Summary: What you have here is a great little CPU cooler. Sure, you can be trendy and go with that other brand cooler that has like two million five-star reviews on Amazon, but that thing is the size of the Scooby-Doo lunchbox you carried back and forth to elementary school. The Arctic is just a little bigger than my stock cooler; it's squat and dome shaped, kinda like R2-D2's head only smaller.
Well worth a replacement if you dont want to noise of high air cool or water for a HTPC
Joseph Kyllo, Amazon
11 August 2014
Summary: Very quite and provides ample cooling. If you are using an HTPC that is a traditional case (I use an IKONIC) then this is a good option for stock fan replacement. So quite I wasnt even sure my computer had booted up. Average temps with stock fan on Phenom II x4 950 BE was 46c under normal use - after installation it dropped it down to 32c under normal use.
... husband uses these all the time and they work great. this one had a minor defect in the ...
Kate Waters, Amazon
10 July 2014
Summary: my husband uses these all the time and they work great. this one had a minor defect in the power plug, but the hubby fixed it. this is my first computer build with my man. so far its looking good.
Summary: I've installed many coolers in the nearly 20yrs that I've been putting together systems. I REALLY don't like how this cooler clips onto the cpu socket. Normally, the clip secures the heatsink and the fan is attached to the heatsink. With this cooler, the clips are attached to the fan and the fan sandwiches the cooler down to the cpu. I was working in a mini-atx case with a bottom mounted power supply, so the cpu is very close to the top of the case.
Summary: I highly recommend this cooler to anyone who is looking to quiet their system or replace their stock cooler. It's a bit difficult to install, but not extremely. Make sure to loosen the two screws on the cooler itself before you try to attach the cooler onto the socket. Don't plan to do any overclocking with this cooler. It performs roughly the same as the stock cooler but it's much quieter so an excellent choice if you want to quiet down your system.
Summary: Decided to try this cooler after tiring of changing Scythe Shuriken Rev B coolers every year despite they being rated for 40,000 hr use.I'm using this in an Antec MicroFusion Remote 350 Micro ATX case to cool a 95w AM2 Athlon. So far it's keeping my cpu temps around 55 C during peak use (with hot PCI Ceton cable card in use) and is inaudible from my seating distance of 15ft. Installation was a little tricky until I paid attention to the instructions.