Summary: This thing just reeks "old." The fins are not reinforced in any way like modern Phanteks, Cryorig or even current Noctuas. Therefore they are super easy to bend. The fans are ancient 3 pin P14's and the entire accessory package has remained the same since 2011. This heatsink performs like a $25 Hyper 212 but at 130mm height.
Pros: -Great packaging and accessories. -Straight forward and simple installation. -NF-P14's are quiet
Cons: -Honestly this is a really outdated Heatsink, many single fan and even slim single fan solutions offer the same performance. -Uses the older Secufirm mounting system instead of the updated one. -Uses the old style splitters and noise adapters that have exposed wire and aren't fully sleeved. -The support bracket that was later added is laughable. -Fans are not PWM, at this price makes no sense.
Pros: Very silent, very efficient, directs its airflow toward the motherboard, providing additional cooling for motherboard mounted elements (chipset, memory etc.) Used with Rosewill BLACKHAWK case, Intel Core i7-4770K and GIGABYTE GA-Z87X-D3H. Can be used with one or two fans.
Cons: I would think how to fix fan cables. This is not a problem but it requires to fill "Cons".
Summary: I have a ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO LGA 1150 Intel Z87, with G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series ram. The bottom fan would come into contact with the ram so I was forced to remove it. This might not be an issue if you have low profile ram, or on certain mobo's. Make sure you have enough room between the cpu and the ram slots before purchasing. I also had a very difficult time installing, as the heatsink significantly overlapse with the mounting screws to the mounting bracket.
Pros: Extremely efficient Quiet under load Blows air directly onto the mobo Sturdy and well built
Cons: Large Pain to install and unistall When seated bottom fan touches ram
Summary: I bought an Avatar gaming PC with an AMD 8-core FX processor. The stock fan setup was barely keeping it within safe operating temperatures (it was bumping 70 degrees C very frequently).. I think this is possibly due to somebody adding too much thermal compound when they installed the heatsink. It was gooping out all around the processor and the processor was glued to the stock heatsink. It took considerable force to pry them apart.
Pros: This thing is great! it is very quite and it dropped my CPU temps significantly.
Cons: The only con is that it is ginormous! You should probably verify that it will fit in your case before installing. Also, if you have a large heatsink on your RAM modules, you will either have to remove the RAM heatsink or the bottom fan from the Noctua. One nice thing is that if you do have to remove one of the fans from the Noctua, there is an option to mount it as a case fan.
Summary: This thing is a beast, in a very good way. Seems like a bit of a monster, but it installs solidly and is a serious cooler. I previously had the side-by-side version of the noctua cooler, but I like this stacked version a little better, though mainly for looks. It probably performs about the same, but I do like the idea that it blows down onto the chip and motherboard, and it also looks great from the case window. Overall very nice, and tough to beat.
Summary: And that is a ridiculously overbuilt product with visually evident meticulous quality control that performs absolutely perfectly. Even the packaging is top notch. Just mind the specs, because it's bigger than you would expect going by the pictures. As for performance: it easily handled an old, mildly overclocked Bulldozer arch processor that previously ran excessively hot on the stock cooler on stock clock speeds.
Summary: My case just is too lame to fit this much awesomeness. PCPartPicker said it didn't fit but I wanted to find out for myself, out $10 return shipping but damn was it worth it. The level of quality was amazing. Makes me want to get rid of my custom loop for some Noctua. Best mounting system I've come across. Best packaging I've come across too. If it fits your case, get it now!
Keeps i7-4771 42-44' C under load and I cant hear it
Dave H., Newegg
19 April 2014
Summary: If you have the room and want the least amount of noise with the most amount of cooling, this thing fits the bill. Some reviews say you shouldnt move your computer around when this is attached due to the weight. Im not suggesting you throw your PC around but Im not concerned about the weight given the bracket and mounting method. It also came with an additional support bracket to evenly distribute the weight on the socket bracket.
Pros: Ive had many water cooling setups including custom loops with multiple rads and blocks. Water works well but its bulky and heavy. This Noctua doesnt exactly have a small footprint and is fairly bulky as far as heat sinks go but its not nearly as have as a radiator which makes it much easier to move my case around when needed. Im very impressed with its ability to keep my i7-4771 around 42-44' C under full load and with the Low Noise Adapter, I cant hear it. I tried th...
Cons: It is large and will make working inside the case difficult especially when sitting on a micro ATX and adding/removing RAM. It is easy to remove and really how often will you need to add/remove RAM so this is more of a heads up than a con.
Summary: Noctua website says you can only install this cooler WITHOUT the lower fan on a Nvidia 790i Motherboard for clearance. After I finished assembling with ONLY the top fan, I noticed there was enough clearance to ALSO intall with lower fan too (including the support brace). This is on a XFX 790i Ultra motherboard. Don't know why they said the lower fan wouldn't fit but I can testify that it does.
Pros: After satisfactory results with a NH-D14 SE2011 and a NH-U12S on other systems, I naturally chose another Noctua cooler for a new boxed Intel Quad Core Extreme QX9770 3.2Ghz.