Excerpt: I'm not sure whos fault it is for the missing piece, but either way its a huge dissapointment. My processor was the last thing i was waiting on to come in the mail. It finally arrived. I go to throw everything together and notice i can only secure the heatsink on one side due to the missing bracket on the heatsink its self. VERY DISSAPOINTED. Tomorrow I have to drive 30 minutes each way just to get the replacement kit so i can fire up my new system.
Pros: Should be making my processor icy, but I cant even secure it properly. Read Weaknesses. Tomorrow I'll be driving 30 minutes one way just to pick up a replacement kit from a local store.
Cons: I received this product from provantage.com. The product came incomplete! Its missing the bracket that has the spring screw nut on it. So basically i could only secure the heatsink to one side.
Summary: This CPU cooler keeps my Intel 3930K running cool under everything I've thrown at it so far and it's whisper quiet. Installation wasn't too difficult. This cooler is definitely very big, so if you're thinking about purchasing it, make sure you visit their support site at http://www.noctua.at/main.php?show=support&lng=en and check to make sure your mobo and memory are compatible with it as it hangs over the DIMM slots. Overall I am very satisfied with this purchase!
Summary: This cooler is LARGE so before you buy, take some measurements of your box and look at your memory clearance as well. After reading many reviews and data on this Air cooling setup it was an easy choice. the next step would be a liquid based closed loop system. The main plus here is QUIET fan operation and very efficient cooling. I was running the i7-3930K at 4.5 GHz and this cooler was allowing Prime95 to run all 6 cores at 100% under 75C.
Summary: I purchased this thing when I decided to do a case upgrade for my system (i5-760, i55 Sabretooth Mobo, dual XFX ATI Radeon 5850s). In order to make it work, I bought a case that would fit this monstrosity (Corsair Air 540 from a Antec DF-30) as well as purchasing new RAM that would fit (AMD Performance Edition 2133MHz). The results have been great, I replaced the one 120mm that came with the cooler with a second Noctua 140mm that matches the other.
Pros: - Fantastic Cooling under heavy load, - Mounting Hardware is top notch, - Looks great, - It's HUGE!
Cons: - RAM must be low profile, - Will not fit in some cases
Summary: So far so good. This cooler is very quiet. One problem I have is that the fan RPMs are very low when the CPU is cool which raises low fan RPM alarms in my motherboard software all the time sometimes preventing my computer from starting up. I have disabled these alarms and have no additional problems.
Probably overkill for my needs, but nothing exceeds like excess!
Crash and Burn "Resident Curmudgeon", Amazon
28 October 2013
Summary: I bought this a year ago, and finally had a store in a local electronics chain build the entire system for $50. Definitely worth it. I got a call from the tech saying the fan doesn't run fast enough and the BIOS gives an error. I was afraid I would have to replace it. I remembered (thanks everyone) who talked about how the fan ran so slow because it was so efficient, so when I got to the store, I asked if the CPU was overheating. They showed me the display.