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Noctua NH-D15 SSO2 D-Type Premium CPU Cooler, NF-A15 x 2 PWM Fans
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: It works, it Really works very well.
Workmanship is excellent.
Easy to install. Directions that actually help and not confuse, like so many can. All that you need to install on AMD or INTEL MBs
Quiet

Cons: Cost and large but IMHO well worth it after seeing the results of it's cooling abilities.

Other Thoughts: So I bit the bullet and paid big hoping that all that I had heard about this cooler was and is true. I am not disappointed!! It rocks!

I have many stories of how well it cools but I'll just mention the latest figures after playing a game for 2+ hours.
Ambient temp at computer base was 27.78C (82F) the full 2 hrs.
CPU is i7-4790K which was running at 4601 Mhz
Highest CPU temp was 66C - 69C (150 - 156F)
Highest fan RPM was 678 = lots of room for further cooling by adjusting to a more aggressive fan curve.
My i5-3570K @3800Mhz with a different popular cooler was in the mid 70'sC in the same situation.
GPU is EVGA GTX 780 with no extra cooling
It's highest temp was 70C

SIZE is something you need to plan ahead for.

My system
i7-4790K
EVGA GTX 780
ASUS Z97-PRO GAMER
G.SKILL TridentX F3-2400C10D-16GTX
Noctua NH-D15 SSO2
Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower - A great case!
Samsung SSD 840 Pro
Kingston SSD
WD Black

I wanted to use both fans ( a no brainer) so with this case I had to leave the side door off even if I had removed the removable heat spreader on the memory. ( I "may" have been able to use the side panel but with a bulge. However I didn't test that possibility. I clean fans and components often so leaving the panel off is not an issue for me.

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Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Five (5) Preinstalled Fans, Side Window Panel, Top HDD Dock
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Lots of space. Clean, smooth, HDD bays are easy to configure. Drives are very easy to install or remove.
Fans are quiet.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Noctua NH-D15 SSO2 is too big if you use the second fan. The fan over the memory will protrude beyond the side cover even if you use low profile memory. The first fan is ok, just barely, but why use only the one fan?!?

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Intel Core i7-4790K Devil’s Canyon Quad-Core 4.0GHz LGA 1150 BX80646I74790K Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4600
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Everything is faster. Coming from an I5 3740K
Overclocked to stable 4.9Ghz on air, Noctua NH-D15, without any fine tuning.

Cons: None, zero, nada

Other Thoughts: Seems like a no brainer if you have the cash

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Glen F.'s Profile

Display Name: Glen F.

Date Joined: 01/05/07

  • Reviews: 21
  • Helpfulness: 11
  • First Review: 09/05/10
  • Last Review: 07/10/15
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