Summary: Read all the reviews from Linus Tech Tips and sure enough I can see why he loves Noctua products. Installing it was a literal godsend! I owned a Xigmatech Dark Knight 2 and that thing was a absolute nightmare to install. This only took me 20 minutes to install properly. My temps are ICE cold and the fan is super quiet because at a low RPM. So low sometimes my BIOS detects a error with it because the fan speed is so low.
Summary: Defective! The backplate for the LGA115x platform did not get machined correctly. One out of the four posts has no threads what-so-ever! The cooler would not be able to be secured properly if I decided to mount it. I guess their quality control on the backplate is not up to par? My guess is they try to cut costs on QA on the backplate since they offer lifetime replacements? Idk. What are my chances of this happening?? Oh well.
Summary: When it appeared that my order might take longer than I had hoped, I kept debating whether cancel the order and get a water kit. When it arrived earlier than originally stated, I decided to give it a shot... and I'm glad I did! My new build has a 4Ghz i7 4790k that idled at ~72C with the stock cooler. Cranking the i7 up to 4.7 GHz, the Noctua NH-U12S keeps the CPU around 40C idle and 55C under load with the single CPU fan turning around 650 RPM.
Best Air Cooler on the market (but you already knew that, right?)
12 February 2015
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.
Summary: This product exceeded my expectations. I installed this on my I7 and it does not exceed 50°c. I had to remove my side fan in my Blackhawk case because the top of the cooler hit the fan. The instructions could not be any clearer and everything was packaged elegantly. I was using a cheep Cooler Master and this worked A LOT better and was so much easter to install. Great product no complaints!
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!