Summary: This fan was useless to me. I installed it, and it only half worked. Let me explain. Perhaps it's the geometry of my board, but this sucker was so big and bulky and positioned oddly that only have the air could flow properly; one side of the heat sink was right up against a memory card.
Summary: went through to of these first one came with a crack which grew with install and had to pay $9 for return shipping for rma which is half the cost put new one in and hotter then stock and no point in returning as i would have spent more shipping this piece back then i did buying it.
Cons: hard to install , does not cool as well as stock heat sink that came with my AMD FX-8320 tried cleaning off thermal past and reapplying still was running 15 to 20 degrees hotter then stock put your money towards something else and is kinda a pain to instal
Summary: This heat sink is very quiet, and keeping a computer quiet is important to me. That being said, this cooler is for office-use. I have been using it in a compact Antec Sonata case with performance hardware for a few months and I'm glad I decided to to temperature tests.
Pros: -Small, takes up very little interior space -Very, VERY quiet fan -Rubber grommets hold it to the heat sink, reducing noise even more
Cons: Running my AMD Phenom II X4 965, this cooler keeps idle core temperature ABOVE 61° C, which is very hot for an idle temperature. Just a few minutes ago, I ran Crysis 1 to see how the fan handles temperatures at load and I was getting dangerously high temperatures of 74° C after just a few minutes...
Summary: Had to install the stock cooler and saw it had copper pipes and contact plate on it, i think thats the main think this heatsink is missing. My temps never go over 58'C with the stock heatsink installed but its only temporary until i get my big aftermarket heatsink in.
Pros: Quiet Looks good
Cons: This cooler just couldn't keep my CPU under the max temp my CPU recommended. Temp would sometimes go above 65'C under loads with good airflow in my case. Easy to install is a joke, this thing was near impossible to mount on the mobo while in the case.
Summary: Not sure if it's just the one I got, or the cooler in general, but it was a complete waste of money. Kudos to Newegg for taking the RMA quickly and efficiently. Gave it 2 stars, simply because it IS incredibly quiet, and was spinning at 2200 RPM according to my BIOS.
Pros: Incredibly quiet
Cons: Unit was very wide, and extended over my leftmost RAM chip. Installation brackets are a pain in the neck to attach properly. Device did not cool my CPU down at all. Temps spiked to over 80 C when running Prime 95. I shut down the stress test, because I didn't want to fry my CPU. My stock cooler h...