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.
Summary: Yes this thing is huge on top of my ASUS Sabertooth motherboard and I like it that way. Bigger is better as far as air coolers go and this one fits the bill nicely. I would give this 5 starts easily however, and this may be my lack of understanding, I did not see in the Amazon ad that it included all the mounting hardware as a complete kit. I purchased a separate install kit thinking I needed it to complete the install. I ended up spending $20 that I didn't need to.
Excellent heatsink, easy to install, 3-pin fans instead of PWM fans
Randy White, Amazon
4 March 2013
Summary: Fantastic heatsink. Installed on my Intel LGA 1155 motherboard. Was replacing my stock heatsink on my HP HPE H8-1124 pc (listed as medium size tower) with Intel core i7-2600 cpu. Unfortunately HP had a non-standard backplate that went with the Coolermaster stock heatsink, so I had to order a Molex standard 1155 backplate (which was not easy to find).
Summary: This cooler is efficient and works very well for its size. Noctua makes a very good product. There are two issues that need special attention when you buy this cooler. First is the fan mounting clips can interfere with the first memory slot (Slot A1) on some motherboards. It interferes on mine which is the ASUS F1A75-M Pro R2.0 motherboard. I thought this might be a problem so I only purchased two G.Skill Ripjaw memory sticks, and installed them in memory slots A2/B2.
Summary: I had been looking for a noctua heatsink for a while and i was looking for a fair price and a moderately sized heatsink. when this cooler went on sale for 29.99$ 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
Summary: Love the dual fan, compact 92mm setup. Installation was fairly straight forward - but found that in order to open the Lotes socket - needed to partially remove one of the brackets. Also - the heatsink clears everything around my motherboard - but the fans sit either above the northbridge heatsink or the RAM heat spreaders (depending on orientation - tried both ways). Installed with a Gigabyte P55A-UD4P ATX LGA1156 P55, Intel i7 860 and Corsair XMS3 DDR3.
Pros: Compact, dual fan, very quiet
Cons: Mounting system interferes with opening Lotes socket. Fans sit right on top of RAM