Rated 4 out of 5 by 1
Rated 4 out of 5 by OHIC Good, but insanely large
I bought this cooler and my new motherboard at the same time, and putting them together made me very glad that my RAM is low profile! My CPU and mobo combination is an LGA1150 with MicroATX, but I think the situation would be pretty much the same with any full ATX too: do not pair this cooler with any of the spectacular Klingon-looking RAM types with tall headspreaders. You simply will not be able to insert all of the sticks, since the heatsink will cover one and possibly more slots (check reviews for photos of what I mean). This cooler overhangs all of my RAM sticks, with only just enough clearance to allow the sticks to be manoeuvred into position at an angle, since I had to remount the fan pointing into the case (else it would have collided with the card or been too close to the ceiling).
That said, the cooler is impressive. The fan is as quiet as they come, and you'll have to look at it to know it's spinning. I suspect the gigantic heatsink does most of the work though. You should also Google for reviews if you intend to overlock. I've paired this with an i5 4440, so it will never be overclocked, but various reviews have expressed disappointment with its cooling in a heavily overclocked computer. For overclocks, Be Quiet!'s Dark Rock Pro 2 is said to be a better performer, but at stock speed this one's fine.
21 March 2014