Summary: Installing this was a little trickier than what other people have written. For an AMD socket, the instructions show placing the metal tabs into the sides of the socket (and of course no obstructions like boards or power cables in the diagram!) with some supernatural force holding them there while you lower the heatsink down and turn the screws. In reality, the tabs will fall over and this procedure will never work.
Summary: I purchased this cooler to work in conjunction with an FX 6300 upgrade I performed on my sons GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-S2P Item#: N82E16813128504. This is a mATX motherboard so the RAM slots have precious little room to the CPU socket. His system has fairly low profile RAM (Crucial Ballistix Tracer). Due to the vertical orientation of this cooler, the fan shroud interferes with the closest RAM stick and therefore could not be installed.
Pros: + Very inexpensive + Compact enough to fit in most cases, even mATX towers or HTPC enclosures + Excellent choice for Intel systems + Extremely easy to use mount design
Cons: - Only allows installation in one direction on AMD systems because the mount is permanently affixed to the cooler. You can choose to orient it so the fan blows up and down, but not front to back as is the most common direction for tower cooler such as this.
Summary: You can order replacement parts directly from Arctic but beware they ship from Hong Kong so shipping may cost a lot. I ordered two fans and with shipping came to the same amount a new fan and heatseek would cost. The fans took almost 3 weeks to deliver.
Pros: - It's surprisingly quiet for the size. - Has Flexible mounting direction based on your case configuration. - Keeps the CPU temp down wonderfully. - Clear instructions for a Intel or AMD install. - Excellent price.
Cons: My fan recently (2 weeks ago from writing this review) died so I had order a replacement fan.
Cons: installation is horrendous, and cooling the i3 i used it for isnt a good as i thought, prime 95 small fft hits 70c easily. i dont know if i mounted it right buts it tight as itll get. none the less itll be ok for non overclockers,
Summary: Must admit, was hoping this would cool my 4770k a little better. I know these chips run ridiculously hot...I guess I was expecting a bit too much, which is fine...Can't really complain since this cooler is so cheap and quiet. After not seeing the temps I wanted, I removed the cooler and reapplied the thermal paste thinking that there was simply too much pre-applied thermal compound.
Pros: CHEAP! Installation is really simple...no need to remove motherboard from the case. This was a big reason I went with this cooler. Not ridiculously huge so it will most likely fit in any midtower case and larger (easily fits in my cheap Thermaltake WingRS 100 case)...another big reason I got this. Fan is MUCH quieter than stock intel fan it replaced. Now the loudest component in my computer is a cheap 120mm intake fan I have in my case. In terms of cooling performance...
Cons: Not enough headroom, cooling-wise, to push my 4770k when overclocking. With a sliight overclock (have it Turbo up to 4.1ghz...no voltage increase), idle stays in the low 40s and gaming will run into the mid 80s. If I run Cinebench to max out all cores with the overclock, it will get into the 90s. Was hoping for a bit better performance considering the cooler is much bigger than the stock cooler.
Summary: Core i5 2400 CPU. Ambient Room Temperature: 65 to 71 C CPU temperature (idle) : 28 to 30 C CPU Stress Test (CPU @ 100% utilization for 5 mins): <50C and never goes beyond that I would probably get a lower temperature reading if I had enough room to place the cooler where it blows out towards the rear case exhaust fan but I have a Micro ATX motherboard and the best I could fit it is where the cooler fan faces the video card and blows towards the top of the case since my...
Summary: The heat pipe system causes a delay in cooling, so my temps jump a little before the heat reaches the cooling system
Pros: It directs airflow to the fan that takes hot air outside the case and it's quiet'. My processor dropped 4 degrees below my motherboard temp, I figure it doesn't get much better than that
Cons: The instructions are pitiful. It took awhile to figure out how to install this thing. I have a 775 processor. It is actually held by two small screws, and make sure the thermal compound is making contact with all of the processor. But otherwise no complaints. I needed a flashlight to align the heatsink with the holes in the base and pliers to guide the screw to the hole on one side. Just another adventure. It's working great. The fan speed isn't available for me to se...