Summary: CPU coolers are one of the trickiest parts of building or upgrading a system. Installing it, like any CPU cooler with the main board already in the case, takes some work AND PATIENCE. Your case has to have a cut out in back to expose the back side of the main board which most modern ATX cases have. I used some small pieces of tape to temporarily hold the back plate in place while assembling the two piece mounting brackets from the front - no big deal.
Pros: This cooler reduced my CPU temps from 150 f to 90 f. I wish I had installed this unit from the beginning. It is a TIGHT FIT next to fully populated RAM modules with heat spreaders, but it did fit (just barely). The fans are quiet - set up in a push-pull arrangement. Decent, straight forward instructions are included which I strongly recommend reading first..The fit and workmanship on these products is superior - a Phillips screwdriver is included. Overall, a quality p...
Cons: Other than the tight fit next to the RAM, none.
Summary: Installed this in an InWin 901 case with Core i7-4790K processor. Idle temperature dropped by 10C and load temperature dropped by 20C. This is not a difficult install, contrary to what some people are saying. My case is relatively tight and I had no issues with installation at all.
Pros: Very high quality. Easy to install. Includes thermal compound. Quiet. Significantly lowers temperatures compared to stock cooler.
Pros: Well engineered piece of equipment. Works like a charm and is 100% silent. It went together well and arrived with all of the appurtenances needed for any type of install. Directions are so detailed even a novice can't go wrong.
Cons: A bit tight over some capacitors on my board, but so far so good.
Pros: Stock fan temperatures were 42 Celsius at idle and over 65 under load. This fan keeps my cpu at 33/ 45 and even with the case open i cant even hear the fans from a couple of feet away. Several times quieter than any other fan on the computer!
Cons: I removed a stick of memory to get it to fit but there is room for it once you have it in place(mid atx). measure for clearance.
Summary: 3 day shipping from Newegg arrived a day early. Very pleasant surprise. My rig is 6 years old at this point, a 1st gen i7 on the 1366 socket. While it was bothersome to take apart most of my rig to but in this new cooler, it gave me the opportunity to reorganize my case airflow quite a bit to better synergize with the Noctua cooler. I am pleased so far with the Noctua cooler.
Pros: 1. Size: Having read some other reviews, I specifically chose this one over Noctua's 120mm and 140mm heatsinks, based on potential clearance issues with both ram and the case itself. turns out that the 92mm was a perfect fit on the old Gigabyte ex58-ud3r board. There was room for both fans. 2. Temps: 20C less than stock cooler. I forgot to put an aftermarket HS in the cart during the initial build and was just lazy about upgrading from the stock cooler, the amount of ...
Cons: Installation does take some work. Ideally, installation should take place on a fresh build, before the mobo is put into the case (In my scenario, it took some time to get the mobo out of the case for installation of the backplate). Once the backplate is secured, the only other challenge is the mounting brackets for the fans; those do take some fiddling with.
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.
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...