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This review is from: Noctua NH-D15 SSO2 D-Type Premium CPU Cooler, NF-A15 x 2 PWM Fans
Pros: * Noise emissions: At idle it's essentially silent, quieter than my speakers' hiss (JBL LSR305). Under load I barely notice it -- audible but never distracting or annoying.
* Thermals: Temperatures are lower than with the aio liquid cooler I was using previously.
* Installation: a breeze.
* Fit: No issues.
These are first impressions. I'll update this review as I get to know the cooler a bit better.
Cons: I can't think of any.
Other Thoughts: CPU: i7 4790k. Case: Phanteks Enthoo Pro (whose case fans, it turns out, are almost completely silent).
The Noctua NH-D15 replaces my Corsair H105 AIO liquid cooler. How I wound up buying the NH-D15 should be an object lesson for anyone considering buying an AIO liquid cooler (tl;dr: don't buy AIO liquid coolers):
I tolerated the H105's annoying, buzzy, loud stock fans for almost two years, couldn't take it any more, and finally decided last week to replace them with two Noctua NF-F12's. Those solved the fan problem but revealed another, because now I could hear how loud and annoying the water-cooler itself was, how it buzzed and hummed constantly when the computer was on, and how it was far and away the loudest component in my system when the machine was at idle -- probably accounting for much of what I thought was fan noise.
Again, I couldn't take it anymore, so I started looking around online for a better, quieter AIO liquid cooler. The NH-D15 appeared alongside AIO coolers in just about every chart/benchmark I ran across, and in all of this it was quieter performed at least as well. So I took the plunge.I gave up on cheap liquid cooling. I'm glad I did.
For people who don't p*mp their machines, high-quality air cooling is hands down better than AIO liquid cooling, not just for performance or noise emissions but for reliability. Fewer moving parts means lower risk of failure, and when your CPU cooler contains liquid, failure could easily mean the death of your system.
Don't get sucked in by the hype the way I was. Don't think for a minute that liquid cooling is quieter or better than air cooling, because it isn't. Just get the NH-D15.
Pros: Almost no part of the device falls short. Nothing about it feels cheap. It doesn't flex or bend when squeezed or stressed. The ports feel strong and durable; cables plugged in don't wiggle at all. It just looks, feels and works like a well-made device.
And, you know, it works.
Cons: The feet on the bottom are magnetics for filth.
Other Thoughts: Hoo Too asked me to write a review. That's a little weird, even questionable, but the device is pretty excellent, so I don't mind doing it.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: It is worth every penny (I bought it here for much less than current price),
Cons: and not one penny more;
Other Thoughts: after about half a year it is already dying. Save your money and buy something better.READ FULL REVIEW