Summary: First time buying from Noctua and I gotta say they've made a fan of me. Great product and a lot of steps were taken to ensure your cooler would be quiet and some of the things they've done I would of never thought of myself. If you're looking for a quiet but excellent air cooler this one takes the cake. (No it is not a lie, this time.
Pros: Quiet Keeps the CPU cool even while overclocking Very good design Great packaging and parts Instructions were clear and informative
Cons: Honestly the only thing I don't like and it's a little gripe is the colour of the fans, but that's just me.
Summary: I purchased this CPU cooler because it has great performance and low noise by a very reputable company. These features make it one of the best CPU coolers for the price. Like most product categories, if you spend more money, you get better performance and more features. CPU coolers are no exception. You could opt to spend no money can use the stock CPU heat sink, which is fine if you do not overclock, but you will have to tolerate noise and increased temperatures.
Pros: This cooler works great! I'm using it in a norco 450b case cooling an i7-860 and haven't had any issues. With a single 92mm fan I'm seeing around 45 degree coretemps under 100% load for 30+ minutes!
Summary: Mounting it was very odd. The whole "attach metal rods" and "manually put small strips of gel onto the cooler" bits was weird, but Noctua knows best, and after seeing the results, it makes sense, as the cooler won't make offputting vibrations within the system.
Pros: Quiet, you'll never hear it. Having two fans over the one I got with my generic Rocketfish cooler is good, but having two Noctua fans is even better.
Cons: The only real possible setback for many enthusiasts would be that the cooler does not allocate space for high profile RAM.
Summary: For those complaining about Noctua's color scheme, I look at the tan and brown as a badge of honor and quality. Tan an brown means top of the line in my eyes. That's how should be looked upon as.
Pros: This cooler is a great option for those who don't want to spend a lot on a cooler or they are cramped for space in a mid tower case. It is considerably bigger than my stock AMD cooler I have been using, however, I was not wanting to risk getting a 120 mm cooler and having it stick into my side panel. (For those wondering, my case is about 8 inches wide) This cooler is a happy medium. As far as quality goes, it cannot be beat. Noctua packages their coolers in a way tha...
Cons: I wish that the 92mm fans that came with this heat sink had PWM connectors. It isn't a big deal though because it comes with supplied low noise adapters. Besides, even at max speed these fans a very quiet. I also wish that Noctua would include mounting hardware so that I can orient the cooler exhausting out the rear for AMD processors. I understand that you can get it for free but it would be nice to get it in the box. (This is also not a big deal as I have top fans a...
Summary: I found this cooler to be fantastic!, the installation process went very smooth and it came with clear and concise instructions. I have used this cooler for about 3 months and I have had no problems with it.
Summary: I would recommend installing the rubber "anti-vibration" strips for the fans before installing the cooler in the case (it was slightly a pain to do once the cooler was mounted, but certainly not a dealbreaker by any stretch). Make sure you have enough clearance on your RAM, otherwise you can simply slide the fan up a bit or plan on leaving the ram slot closest to your CPU open (at least this is what I did to make room on my ASRock H97 Pro4).
Pros: If you have yet to use a Noctua CPU cooler you have been missing out. This thing was such a pleasure to install with the easy to use mounting bracket, well printed instructions, and includes all the tools necessary (including a tall screwdriver) to do the install.
Cons: The only con would be the price, but in my opinion it was worth every penny simply for the easy to use mounting bracket.