Summary: Very easy to put on and remove. Don't lose the screws like I did!!! Thankfully I found them!
Pros: Kept CPU cool even when fan wasn't running (Below 70C). I got this to run cooler than the stock heatsink, and I was wondering why it wasn't. I did some research and found out that the manufacturer SUCKS, and didn't seat the fan in. So i took the fan out and *click*. I put it back in and it worked! Even under 100% load it kept the temps at 60/61C. 3 Stars because of Artic Freezer not seating it right.
Good product but lousy instructions and installation process
J. McCranie, Amazon
29 November 2014
Summary: Five stars for the product, one star for the instructions and installation, so three stars overall. (See added at bottom about my installation complaint) I had a CPU running a few degrees over spec and the fan was louder than I wanted it to be (an Intel i7 that is not overclocked). I took the heat sink out and used compressed air to blow dust out of the heat sink fins. I put it back in, using thermal grease, of course.
Summary: I bought one of these for my girlfriend's PC (Intel Core i5) -- with the stock cooler it was hitting 90 deg. Celsius at IDLE (I wonder if the thermal compound went bad?) -- once this was greased up and installed, all those issues went away -- ran in the 39 degree range. I overclocked her to 4.0 GHz for a while, but in the end, her video card couldn't handle the ambient heat in the case, so I dropped everything back to stock.
Pros: Overclocked a 3.2 GHz Core i5 (dual core) for a while to 4.0 GHz, it was fairly stable (video card couldn't handle the ambient heat but otherwise was okay -- was not able to get anywhere near comparable results in an AMD). Better than stock, no significant issues yet, fair price, ambient noise not usually noticeable. -- Recommended for quieter builds that do not require overclocking, but even if you plan to overclock you might be able to squeeze a few hundred extra MH...
Cons: Overclocked a Phenom (quad core), still overheats at modest over clocks -- 4.0 GHz is not going to happen (best stable from 3.2 GHz stock was 3.6 GHz, and during a 12-hour burn-in, even that got a bit too hot for my comfort). The RPMs seem to fluctuate wildly at boot up time (even with all fans set to max speed, no adjust) -- sometimes setting off BIOS RPM warnings, had to set it to the lowest possible value (600 RPM) -- because you still want it to beep at boot up if...
Should have had some instructions because I killed my motherboard with it.
2 August 2014
Summary: Mine didn't come with any instruction on how to install. This was my first time installing a CPU cooler fan. Nothing aligned correctly and eventually I had to use regular screws instead of the plastic insterts provided. I ended up damaging my $150.00 motherboard and so what's up with that?
Pros: On my AMD board it was a really simple install.
Cons: On AMD based systems, you can only mount the cooler with the fan pointed toward the top of the case or toward the bottom. Not good when I have a 2 gb radeon 6970 vid card. I had to remove a top case fan in order to install, positioning the other way was not an option. Fan is quiet and running at @ 2000 rpm makes it much more quiet than the AMD fan running at @ 5500 rpm. But my cpu temps are still in the 50-60 deg c range. Will have to find another solution.
Difficult to assemble and interferes with ram ports on AMD motherboards.
Vaughn "The answer man!", Amazon
16 July 2014
Summary: This is a good fan and cooler. I bought two of these and used them on AMD CPUs (it can be used for an Intel CPU as well). The reason I cannot give it five stars is because it is a lot more difficult to put together then any other Fan/Heatsink I have ever used. The instructions are not clear on how you are supposed to do it and once you figure it out, you find out that one of the screws that is needed to attach one of the feet is almost impossible to get in because is...