Pros: Price is fairly good. Cooler part is good. When working, it does keep the OC'd CPU nice and cool.
Cons: Regular fan failure! The original fan, as installed by the custom builder of my PC on an overclocked i5 3470K, failed in about a year. A clear window on the case let me see that the fan was not working. Arctic was good about a replacement which arrived quickly after me making a warranty claim. This fan failed after about 9 additional month. Again Arctic was good about a replacement. I'm just disturbed that one day I will cook my CPU without notice. What good is a 6 ye...
Summary: I purchased the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo to replace this piece, and it worked much more effectively. not only did it cover the entire chip, it lowered the temp almost 10 degrees more than this thing could.
Pros: None for AMD chips
Cons: Purchased to replace stock fan on a budget build with an AMD A10-7850k. The fan did not cover the entire chip, and left over a 1/4inch of the chip uncovered all around. Will definitely be returning it, as this was not stated in the product description.
Summary: Seriously. Don't look at this review and think "This won't happen to me". It comes with a square bracket. If your motherboard's screws for the heat sink aren't a perfect square, it won't fit.
Pros: Looks pretty. I'm sure it works great for Intel.
Cons: It doesn't come with the right bracket to attach to an AMD board. Had to buy it on Another vendor.. Additionally, the way it attaches to that (not included) bracket is nothing short of rediculous. I was literally in awe. You have to screw the two flaps onto the heat sink, and then attach them to the hooks on the new mount. But be careful - if you screw the flaps all the way down before mounting it, you won't be able to mount it. Additionally, even after mounting it, y...
Pros: after less then a week the fan stopped one night. I was not there to hear the motherboard temp warning. Came home computer was off. Turned it on and nothing happened and i noticed the fan for the CPU cooler not spinning. Tapped with my finger and it started. Had an extra AM2 processor laying around and boom fired right up. Should have stuck to factory cooling.
Summary: I had this cooler for over one year and I recently had to go into my PC to upgrade a HDD when I noticed that the fan was loose. Upon closer inspection I discovered that the plastic base had cracked in several places. The heat must have made it brittle over time. I am not a heavy gamer so heat generated in the case is modest. Save yourself the trouble and buy a cooler with a metal base for the same price.
Pros: Silent. Easy to install. Works while it lasts.
Cons: The plastic base will eventually become brittle and crack.
Summary: Bought this for my phenom2 965 be and although it was very quiet the stock fan done such a better job very disapointed in this fan. i did retry fitting it 3 times but eventually gave up processor was running 10c higher with this fan over stock