Best Air Cooler on the market (but you already knew that, right?)
3 weeks ago
Pros: Completely compatible with all RAM. They weren't blowing smoke, they know their stuff. Legendary Noctua silence of operation, I can hear nothing from this cooler under load. Compatible with every socket on the market, old or new (via Noctua customer support) for FREE. Excellent customer support. I was emailed back the same day my email was sent (the email was sent as a test of their response time and quality of service, there was nothing wrong with my unit). With my A...
Cons: Some would say the color is ugly, and they would be correct. The performance of this unit is enough that you can look past the poop brown fans. Honestly, I don't mind it anyways. Some motherboard configurations seat the RAM slots so close to the cooler that certain modules are technically "incompatible". However, Noctua's website addresses that issue, so it's not their fault if there are clearance issues, nor is it false advertising.
If I Build Another Computer, I'll Buy Another One Of These, As Well!
28 January 2015
Summary: Installation is a breeze. It fits perfectly in my mid-size case (Phantom 410). Clears DDRAM very well. With the stock cooler, my CPU temps would spike from time to time. The top temps went away & the idle temps even dropped noticeably. It ships with enough thermal paste for a couple applications in case you need to & an extra set of wires, should you want to add an additional fan for redundancy! Mounts for both AMD & Intel.
Summary: I used this on my overclocked FX-8350 and it worked well. Instillation was a bit precarious since I had to push down hard in order to screw the cooler to the mounting bracket. The 8350 still got hot but it's to be expected with eight cores pushed to their limit. In the end I wish I had gone with something cheaper since it's not the best value, but that's the only other drawback I have about it.
Summary: I love the minimal design style of both the cooler and packaging. It looks great in such a classic way, with none of the usual flash you often see with enthusiast products.
Pros: Beautiful packaging Well written instructions Easy to install Shiny! Color scheme (depending on tastes) Fan compatibility Well designed, no clearance issues (This fit in my 13 year old Antec ATX case)
Cons: Color scheme (Some may not like the brown) Price (I've never spent more than 40 for a CPU cooler before, but it was well worth it)
Summary: Fantastic cooling tower. Used this in a i7-4790K system. The CPU wouldn't even hit 40 degrees during normal operation. I set my PWM case and CPU fans to not even turn on until the CPU hits 40 degrees. The system runs extremely cool and as a result dead quiet!
Summary: I refunded this because upon further investigation I realized the dimensions were too large for it to fit my system. Pretty stupid for a heatsink to be too bulky when you've got sticks of RAM that resemble aircraft carriers, GPUs that look like spaceships, and other interior peripherals that are taking up useless space for aesthetic reasons when the things are meant to NOT be visible in the first place.
Summary: Good looking unit, but it does NOT support LGA2011v3 on my Supermicro X10SRH-CLN4F. The Noctua web site lists bunch of LGA2011v3 boards as compatible. I'm not sure if there are different types of LGA20111v3 socket mounts (in terms of heat sink fan mounting) on different mobos or not, but the "secufirm" arms in this kit were not long enough to reach the bolts provided, short by about a CM.
Summary: If you don't use high ram nor top pciex1 slot, go with NH-D15 or NH-D14. If you use high ram but not top pciex1 slot, go with NH-U14S. If you use both high ram and top pciex1 slot like me running a sli setup and pcie sound card in top slot, this is the best you can get.
Pros: It's all about the matter of size. It's small enough not interfering with ram nor top pciex1 slot, and yet still good enough to cool my I7 2600K oc to 4.5g.
Cons: It's the same price as NH-U14S, with smaller heat stinker and fan. Wish it could come with two fans.