Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 4
Rated 5 out of 5 by Shane Very quiet, but not for overclockers.
I got this to cool my 4770k inside the extremely tight mini ITX Silverstone RVZ01 case. Under load, it's whisper quiet, despite the fact that in this case, it is right next to an external vent. In larger cases where there is better buffering against noise, you're unlikely to hear this cooler at all, which makes it a great budget choice to replace the stock cooler in an HTPC.
As for temps, my i7 reached 96°C in a few minutes under load at 4.4GHz, so I wouldn't recommend this to cool an overclocked Haswell chip. I think the only difference between this and the Extreme version is the lower maximum fan RPM for this model.
Installation is pretty easy. The heatsink is quite wide and low (they pack a lot of heatsink in for a low profile cooler), so you may need to install LP RAM, especially on a mITX board. Due to interference with the RAM sticks, I had to install it with the copper pipes pointing vertically as opposed to horizontally, which is less efficient for cooling when you have the board vertical.
22 March 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by delibes Quiet and cool.
I was running an Intel Q9550 on stock cooler in a Silverstone GD01-MX. This is a great upgrade. Slightly difficult to get the base support screwed to the motherboard backing holders, but steady perseverance pays off. It'd be nice if I can move this to a Broadwell next year.
06 March 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by vfxartist Quiet great value cooler
I'm using this in an HTPC rig where quiet cooling is really important.
It was easy to install, gives me great temps and is almost silent.
I spent a lot of time looking for a cooler, reading reviews and planning my rig. This was highly recommended and i can see why.
06 February 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by DG Works as advertised
None I can see, all good
18 February 2013