Summary: Bought this to replace an older Zalman cooler that was making fan noise. This Noctua is perfect for my HTPC as its profile is only 125mm height which is perfect. None of the low-noise-adapters are being used and its still so quiet and cool to the touch. Even when I'm running HandBrake for 4 hours+ encoding DVD's it remains quiet and cool. So impressed I had to buy another for my HTPC server.
Pros: 35 degrees temp all the time
Cons: expensive, but thought this should be bought once so buy the best
Summary: Bought this as a gift for my brother and works perfectly on his Phenom II x6 1090T OCed. Can't remember the OC but he's well over 4ghz with this fan and he was running around 25°C of temp without any load tho.
Pros: Good Quality, Thermal paste included, Fits any of the lastest sockets (AMD/Intel)
Summary: I purchased this to replace my gigantic Thermalright Archon. Although it does not give me the same level of performance as far as temps are concerned, I am willing to compromise because it actually fits in my case. This is my first Noctua product and I am completely impressed with the packaging and build quality. I would definitely purchase another Noctua product in the future.
Pros: Awesome price, great packaging, great performance
Summary: I had been looking for a noctua heatsink for a while and i was looking for a fair price and a moderately sized heatsink. when this cooler went on sale for 29.99$ i had to get it. It was well worth the price! Fairly quiet too.
Summary: CPU: AMD Phenom II 965 BE I have a computer for gaming and watching movies. This means the most important factors in my cooling components is that they are both quiet and have good performance. This means a sacrifice some where; such as price. This cooler is less expensive than other Noctua components but there is little in terms of draw backs for those with similar needs.
Pros: Tight install, Quiet, Solid,
Cons: Cooling performance could be better, rubs on ram with heatsinks