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I have an i9 9900k in an ITX case. This can just squeeze in without problem and it is so worth doing. It repaced a 240mm AIO from Corsair and achieves better temps (approx 10c lower at full load) and a lot less noise and for less money! I'm very happy with it and would recommend it to anyone. And yes, the extra £10 for the all black version is absolutely worth it (pic highlights this!).
After about 2 years of the stock intel cooler it was starting to wail like a reversing bin lorry, to the point that I would cringe if turning on my PC at night in case it woke the kids up.
For some reason it took me ages to consider changing it, and now I'm so annoyed I didn't just do it the moment I got the PC. This cooler is epic. Little more than a very faint hum whereas before it sounded like someone was trying to drill through the wall.
I've been using NZXT Cam to monitor temps the past few days and in general desktop use I've never seen the CPU go over 32C. I've also been reliving my 20s playing Half Life 2 and it's never caused anything over 45C. Looking forward to properly challenging it with Alyx soon.
Depending on your case it could be an easy install or a hassle as you need to put the bracket on the back of the motherboard - my case has a cutout to allow access so the complete remove and install took under 10 minutes. The fact that it is offset means it doesn't foul PCIe or RAM slots which is amazing. It is also massive so you need to check your case dimensions - my case is big and it's a tight fit and required practically dislocating my wrist to clip the fan back on at the top edge.
Another winner from an industry leader. This was bought to replace the stock cooler that came with the machine. The heatsink looks very big out of the box and I did have a few doubts if it would fit inside my case (Cooler Master Masterbox MB530P). There was nothing to worry about however. Fitting was extremely easy, even for a bigger unit, as this is. The kit comes with Noctua thermal paste and a kit for either Intel or AMD, together with dedicated instructions for each socket. You also get a low noise adapter cable, which I didn't use, as well as a spare set of fan clips, in case you wish to add a second fan later on. You also get a handy screwdriver, so pretty much everything you need comes in the box. The kit came extremely well packaged and protected. It is very sturdy in construction. The heat plate is extremely well finished and machined, and is protected by a plastic cover. The only extra purchase I needed was a box of surgical swabs to clean the cpu up after removing the old cooler. Using the Intel kit and provided thermal paste I had no problem at all in installing this. (This was my first heatsink/cooler install.) It really was painlessly easy. The fan needs to be removed to install the cooler. There was plenty of clearance to reattach the fan afterwards, I didn't even have to remove the GPU. Top tip: If you have larger fingers, or space is at a premium, fashion a hook out of a large paperclip. This is what I did and it worked a treat in hooking the fan clip on at the top side of the case. The fan cable is plenty long enough to reach your CPU fan header on the motherboard, and is a standard PWM 4 pin. I found it best to plug this in before fixing the heatsink to the CPU. The whole process was done in 30 minutes, and I was taking my time being cautious. There is plenty of clearance on all sides and enough space to not obstruct RAM modules, or access to PCIE clips. It looks great and performs really very well on my i7-9700k. The temperatures shown are on Minecraft after about 2 hours. On other games such as Immortals Fenyx Rising, Fortnite and AC Valhalla they are between 55° and 65°C. The fan is extremely quiet. Thoroughly recommended if you want to go for an air cooled option and don't want to worry about water leaks. Please see the pictures for reference.
Ordered this as my little Ryzen 7 2700 non x seems to struggle maintaining high overclocks on the stock AMD cooler, upon opening the box I was pleasantly surprised at how professional the packaging was. The mounting for AM4 boards requires use of the existing back plate for the stock cooler. Getting the cooler mounted was somewhat difficult in my microatx case but it did fit. Before I couldn't run over 3.5ghz due to thermals now I can run 4.1ghz all core and it barely goes over 60⁰C. Comes with extra spring clips to attach another fan, I moved the lower front case fan onto the front of the cpu cooler for additional cooling. Recommended it to my mate who's AIO died on him and he was well impressed also on his R7 1800x
I'll keep it simple I have a 3900xt overclocking to 4.5ghz at idle 39c to 44c and under full load converting, 6 videos to 1080p 23 min videos at the same time ,86c and never went past 88c. Two fans on tower set to 45 to 75 percentage
In daily tasked , video editing or gaming never goes past 68c
You, like me, have probably seen nothing but praise for Noctua coolers, this one especially. With this in mind, I had high expectations for this cooler and still they have been exceeded. This is a phenomenal piece of kit.
The installation is unbelievably easy. I enjoy PC building, but I can't say I'm particularly good at it. My big clumsy hands are always dropping screws, gunking thermal paste etc. After struggling to install the Evo and Wraith Spire in the past, I was ready for another tough install. I was pleasantly surprised to.be wrong! This was very straightforward - the instructions are very clear and the mounting process is genius. I don't understand why every cooler can't be this simple.
Performance is excellent. My 5600x has gone from 90-95c under load to 60-65c.
There is a lot more I could say, but I'll keep it simple - if you're struggling with high temps, buy this cooler. It's a little pricier, but it's absolutely worth every penny.
The cooler is super quiet, looks good and is effective. Running my 10700K OCd to 5.1 GHz with 1.33V and temps barely touch 85 degrees with low noise adapter and fan speeds manually tuned down in BIOS. I know that 85 for some might seem high but at this level noise it beats my H100i Definitely recommended!
I bust my 5 year old EK water block trying to fix a squeaky fan. Stumbled across a BLACK Noctua - WHAT - where has that "nice" two tone brown gone. Decided on this computer to go back to air. No room to run the full D15 over RAM so tried this.
So far very happy. It shifts a lot of air. It is very quite and it looks great in my black rig. When silicon gets back to the market, and I build the next PC. I might buck the trend and stay with this. It really is good. The build quality of the fan and the fitting is excellent. Even the box it comes in is a work of art. This screams quality....
... and it keeps everything very cool.. and very quiet.
This thing is a beast. It's big sure, but if your machine is under a desk, you'll never see it, and more importantly, you'll barely even hear it. Even at full speed this thing is quiet, and a whole lot quieter than your GPU fans will be.
It has a sensible, easy to use mounting system, and includes a long screwdriver to reach the retention screws. It also includes extra fan mounting springs, a fan splitter, and a low noise adapter. Includes noctua thermal paste enough for 2 or 3 applications.
It outperforms most AIO systems, including the 280mm nzxt x73 I had before this. And it does it whisper quiet. Having it as the chromax variant means it's not all brown and shiny behind your window case.
My only minor gripe is that attaching the fans to the heatsink is fiddly in smaller cases due to clearances. Also if you plan on fitting a 2nd fan to it, forget RGB ram. With a single center mounted fan it has clearance for even the tallest or ram, but adding a 2nd fan over the ram slots will foul. Though I never bothered. Would buy again.
Well packaged and supplied with very good accessories.
Instructions were well laid out and described.
Performance, oh my! It has reduced my peak temperatures by 25°C. This allowed me to overclock my i7-4770K to over 4GHz on all cores from 3.5GHz in Prime95. Max temperature peaks at 68°C on all threads at 100% load. The supplied fan settles at 1300rpm under this setup.
This really is the best air cooler you can get. If your case can fit it, just get this.
For information, I installed this in an Antec P180. I am never retiring this case lol.