it would make any difference in airflow. The heatsink is so heavy, it sags (slightly, but still noticeably) when my case is vertical. I wasn't sure if it was something to worry about, so currently I'm laying my case on it's side.
Pros: Looks great, keeps my temps incredibly low (dropped nearly 20C) , and is whisper quiet compared to my OEM AMD fan. What a difference in quality compared to that hunk of metal.
Cons: Mounting the heatsink was pesky and the fan installation was absolute garbage. The majority of my time spent putting this thing in went to figuring out how to get the fans on. Thinking about removing it ever again makes me sick to my stomach.
Summary: The motherboard being used is MSI 890FXA-GD65. So make sure your memory sticks either don't have heat spreaders or have very low profile heat spreaders. I don't believe Intel boards have this problems because I believe on most Intel sockets you can turn this heat sink if needed. Just not on AMD boards.
Pros: Good solid product with easy to understand instructions. Noctua does make some excellent heat sinks.
Cons: Unfortunately I couldn't use this great product. Building a new system and using 16gb of Corsair Vengeance memory. Which have some pretty high heat spreaders on them. After checking Noctua's website there is not a to mount the heat sink with a 90 degree turn. So only other options would be to remove 2 sticks of memory or remove the heat spreaders off of 2 sticks of memory.
Summary: Good CPU Cooler. Does an excellent job of cooling the CPU and is a dramatic improvement over the Intel i7 boxed cooler. Assembly leaves me wishing they'd invested just a bit more in design however. The metal spring clips that secure the fan to the heatsink fins are quite fussy to attach given the limited working space available and they cannot be installed until the unit is attached to the MB. Another approach would receive greater points of Features and Quality.