Summary: I picked this up to cool an AM2+ Athlon 64 5000 that had been unlocked to full quad-core operation. It fits nicely (though snugly) on the motherboard, the mounting clips tightened down with no problem. You just need to take a moment to examine the cooler to understand how it works and be sure you don't over-tighten the mounting screws. The cooling fan is exceptionally quiet, near silent. This HSF is definitely on the short list for low-power AMD builds.
Pros: Excellent price (especially when on sale). Nice, quiet Arctic Cooling fan. 4-pin PWM. Good quality thermal compound pre-applied.
Cons: Slightly large. Need to be careful with the mounting clips.
Summary: I did a previous review of this item with it cooling a Athlon X2 64 5600+(which it did Marvelously),so for others reference i decided to write a new review for a different CPU since I'm so pleased with this product . From reading other reviews I was a little concerned when I acquired a Phenom II X4 925 95w as I was reading it was not able to adequately cool this CPU.
Pros: -Able to Cool A Phenom II X4 925 Rev.2 95w to relatively decent Temperatures. To give you an estimation I'm able to Idle Around 28C and 45C at Full Load. -Quiet -Price
Cons: -More than Possible you will have to remove Mobo from case to get this thing in as clipping system AMD's use is a pain with this cooler when you can't see what your doing. -Possibility of RAM obstruction if your RAM is situated close to the CPU, so your measurements before purchasing.
Summary: This fan is only for AMD so if you're processor is Intel keep shopping. Install was a breeze, pop off the dead one, clean up the old thermal paste from the processor, and line it up, snap it in, tighten the screws, plug it in and WHAM! You're done! Best under $50 I have spent in a long time. Yes the cost is 23.99 but once I added 2day shipping to Hawai'i the price petty much doubled. All in all I am very pleassed. My computer is up and running again.
Pros: 1 - Price, very inexpensive 2 - Ease of install, took me less than 15 minutes 3 - Quiet, can't even hear it running 4 - Easily Outperforms the stock fan 5 - Makes me happy because I can play my games again!
Summary: If you are looking for a heatsink which will improve your CPU temps, or if you intend to try overclocking, this is NOT the heastsink/fan for you. If you are looking for an effective device to replace a failed stock device or need a device for a CPU which lacks a stock heatsink, then this is a very solid choice.
Pros: + Not as large as "tower" style coolers and will not interfere with RAM heat shields regardless of their design or size. + Cost: much cheaper than many choices + Noise level: MUCH quieter than stock cooler thanks in part to unique fan design. There is precious little housing to cause fan noise and the fan is suspended over the heatsink via rubber, anti-vibration mechanisms. Very trick. + Installation is a breeze. One of the easiest coolers to install. Even easier than...
Cons: - AMD only - Larger than stock - Unusual fan design: prohibits simple fan replacement after failure. The fan blades are more exposed so wire management near the heatsink will be key. - The heatsink and fan shroud are two different bits, and NOT affixed to each other. The fan is held to the heatsink via pressure once installed. This works quite well but keep it in mind when removing it from the package so you don't drop 1/2 the assembly. - Cools marginally better than ...
Summary: I am using it on an GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 with a AMD FX-6300. When I push the AMD FX-6300 hard, it gets a little warm, but always stays well within the CPUs limits. The AMD FX-6300 is rated a 95 watts. I wouldn't use this cooler for anything more.
Pros: It is very quiet, and it cools my AMD CPU much better than the stock fan. Low profile does not torque the MB. Price was not a decision factor for my on this, but low cost is always good.
Cons: It barely fits in the AM3+ area on the MB. This makes it a little tricky to mount, but I got it in without any problems.
Summary: I had a bad stock heatsink on my FX 8350 and I didn't know what to do my water cooling unit cosair H100i was on back order so I picked upo one of these littles guys for the hell of it because I wanted to test out my rig and I have to admit I thought it wasn't going to work 90Watt cpu cooler 120watt CPU but to my surprise I was getting 26 on Idle and 64 to 61 on load I didn't use the stock thermal paste that might be why but I used always use IC diamond thermal paste It...
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.