Cons: it's a bit smaller in person and orientation on AMD is limited to vertical only.. so you'll be blowing the hot air up.. (theoretically sucking in hot gpu air) or you could blow air down using the top as intake (think htpc) now it's the side. never my preferred mounting orientation, I prefer to ex...
A10-7850K build on hold due to missing NM-A90 bracket kit
Long H., Newegg
20 February 2014
Pros: I've standardized on Noctua for excellent cooling and build quality but their logistics failed me this time.
Cons: Bought this fan for a small form factor build with Kaveri A10-7850K and Gigabyte GA-F2A88XN-WIFI mITX motherboard. Although it states that it's compatible with FM2+ socket it's missing a bracket kit to allow cooler orientation for optimal front to rear case air flow. Without the bracket air flow ...
Summary: Note that I am an extremely happy owner of several Noctua products. I ordered this cooler for a friend who is running an AMD Phenom II X6 1090T on a Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD5 socket AM3+ motherboard.
Nice cooler, but why no PWM fans and no fan grills?
17 May 2013
Summary: This is a decent heat sink. It was one of the best vertical heat sinks I could fit into the RPC-4216 4U rack-mountable case I bought. Since the other reviews focus on the positives, I'll only focus on the negatives: 1. No 92mm metal fan grills.
Summary: It's also not that attractive, but I knew that from looking at the pictures. Comes with a neat little owl sticker.
Pros: Keeps things cool. Quiet. ultra low noise, low noise or normal options. Assembly/instructions done well. Comes with thermal compound.
Cons: The metal clips on it block 1 RAM slow (using Ripjaw), like many have mentioned. If you are mounting on AM3 socket the only directions of air flow available is top to bottom/ bottom to top. You can NOT have the CPU fans vent out the rear fan. You have to vent it out the top or blow it down toward...
Summary: Why couldn't they include PWM fans? I replaced the stock Noctua fans with Artic Cooling F9 PWM fans and my system is finally quiet again. PWM feature allows the motherboard to increase fan speed based on CPU temperature.
Pros: Keeps CPU cool, between 20-44C (idle-load) for i7-2600k using ULNA fan adapters in 2 fan push/pull config. Compact height fits well in smaller cases, I'm using Lian Li PC-V354B and rear fan has about 1/4-1/2" clearance between top of fan and power supply.
Cons: Noisy fans, even using ULNA. Mine has a slight clicking noise even at low speed. Fans are 3-pin, not 4-pin PWM - ended up purchasing PWM fans Had to bend fan brackets to accommodate RAM (using ASUS Maximus Gene-Z/GEN3 and Gskill Ripjaws X)
Summary: I purchased a GIGABYTE GA-990XA-UD3 AM3+ Motherboard and 4 sticks of G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) RAM but quickly realized that all 4 sticks cannot be used because the Noctua mounting clips block the first slot.
Pros: This is a follow-up to my 1/30/2012 review. So far this fan is doing a nice job, but:
Cons: Mounting clips obstruct first (blue) memory slot on my GIGABYTE GA-990XA-UD3 AM3+ Motherboard. The problem cannot be overcome by bending/compressing the clips. You either improvise by using another way to mount the fan(s) or don't use all four slots. Airflow is up and down instead of horizontal a...