Summary: The Respire T40 from NZXT has some redeeming qualities. It can right now be purchased for $29.99 with free shipping on Newegg, which is a stellar deal, and it manages to beat out the most popular entry-level cooler, the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO, under extreme loads.
Pros: Quiet, Price, Easy to install, Can mount a second fan, Memory clearance on LGA2011
Cons: Performance under typical loads is lacking, Quality is lacking compared to the competition, Lacks second fan
Summary: Honestly, at this point, I don't really know what to say. Billing a cooler as a performance cooler and taking some of the last few spots on the thermal charts; that's just mind boggling to me.
Summary: The NZXT Respire T40 is a good value cooler, with decent performance and low noise level. However, we were expecting more from it, since the four 8 mm heatpipes with no gaps between them is a high-end configuration for air coolers.
Summary: Final Thoughts
Now that we’ve run these coolers through an overclockers gauntlet, what do we think about them? Are they just riding on the image of a performance driven, value minded company, or should they be something you put on your wish list?
Pros: – Price to performance is great, – Easy installation, – Excellent packaging, – Build quality
Cons: – T40 is slightly too much for minimal gains over T20, – Manufacturing defect, – Fans are not exceptional
Conclusion: The NZXT Respire T40 is priced at around £37.99 in the UK . At that price the NZXT Respire T40 is stuck in a highly competitive £30-£40 price point for mid range heatsinks, and like many other products we’ve tested it offers a good balance between noise, performance, price and functionality.