• Noctua NH-U12S - Premium CPU Cooler with NF-F12 120mm Fan (Brown)
  • Noctua NH-U12S - Premium CPU Cooler with NF-F12 120mm Fan (Brown)
  • Noctua NH-U12S - Premium CPU Cooler with NF-F12 120mm Fan (Brown)
  • Noctua NH-U12S - Premium CPU Cooler with NF-F12 120mm Fan (Brown)
  • Noctua NH-U12S - Premium CPU Cooler with NF-F12 120mm Fan (Brown)
Noctua NH-U12S - Premium CPU Cooler with NF-F12 120mm Fan (Brown)
Noctua NH-U12S - Premium CPU Cooler with NF-F12 120mm Fan (Brown)
Noctua NH-U12S - Premium CPU Cooler with NF-F12 120mm Fan (Brown)
Noctua NH-U12S - Premium CPU Cooler with NF-F12 120mm Fan (Brown)
Noctua NH-U12S - Premium CPU Cooler with NF-F12 120mm Fan (Brown)

Noctua NH-U12S - Premium CPU Cooler with NF-F12 120mm Fan (Brown)

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  • Classic 120mm slim-tower design combines outstanding cooling performance with excellent case-, RAM- and PCIe-compatibility
  • Does not overhang the RAM or PCIe slots on most current motherboards
  • Highly optimised NF-F12 120mm Focused Flow fan with PWM support and Low-Noise Adaptor for automatic speed control and ultra-quiet operation
  • Easy-to-install SecuFirm2 multi-socket mounting system for Intel LGA1150, LGA1151, LGA1155, LGA1156, LGA2011, LGA2066 & AMD AM2(+), AM3(+) FM1, FM2(+), AM4
  • Renowned Noctua quality backed up by 6-year manufacturer's warranty, deluxe choice for Intel Core i9, i7, i5, i3 (e.g. 9900K, 9700K, 8700K, 9980XE) and AMD Ryzen (e.g. 3900X, 3700X, 2700X, 2600X)

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The best air cooler I have ever used I purchased this cooler to replace an failing stock Dell cooler in a T1600 system. Noctua does not recommend their coolers in Dell, HP, and ASUS pre-built systems like the Dell T1600, but I was fairly confident that this product would work. A 5-pin to 4-pin PWM adapter was needed since Dell uses proprietary 5-pin headers (Thanks Dell...). The adapter was $7 from "Tech Gears 4 Me" seller.Works 22-100-25 4-Pin To Dell Proprietary 5-Pin Cable Adapter, 9.8 in. Long. Two adapters were purchased to connect the case exhaust and Noctua fans. The BIOS does not complain at all and registers the RPM's of the fan. My system is running Ubuntu Server 16.04.1 LTS.This is an impressive cooler. At 100% CPU (Intel Xeon E3-1270, quad core) load for days, the system maintains a steady 50C temperature. There is even an option to mount a second fan (model NF-F12) on the back for a push-pull configuration. My build uses an ATX case from Corsair (500R) and the cooler is perfectly level with case exhaust fan. The top of the radiator leaves just enough clearance within the case, no issues with memory or anything else. I wonder how my system stayed cool with such a skimpy stock cooler.I highly recommend this cooler for anyone needing a quiet, high quality air cooler for their system. As an added bonus, everything you need for the install is included: thermal compound, phillips driver, adapters, extra fan mounts, and even printed install instructions. This is really great product. 5Very low noise, even when rendering I do sound recording in the same room as the PC, so even the smallest noise matters. I built a PC in a low-noise case (Corsair 400Q) and can shut it in the closet during recording. I also do video rendering which cranks up the CPU heat, so I bought this cooler and the Arctic Liquid Freezer 120 and tried them both to see how they cooled and how quiet they are. I'm running i7-8700K (not OC).During stress testing (all cores maxed out at 100% with Prime95), both coolers kept temps in the low 60s Centigrade, but this one's fan was much quieter (the Arctic was not loud, just louder). With the CPU under typical load, this one is very quiet and most people probably wouldn't notice it. The Arctic is a little louder at idle because in addition to fan noise, it has a soft pump noise that resembles a refrigerator.I like and recommend this Noctua NH-U12S air cooler and the Arctic Liquid Freezer 120. If you need a quiet PC, this NH-U12S delivers. 5Quiet and effective I replaced all the stock fans in my case and my stock CPU cooler. My first impression was "this is a lot quieter." The processor appears cooler but I didn't record good numbers before I change the CPU cooler. My gut feeling is about 15c cooler. What I have noticed is (1) that my computer seems faster; supporting my belief that the processor was throttling and (2) I've noticed that the air coming out he back of my case feels warmer. These observations indicate that the stock cooler was doing very little cooling and the processor was simply avoiding getting warm by slowing itself down a lot. I'm done with stock coolers and am now a Noctua fan. (No really, that pun wasn't intended but once I saw it, I decided to keep it.)Installation was fairly simple but I'm someone who reads the instructions and takes his time. In my case, I had to remove my motherboard from the case because the backplane was being held on by the old stock cooler. That wasn't difficult and was the hardest part.But before I go, one last message. If you haven't applied cooling paste before (and it is included), watch some videos on how to correctly apply paste. While I was fine, I've heard horror stories from people who applied too much paste (and used a different kind that was conductive). It did not go well for their motherboard after that. So, watch the videos or get help from someone who knows how to apply paste.And this time the pun is intended -- I'm now a Noctua fan. (Perhaps we should form a club...The Noctua Fans Club...) 5Well made. Excellent engineering. Install instructions could be improved a little bit. This is a very solid product. I bought a second fan to use this in a push/pull configuration. I am an attorney, so sometimes I want to wear both a belt and suspenders just to make sure I don't get caught with my pants down. Temperatures on my CPU dropped substantially and, under full benchmarking load my CPU is now kept well below any dangerous temperatures. GREAT product. A little pricey, but so well engineered that I will buy this device for all of my future builds. I had some difficulty in the installation because my fingers are fat and my case was a bit of a tight fit for the motherboard I was using. I thought that some instruction about connecting the wires prior to positioning the heatsink onto the pasty CPU might have helped me to avoid this issue. Because the goo was already in place, I just tinkered with tweezers and tools until I could attach the electrical connectors to the fan headers. What I like best about this setup is that my fan speed is now stable and the noise generated is much lower than with the fan that came stock with the CPU. I think this heatsink would probably protect my CPU even if both of the Noctua fans failed (so long as my case fans were still moving air.Redundancy of protective devices makes me feel confident and prevents annoying worry. I prefer air only solutions rather than hydronic cooling because I can reduntantly move air and there is no threat of fluid leaks that might damage my components. Dust is the only disadvantage of air-cooling.Very solid and well engineered product. Minor improvements in the technical writing and instructions for setup are the only reasons I gave it 4 stars rather than 5. 4The best Air cooler and easiest to install ! I've used the Coolermaster Hyper Evo 212 for years. If you've used a Coolermaster you know how HARD and frustrating mounting it can be, and how you worry it is seated properly, and whether or not it is too tight on your CPU. It is also better done as a two man job!This Noctua CPU cooler is the only one you will ever need, the one I've used now on my last three builds, and the only air cooler I'll use in the future. If you know Noctua fans you know they are nothing short of amazing and engineered like nothing else. This CPU cooler is so well made, so easy to install, and works so well, every other company should just get out of the air CPU cooling market!!!The bracket and install is almost as easy as a stock Intel CPU fan, but it works so much better and is so much quieter. I've used this cooler in two different sizes (NH-U12S) & (NH-U14S) and cannot recommend it highly enough.If you like air cooling, like me, and simple installs, look no further for the best and easiest to install air cooler on planet Earth. 5Great CPU cooler at a great price. Works excellent! PURCHASED: March 22, 2017SUMMARY: Great CPU cooling unit. Installation was very easy (but it took some checking online to make sure it was aligned on top of the CPU and MB properly - so if you're not sure, check first that you're installing it properly for your processor & MB). Bought another Noctua fan (identical to the one it comes with) and attached it to the rear. The Noctua CPU Cooler already comes with clips to install a 2nd fan. Works very quietly and keeps the CPU very cool (after tweaking with the MB fan app). So far a terrific piece of CPU hardware, and working as expected (after one year now). No issues with cooling, operation, etc. For the price point, this is also a great value.PC BUILD March 2017; Integrated with following components: MSI Pro Series Intel Z270 DDR4 HDMI USB 3 SLI ATX Motherboard (Z270 SLI PLUS);Noctua CPU Cooler [NH-U12S]; Cooler Master HAF XB EVO, HTPC Computer Case with High Airflow Design, USB 3.0 and 240mm Radiator Support (RC-902XB-KKN2);Intel Core i5-7600K LGA 1151 Desktop Processors (BX80677I57600K);Thermaltake Smart 700W 80+ White Continuous Power ATX 12V V2.3/EPS 12V Active PFC Power Supply PS-SPD-0700NPCWUS-W; 2 SSD's, and CD/DVD/Bluray player. 5Excellent design. Very quiet; Almost as effective as a water cooler. I bought this and later added a second fan to create a push-pull arrangment. I've read you can get another three degrees of cooling from the extra fan, but for me it was about five C cooler under heavy load when I added the second fan. It's hard to replace the cooling effectiveness of water coolers, but they're noisy, more expensive and there's always the risk of leaks. I found that with this one, I could take an FX 8350 from 4.0 Ghz to 4.4 under 100% load on all 8 cores for an hour. That's the RAM-intensive torture test in Prime95. Even with voltage jacked up considerably to feed 16Gb of RAM, it ran for an hour at 61C. Under shorter bursts it will hold down 4.6 Ghz at full load, but in less than a minute you're creeping over 65C. That's a lot more load than playing a video of course, and a lot more load than the Windows comprehensive memory test, but running them full out at 100% is really how you find out if an overclock can be pushed into a failure.Designed in Austria, built in Taiwan, there's no "made in China" feel to this product. If you get a sense of satisfaction from things that are well designed you'll like this. They've done everything they can to make it hard to fail. This product ships with the little rubber corner guards to block the transmission of vibration. Comes with a handy wiring extender, should you need it, enclosed in a sleeve. Also comes with easy snap on clips to attach the fan to the heat sink and a second set of clips in case you decide to add a second fan. They send along some hefty brackets to reinforce it from the back of the motherboard. On an AMD motherboard you can do it all from above the board since AMD boards usually come with backplates built in. For Intel you'll probably need to take out your MB to install the brace on the back. You'll want to do that. This is a lot of weight to hang on a chip socket soldered to a thin fiberglass board. Again, they don't want you to fail, so they make it very clear which parts go with which type of board.Bearings are milled out of brass with a CNC machine. Thus the 6-year warranty and the quiet. Very artful engineering on the fan blades to dampen resonance and break down the turbulance that causes sound. The box says the motor is designed to suppress any start-up hum and I think they got that right too.Mine runs at about 750 rpm under normal load using the standard PWM header on my motherboard for the CPU and it goes up to about 1400 when all 8 cores are maxed out at 100% as described above. I did learn that my case itself needs better ventilation to take full advantage of these fans, so I'll be adding a port.I've heard of people overcoming the water cooling noise problem using two Noctua fans from this heatsink to replace the stock fans on a Corsair h100i. If I ever try to take my CPU any higher, that's probably what I'll try. 4.4 is really all I need though, if that.Worth every penny in my book. 5Cool Runnings tl;dr - Whisper quiet, easy to unstall, not great looking.Have you ever lived near an airport? If not, use a stock Intel CPU cooler, and you will know what it sounds like to have a jumbo jet flying through your computer room. If you aren't interested in that experience, then you might want to look at a 3rd party CPU cooler like this Noctua. I bought this not to increase my cooling, but to keep noise down and the NH-U12S has accomplished this admirably.The NH-12S arrives in a classy looking glossy card board box. When opened, you will find AMD mounting equipment and Intel mounting equipment (both LGA 1155 and 2011) in separate smaller cardboard boxes. Yet another box contain mounting accessories like screws and thermal paste. Finally, the box of course contains the NH-12S heatsink and fan.Installation is a breeze. Simply put the retaining bracket on to the back of your motherboard, apply new thermal paste, add the front bracket, attach the heat sink, then the fan, and finally plug the fan into the MB's CPU fan header. This whole process, which I took very slowly, consumed about 20 minutes of my time.Once you turn your machine on, don't be surprised it you think it's still off. While the stock Intel cooler sounds like an air show is headed to your house upon startup, the Noctua is smooth and whisper quiet. Even at maximum load, you can barely hear it.I don't have a window in my case, so it doesn't matter to me, but for those of you who like to show of your internals, just know that no Noctua fan product will ever win a beauty competition, and this product is no exception with it's stunning 1970s Soviet-inspired design. If aesthetics are your primary concern, I'd advise you to look elsewhere, but know that you are missing out on a great cooling product. Better and ugly fan than a burnt-out processor. 5BIG, but what a huge difference it has made I always kept the stock cpu cooler that came with my processor, but that thing was so annoyingly loud. When I had friends or family over, they would joke on how it sounded like a vacuum cleaner or a leaf blower. It was hard to play games or watch videos because of the noise level. Even when I recorded audio, my older cpu fan was ruining the recording and my online friends would complain about hearing a loud noise during voice chat. I tried cleaning dust from it regularly and replaced every other fan, not realizing at the time that it was the cpu fan making all of that noise.I decided enough was enough and searched all over the internet for the best quality cpu cooler on the market and everyone seemed to recommend Noctua, and I finally understand why. This company doesn't mess around. This cpu cooler is gigantic, which might be off-putting for anyone wanting to build a compact machine, but I just wanted something that was going to run cool and QUIET. Now when I play the most demanding games, you can barely hear anything at all.The installation was a little bit intimidating, since they try to make it compatible with several cpu/motherboard types, but their instructions were easy to follow for the most part. Overall, I am very happy with how well this performs and I highly recommend Noctua. 5Love it as the installation was very easy compared to ... I had the Hyper 212 Evo and replaced it with this. Love it as the installation was very easy compared to the 212 Evo. I was also able to use this with no problems with the memory cards as they are high profile. I am using it with the push/pull configuration and the temps are from 27 to low 30's. Very effective. Some complained about the color which does not bother me as I am impressed with its performance. 5
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The best air cooler I have ever used I purchased this cooler to replace an failing stock Dell cooler in a T1600 system. Noctua does not recommend their coolers in Dell, HP, and ASUS pre-built systems like the Dell T1600, but I was fairly confident that this product would work. A 5-pin to 4-pin PWM adapter was needed since Dell uses proprietary 5-pin headers (Thanks Dell...). The adapter was $7 from "Tech Gears 4 Me" seller.Works 22-100-25 4-Pin To Dell Proprietary 5-Pin Cable Adapter, 9.8 in. Long. Two adapters were purchased to connect the case exhaust and Noctua fans. The BIOS does not complain at all and registers the RPM's of the fan. My system is running Ubuntu Server 16.04.1 LTS.This is an impressive cooler. At 100% CPU (Intel Xeon E3-1270, quad core) load for days, the system maintains a steady 50C temperature. There is even an option to mount a second fan (model NF-F12) on the back for a push-pull configuration. My build uses an ATX case from Corsair (500R) and the cooler is perfectly level with case exhaust fan. The top of the radiator leaves just enough clearance within the case, no issues with memory or anything else. I wonder how my system stayed cool with such a skimpy stock cooler.I highly recommend this cooler for anyone needing a quiet, high quality air cooler for their system. As an added bonus, everything you need for the install is included: thermal compound, phillips driver, adapters, extra fan mounts, and even printed install instructions. This is really great product. 5Very low noise, even when rendering I do sound recording in the same room as the PC, so even the smallest noise matters. I built a PC in a low-noise case (Corsair 400Q) and can shut it in the closet during recording. I also do video rendering which cranks up the CPU heat, so I bought this cooler and the Arctic Liquid Freezer 120 and tried them both to see how they cooled and how quiet they are. I'm running i7-8700K (not OC).During stress testing (all cores maxed out at 100% with Prime95), both coolers kept temps in the low 60s Centigrade, but this one's fan was much quieter (the Arctic was not loud, just louder). With the CPU under typical load, this one is very quiet and most people probably wouldn't notice it. The Arctic is a little louder at idle because in addition to fan noise, it has a soft pump noise that resembles a refrigerator.I like and recommend this Noctua NH-U12S air cooler and the Arctic Liquid Freezer 120. If you need a quiet PC, this NH-U12S delivers. 5Quiet and effective I replaced all the stock fans in my case and my stock CPU cooler. My first impression was "this is a lot quieter." The processor appears cooler but I didn't record good numbers before I change the CPU cooler. My gut feeling is about 15c cooler. What I have noticed is (1) that my computer seems faster; supporting my belief that the processor was throttling and (2) I've noticed that the air coming out he back of my case feels warmer. These observations indicate that the stock cooler was doing very little cooling and the processor was simply avoiding getting warm by slowing itself down a lot. I'm done with stock coolers and am now a Noctua fan. (No really, that pun wasn't intended but once I saw it, I decided to keep it.)Installation was fairly simple but I'm someone who reads the instructions and takes his time. In my case, I had to remove my motherboard from the case because the backplane was being held on by the old stock cooler. That wasn't difficult and was the hardest part.But before I go, one last message. If you haven't applied cooling paste before (and it is included), watch some videos on how to correctly apply paste. While I was fine, I've heard horror stories from people who applied too much paste (and used a different kind that was conductive). It did not go well for their motherboard after that. So, watch the videos or get help from someone who knows how to apply paste.And this time the pun is intended -- I'm now a Noctua fan. (Perhaps we should form a club...The Noctua Fans Club...) 5Well made. Excellent engineering. Install instructions could be improved a little bit. This is a very solid product. I bought a second fan to use this in a push/pull configuration. I am an attorney, so sometimes I want to wear both a belt and suspenders just to make sure I don't get caught with my pants down. Temperatures on my CPU dropped substantially and, under full benchmarking load my CPU is now kept well below any dangerous temperatures. GREAT product. A little pricey, but so well engineered that I will buy this device for all of my future builds. I had some difficulty in the installation because my fingers are fat and my case was a bit of a tight fit for the motherboard I was using. I thought that some instruction about connecting the wires prior to positioning the heatsink onto the pasty CPU might have helped me to avoid this issue. Because the goo was already in place, I just tinkered with tweezers and tools until I could attach the electrical connectors to the fan headers. What I like best about this setup is that my fan speed is now stable and the noise generated is much lower than with the fan that came stock with the CPU. I think this heatsink would probably protect my CPU even if both of the Noctua fans failed (so long as my case fans were still moving air.Redundancy of protective devices makes me feel confident and prevents annoying worry. I prefer air only solutions rather than hydronic cooling because I can reduntantly move air and there is no threat of fluid leaks that might damage my components. Dust is the only disadvantage of air-cooling.Very solid and well engineered product. Minor improvements in the technical writing and instructions for setup are the only reasons I gave it 4 stars rather than 5. 4The best Air cooler and easiest to install ! I've used the Coolermaster Hyper Evo 212 for years. If you've used a Coolermaster you know how HARD and frustrating mounting it can be, and how you worry it is seated properly, and whether or not it is too tight on your CPU. It is also better done as a two man job!This Noctua CPU cooler is the only one you will ever need, the one I've used now on my last three builds, and the only air cooler I'll use in the future. If you know Noctua fans you know they are nothing short of amazing and engineered like nothing else. This CPU cooler is so well made, so easy to install, and works so well, every other company should just get out of the air CPU cooling market!!!The bracket and install is almost as easy as a stock Intel CPU fan, but it works so much better and is so much quieter. I've used this cooler in two different sizes (NH-U12S) & (NH-U14S) and cannot recommend it highly enough.If you like air cooling, like me, and simple installs, look no further for the best and easiest to install air cooler on planet Earth. 5Great CPU cooler at a great price. Works excellent! PURCHASED: March 22, 2017SUMMARY: Great CPU cooling unit. Installation was very easy (but it took some checking online to make sure it was aligned on top of the CPU and MB properly - so if you're not sure, check first that you're installing it properly for your processor & MB). Bought another Noctua fan (identical to the one it comes with) and attached it to the rear. The Noctua CPU Cooler already comes with clips to install a 2nd fan. Works very quietly and keeps the CPU very cool (after tweaking with the MB fan app). So far a terrific piece of CPU hardware, and working as expected (after one year now). No issues with cooling, operation, etc. For the price point, this is also a great value.PC BUILD March 2017; Integrated with following components: MSI Pro Series Intel Z270 DDR4 HDMI USB 3 SLI ATX Motherboard (Z270 SLI PLUS);Noctua CPU Cooler [NH-U12S]; Cooler Master HAF XB EVO, HTPC Computer Case with High Airflow Design, USB 3.0 and 240mm Radiator Support (RC-902XB-KKN2);Intel Core i5-7600K LGA 1151 Desktop Processors (BX80677I57600K);Thermaltake Smart 700W 80+ White Continuous Power ATX 12V V2.3/EPS 12V Active PFC Power Supply PS-SPD-0700NPCWUS-W; 2 SSD's, and CD/DVD/Bluray player. 5Excellent design. Very quiet; Almost as effective as a water cooler. I bought this and later added a second fan to create a push-pull arrangment. I've read you can get another three degrees of cooling from the extra fan, but for me it was about five C cooler under heavy load when I added the second fan. It's hard to replace the cooling effectiveness of water coolers, but they're noisy, more expensive and there's always the risk of leaks. I found that with this one, I could take an FX 8350 from 4.0 Ghz to 4.4 under 100% load on all 8 cores for an hour. That's the RAM-intensive torture test in Prime95. Even with voltage jacked up considerably to feed 16Gb of RAM, it ran for an hour at 61C. Under shorter bursts it will hold down 4.6 Ghz at full load, but in less than a minute you're creeping over 65C. That's a lot more load than playing a video of course, and a lot more load than the Windows comprehensive memory test, but running them full out at 100% is really how you find out if an overclock can be pushed into a failure.Designed in Austria, built in Taiwan, there's no "made in China" feel to this product. If you get a sense of satisfaction from things that are well designed you'll like this. They've done everything they can to make it hard to fail. This product ships with the little rubber corner guards to block the transmission of vibration. Comes with a handy wiring extender, should you need it, enclosed in a sleeve. Also comes with easy snap on clips to attach the fan to the heat sink and a second set of clips in case you decide to add a second fan. They send along some hefty brackets to reinforce it from the back of the motherboard. On an AMD motherboard you can do it all from above the board since AMD boards usually come with backplates built in. For Intel you'll probably need to take out your MB to install the brace on the back. You'll want to do that. This is a lot of weight to hang on a chip socket soldered to a thin fiberglass board. Again, they don't want you to fail, so they make it very clear which parts go with which type of board.Bearings are milled out of brass with a CNC machine. Thus the 6-year warranty and the quiet. Very artful engineering on the fan blades to dampen resonance and break down the turbulance that causes sound. The box says the motor is designed to suppress any start-up hum and I think they got that right too.Mine runs at about 750 rpm under normal load using the standard PWM header on my motherboard for the CPU and it goes up to about 1400 when all 8 cores are maxed out at 100% as described above. I did learn that my case itself needs better ventilation to take full advantage of these fans, so I'll be adding a port.I've heard of people overcoming the water cooling noise problem using two Noctua fans from this heatsink to replace the stock fans on a Corsair h100i. If I ever try to take my CPU any higher, that's probably what I'll try. 4.4 is really all I need though, if that.Worth every penny in my book. 5Cool Runnings tl;dr - Whisper quiet, easy to unstall, not great looking.Have you ever lived near an airport? If not, use a stock Intel CPU cooler, and you will know what it sounds like to have a jumbo jet flying through your computer room. If you aren't interested in that experience, then you might want to look at a 3rd party CPU cooler like this Noctua. I bought this not to increase my cooling, but to keep noise down and the NH-U12S has accomplished this admirably.The NH-12S arrives in a classy looking glossy card board box. When opened, you will find AMD mounting equipment and Intel mounting equipment (both LGA 1155 and 2011) in separate smaller cardboard boxes. Yet another box contain mounting accessories like screws and thermal paste. Finally, the box of course contains the NH-12S heatsink and fan.Installation is a breeze. Simply put the retaining bracket on to the back of your motherboard, apply new thermal paste, add the front bracket, attach the heat sink, then the fan, and finally plug the fan into the MB's CPU fan header. This whole process, which I took very slowly, consumed about 20 minutes of my time.Once you turn your machine on, don't be surprised it you think it's still off. While the stock Intel cooler sounds like an air show is headed to your house upon startup, the Noctua is smooth and whisper quiet. Even at maximum load, you can barely hear it.I don't have a window in my case, so it doesn't matter to me, but for those of you who like to show of your internals, just know that no Noctua fan product will ever win a beauty competition, and this product is no exception with it's stunning 1970s Soviet-inspired design. If aesthetics are your primary concern, I'd advise you to look elsewhere, but know that you are missing out on a great cooling product. Better and ugly fan than a burnt-out processor. 5BIG, but what a huge difference it has made I always kept the stock cpu cooler that came with my processor, but that thing was so annoyingly loud. When I had friends or family over, they would joke on how it sounded like a vacuum cleaner or a leaf blower. It was hard to play games or watch videos because of the noise level. Even when I recorded audio, my older cpu fan was ruining the recording and my online friends would complain about hearing a loud noise during voice chat. I tried cleaning dust from it regularly and replaced every other fan, not realizing at the time that it was the cpu fan making all of that noise.I decided enough was enough and searched all over the internet for the best quality cpu cooler on the market and everyone seemed to recommend Noctua, and I finally understand why. This company doesn't mess around. This cpu cooler is gigantic, which might be off-putting for anyone wanting to build a compact machine, but I just wanted something that was going to run cool and QUIET. Now when I play the most demanding games, you can barely hear anything at all.The installation was a little bit intimidating, since they try to make it compatible with several cpu/motherboard types, but their instructions were easy to follow for the most part. Overall, I am very happy with how well this performs and I highly recommend Noctua. 5Love it as the installation was very easy compared to ... I had the Hyper 212 Evo and replaced it with this. Love it as the installation was very easy compared to the 212 Evo. I was also able to use this with no problems with the memory cards as they are high profile. I am using it with the push/pull configuration and the temps are from 27 to low 30's. Very effective. Some complained about the color which does not bother me as I am impressed with its performance. 5
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