Summary: I've built only three or four computers, but this Noctua NH-U12S CPU Cooler was the easiest CPU cooler of them all to install. No problems with installation or operation. Highly recommended. My relevant hardware: - Case: Fractal Design Define Mini - Motherboard: ASUS GRYPHON Z97 - Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 - CPU: Intel Core i5-4590S
Pros: - Easy installation - Quiet operation - Cool CPU - Quality product - Everything needed is in the box
Cons: The fan is an ugly brown, but unless you have a window into your case and sit around looking through it, that's pretty irrelevant.
Summary: Noctua will actually send new installation sets (base plate, etc) if you reuse this cooler on your future builds! I used this on my FX-8350 (stock) and it rarely goes over 45 degrees C while gaming
Pros: -Silent -Good quality -Good customer support and warranty
Cons: -A bit hard to install but that was my first time. -Be careful with the screwdriver included in the box, it can strip the head of the screws if you're not careful. (I removed one star because of this). Use a real screwdriver!
Summary: i'd be a bit off about the motherboard vendor since i thought the first ram slot was a bit close. however the noctua web site states it is 100% compatible with all ram, bologna! i'm taking an egg for that sorry. technically it does work, but i can't have it touching my ram and it definitely does in it's standard config.
Pros: a little early to review, but my cpu is running cool and the fan runs whisper quiet just as i expected. it's not a complicated device.
Cons: doesn't fit as the noctua web site indicated. minus one egg!
Pros: high quality construction, great fans, quiet as a mouse, super easy install on AMD, nicest case badge I have ever seen. I replaced an AMD stock cooler with this and now in a 70 degree f room under full load my temps never go past 48 c. down from 65 c with the stock cooler. at idle my CPU stays at 27 - 30 c super good product
Cons: ugly with the tan and brown fan but still the best air cooler for the money
Pros: It does its job flawlessly and quietly. I'm just running an I-5 4670k Oc to 4Ghz, runs under full load at about 46C. Normal gaming, Wow on ultra for a couple hours with music and Viop a nd fraps going I've never seen it over 39C
Cons: Ugly as hell but this thing is about function over form. If they would change the color schema they would be the true top dogs.
Summary: Noctua fans are brown and tan. I don't mind it, but if you have to have flashy led fans for everything you might want to swap the fan for something that suits your tastes, but then you're losing out on an awesome fan.
Pros: Very quiet without the low noise adapter, and awesome performance. All the hardware and parts needed to install were included, and the directions were very easy to follow.
Summary: As everybody else has mentioned, it's a large unit so it may not work for everybody. I have an ASUS Z97 Deluxe motherboard and if I orient this to blow top-to-bottom it sits directly on top of my RAM so I turned it 90 degrees, which fit perfectly...no big deal.
Pros: This was a great choice to cool my 4790K Haswell CPU. It's whisper quiet and keeps the temps down extremely well, even under load. I've been purchasing Noctua coolers for some time now and they all are just very high quality and efficient. You can't go wrong here.
Summary: I had an AMD FX branded AIO water cooler give out after putting some NF-F12s on it to quiet the thing down (It was the built in pump going bad, not the fans) and it took out the motherboard with it. Since I already had a couple NF-F12s I came across this and decided to go with air cooling from Noctua instead of another AIO water-cooler. I am very happy with the look and performance of the NH-U12S.
Pros: - High performance cooling - Quiet; the NF-F12 is not silent, but it's the quietest air cooler fan I've ever used and works perfectly with the NH-U12 heat-sink. - The way the heat-sink mounts is very easy and SUPER effective
Cons: - Fan color is not for everyone, personally I think Noctua fans look great - Although it works perfectly and makes for an easy installation, I'm not a huge fan of the clips that secure the fans to the heatsink. - Doesn't cool as well as water cooling, but that's a given.