Summary: I'm running a AMD X2, 2.8GHZ (stock), 4 GB Turbo Ram, Nvidia GT8600 which runs suppppper hot at 80C. I wish Noctua made heatsinks for GPU. My next step will be buying a high-end headsing for the GT.
Pros: Looks, Materials, Quality, Construction, Everything!. From the packaging to the smallest screws all you see is high quality and a well made product. I have been thinking of getting a Heatsink for a while now, so I went ahead and purchased a 20 dollar one on newegg, I kept browsing and came across...
Cons: Instructions are not 100% clear, but not a big deal. Nothing you'll go crazy about.
Summary: I would absolutely purchase another for the next computer that I build.
Pros: Runs absolutely quite. I paired this with a quad core AMD Phenom 2 at 3 ghz. With all 4 cores running at maximum with CPU-Burn-In the CPU toped out at 44 degrees Celsius while being absolutely silent.
Cons: The install was a little odd (not the greatest directions), and it has a custom backplate, but that isn't enough to take of an egg.
Summary: The usual way fan clips connect to fan is to have bent "elbow" in wire fit into fan corner mounting holes. This will cause wire to protrude several mm out from the side of the cooler, possibly making contact with tall memory sticks.
Pros: Rock-solid mount using back-of-board mount. Positive screw mounts secure HS to processor. Lots of surface area. Not so tall that you cannot mount intake fan on case side over the top of the cooler.
Cons: Need extra $10 mounting kit for 1156 and 1366 coolers. Fan itself and mounting clips extend enough to side to make contact with tall heat-sinked memory sticks. Without simple modification to fan clips, tall memory sticks severely limit directions fan can be oriented. Fan unattractive color.
Summary: This suited my needs nearly perfectly. Quiet, effective, and fit in the ~128mm space my matx case allowed. After spending about a month researching various coolers I selected this one. It was a good decision.
Pros: Made to fit in situations that you cannot use a taller / larger cooler. Dropped 9c off of idle and 8-10c off of load depending on ambient. You do not have to remove your mb if you use a AM3 board that already has a back plate, just unscrew your retaining clips and place the thin clear washers ove...
Cons: Cools well but has its limits, it is better than the OEM cooler and much quieter, but I wouldn't try to OC with this cooler. Save that for the 120mm or the new 140mm version (when its finally available). Not enough clearance for RAM with heat tall heatsinks. I had to move mine, raising the FAN a ...
Summary: This heat sink works GREAT and is compatible with 1156 sockets -- you just need to buy their separate mounting kit for $10. Hopefully folks that are looking for smaller heat sinks and not the huge 160mm ones read this and grab this along with Noctua's 1156 bracket kit.
Pros: Small enough to fit in most cases -- the HUGE tower form core i7 heat sinks (158-160mm height) did not fit in my case that I've had for years.
Cons: Flimsy fan clips. They work, but again are flimsy -- I had to take a pair of pliers to two of them to straighten them out. Of course I noticed I needed to do this AFTER trying to force them on (bending one of the heatsink fins in the process just a bit).
Summary: Have had this for only a day now and overclocked my amd 720 to 3.3ghz. Idle temps are at 33c and full load running prime95 for 4 hours temps never exceeded 46c. Temps could be better once the break in period of compound sets in.
Pros: Small in size making it an easy fit, lowered temps of my phenom 720 by 10 degrees celcius from stock cooler. No overclock (2.8ghz) = 28c idle and 35c full load. Overclocked (3.3ghz) = 33c idle and 46c full load.
Cons: required removing motherboard out to put on backplate of my am3 socket.
Summary: I have an unlocked phenom 720 x4 with a 600 mhz overclock and an additional 100mV. With the freezer pro 64 I could not run prime95 without reaching near critical temperatures so I found that the xigmatek sd964 and noctua NH-u9b would fit however the xigmatek could not be oriented to have the air...
Pros: -took off 10 degrees on load and 5 on idle compared to my arctic cooling freezer pro -same size as my freezer pro -supports dual fan -nice quality construction -quiet fan -includes plenty of NT-H1 thermal paste -includes screwdriver -one of the smaller tower coolers that would fit in my micro atx...
Cons: -if you already have a cpu backing plate you might be able to install this cooler without removing the motherboard, however removing the motherboard allows you to better secure the cooler -when tightening the the screws the only way to get it secure was to tighten the screws until the red plastic...
Summary: I have this installed on a core2 duo which won't be overclocked so I can't speak to this unit's performance under severe conditions.
Pros: Smaller than most high performance hsfs out there but has comparable performance. Sturdy build. I really like the screw mount as compared to the push pins. Although I've used some Noctua fans in the past, this is my first hsf of theirs for me and I really like it!
Cons: Although the instructions are generally good, I had to go to Noctua's website to clarify a few things.