Summary: This product is the easiest aftermarket CPU cooler to install that I have seen. Takes maybe 5 minutes to get mounting hardware ready, then apply thermal paste, and mount heat sink. The fan is silent, I opened the case of my PC up just to make sure the fan was running. The product also does it's job of cooling you processor very well. The only con I can think of is that some people may not like the brown fans, but I do not mind them.
Summary: Huge cooling fan. I wanted to stay away from liquid cooling so I over compensated with this baby. My case is an obsidian is a 750D which is 12.7 inches wide. This is is the case you will need. Any case over 12" wide will do, but I recommend the obsidian. The fan cools a Intel 5930k built into a Asus rampage extreme x99 and the temp. readings have never gone over 32 C. on max load. Not loud either.
Summary: I had to lay the case flat before I could finally secure to this to the brackets (The hardest part is actually attaching both screws because when you screw one side partially down, the other side bends upward.) This is my fault for not checking the measurements, but it just barely blocks the first most powerful PCI-E slot, which I wanted to save for my graphics card (motherboard is ATX size). I should have gotten the NH U12 instead, which is a little smaller.
SOLVED: Same screw failed on me a lot of times and thing jumped out of the socket during install.
ONILDO L DE S FERRAZ, Amazon
5 December 2014
Summary: This is absolutely beautiful and performs silently, but... I had a huge problem with one of the screws that hold the heatsink on its base. You see, it only uses two. Since the first install I could screw in one of them easily, but the one on the other side was a burden to do (always the same one). I've since removed and reinstalled the NH-U14S almost ten times and I'm certain that the problematic screw is ruined.
Summary: This FAN is the beast :). I was not actually paid attention to the size but it's very big. So before u buy it make sure you have enough space. It came with AMD and Intel mounts which is nice. But I think they should package it different so we don't waste extra materials. Just a thought. But it's very quiet and cooling my Haswell-E nicely. No complains so far.
Noctua is the only maker of PC cooling apparatus that ...
1 October 2014
Summary: Noctua is the only maker of PC cooling apparatus that I will buy. I'm impressed with all of there products. The quality of their products are noticed at the moment you hold the retail package in you hands. Attention to detail is given to every aspect of their product line. If this company started making other computer peripherals and components they would be #1 very quickly in that category.
Summary: This is a phenomenal heatsink and fan combo. I was hesitant at first considering the price, but I'm running this on an FX9590 and it simply has every feature I wanted in an aftermarket cooler. It's very quiet under load, it has an excellent mounting system, temps are fantastic and despite the size of the heatsink, you can clearly tell that it was designed to not get in the way of the RAM slots on the motherboard.
The stock cooler was so loud that it sounded like a jet engine
2 August 2014
Summary: Installed for my 8320. The stock cooler was so loud that it sounded like a jet engine. That was even with the most basic programs like Microsoft word. When I would play games the temps would get up to 62 c and the sound was so loud at that point I had no other choice but to search for another solution. This does the job! Fit in side my phantom case and I didn't even have to take out the motherboard to instar it.
Noctua NH-U14S delivers excellent cooling with silence, a reasonable price, and is extremely stable when mounted.
25 July 2014
Summary: Decided to go with air instead of liquid cooling even though I have an i7-4770K overclocked to 4.4Ghz so like all Haswell chips, they run hot anyway. I almost purchased the Noctua NH-D14 but I am glad I didn't. After researching CPU Coolers during the process of picking out parts for my new build, I found that the NH-U14S had great results in comparison to some larger, twin tower heat sink coolers like the NH-D14 or the Dark Rock 3 Pro.
Summary: Did really well on readings. Went from an idle 45C to ~32C. Was able to overclock my FX 8350 to ~4.3Ghz while keeping under 62C under max load (6 hour test). Really did better than I expected. Thought fans were odd at first... there actually not that weird and modular. Be sure not to use the adapter provided as it does nothing but lower fan speed (especially if your motherboard provides fan control options).