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.
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. So, not only can it be had for a good price, but it beats out the price / performance king of the last few years when pushed to deal with higher loads of heat.
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
Excerpt: When I received the T20 from NZXT a few weeks ago, I was actually sent two coolers in the same larger box. Initially I opened the T20 and found that there was nothing wrong with it, so I went ahead with the testing and finished up that review. I then moved over to the larger version of that cooler from the Respire series, and even though the packaging showed no damage, I found a surprise once I opened the packaging and inspected the cooler a little closer.
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.
Being a decent cooler with reasonable performance, the NZXT Respire T40 receives the Hardware Secrets Bronze Award.