Gene, I was hoping that it would work out well for you. I have read some good reviews on it. I'm glad to hear some first hand experience. I probably own enough CPU coolers to open my own shop. What I have learned about air cooling is exactly what you said. If you are going to air cool, get a well designed cooler with almost massive size, and good fans. Then you will most likely get good results. as far as I'm concerned, if a D14, Silver Arrow or Phanteks won't cool it, start looking for a good water loop.