Great entry-level cooler. Going strong after 5 years!
Lisa W., Newegg
4 weeks ago
Summary: With all after-market coolers, you have to make certain it: A) Fits in your case and motherboard layout, with your other components. Arctic's website has height restriction drawings of their products, so you just have to measure! B) Is rated/intended for the chip you want to put it on. I've seen several negative reviews for this cooler where the author clearly didn't bother to check one or both of these things before purchasing.
Pros: Quiet! I can barely hear that it's on, even at full CPU load. Can't hear it at all if the graphics card's fans (also Arctic) are above 50%. This cooler has been on my LGA 775 E7600 for over 5 years, and it's still a champ. Idle temps average about 7 degrees cooler than noisy stock cooler (which I only kept on about 3 weeks), and about 20 less on load. Note the CPU is not overclocked. The Zalman CNPS9900A cooler I have on my newer build's i7 3770K is louder, and I real...
Cons: Install instructions are mostly pictures, and, being my first after-market cooler, I installed it with the fan backwards the first time (blowing onto the RAM, instead of out of the case). But it still kept the CPU plenty cool, although temps dropped a few degrees when I turned it the right-way round.
Summary: I bought this for my son's computer, which has a Core 2 Q6600 Kentsfield for a cpu in an Abit P-35 mobo. The stock cooler was getting horribly high temps at the stock 2.4 GHz speed (roughly 50C idle and anywhere from 70C to 85C under load). I had used the earlier version of this cooler in my own Q6600 rig, which I'd been able to overclock to 3.3 GHz, stable, with decent temps, for roughly 6 years. So I figured, why not try the revised version? Glad I did.
Pros: - Fits older model mobos (in this case LGA 775) - Provides great cooling, even for overclocked chips - Fairly easy to put together - Pre-applied thermal paste actually does well - More quiet than case fans
Summary: I am a huge supporter of Corsair water coolers, however, when water cooling isn't an option I turn to this little fella here and being that I've put about a dozen in a dozen different systems and they all are still working and the CPUs are running in the low 30s, I would definitely recommend this to anyone.
Pros: There are several Pros for this product: 1. Easy to install. 2. Very Quiet. 3. Works with just about everything. 4. Doesn't look too bad if you have a side window on your case. 5. Keeps your processor running at really low temperatures that would revival some water cooling systems.
Cons: Only Con I've found with this product is that on some motherboards if you put the fan facing forward as it should be installed in most systems, it may not fit if the RAM slots are too close or you might not be able to use high RAM sticks with cooling fins on them. However, this can be fixed by changing the mounting position of the cooler to face down, up or backwards. (Yes backwards if you set up the airflow in the case properly.) Other than that no other issues.
Summary: Great CPU Fan! I have an i5 4690k (OC'd), MSI Z97-G45 Gaming, GTX 760 SC, Corsair 550 PSU, Seagate 1TB HDD, 16GB(2x 8GB) Curcial Ballistix Sport RAM, all wrapped up in a beautiful CM Storm Trooper Case. This fan comes with preapplied thermal paste, and it actually is really good quality!!!! i was skeptical at first, but I did some stress tests while monitoring the CPU temp with the MSI Command Center app. Barely budged at all with CPU temp! I'm very happy with this fan!
Summary: Bought one for a computer that kept shutting down due to an Intel i5 760 CPU overheating on a Biostar T5Xe built several years ago. The installation pictures in words: 1.Push the receiving pins into the MB. 2.Push the locking pins through the mounting bracket and into the receiving pins on the MB. 3.Remove the fan from the fin unit. 4.Screw the cooling unit into the metal bracket. 5. Replace the snap-on fan. 6. Plug the fan in.
Pros: Tried one for a few weeks before buying a second one for another computer. Lowered CPU temps on one computer from upper 60s C to mid 50s C. Lowered second computer from upper 70s C to mid 40s C. Case fans are louder than CPU cooler. Good price and paper warranty. Durability and warranty repair/replacements are unknown at this time. Temp differences may be due to reapplying Arctic Silver on the first computer vs. using pre-installed Arctic MX2 on the second computer.
Cons: Rather large units, but fit into my full size cases all right. Instructions consist of numbered drawings. The first time I tried to install it in the wrong sequence which caused me to remove it, reapply paste, and start over. Words would have been helpful for me, but the second time was easy enough (see my written instructions below). Also, had to snip off part of the plastic cage around the fan to make it fit over my RAM. Not a big problem, but still necessary on my ...
Summary: For the price, this thing is well worth it for a gamer who doesn't do much overclocking. No memory clearance issues for me. I did a little overclocking with it for a while. Worked well at room temperature, but got too hot for me during the summer (no AC in the building).
Pros: Bought one 7 years ago, reliably keeps an intel Q6600 (4-core 2.4 GHz) under 60 degrees to this day as long as I keep up the dusting maintenance on my rig. Building a new comp now and bought it again. It doesn't look like it from the picture, but this thing is a beast of a HSF.
Cons: Louder than the stock HSF, but you can barely hear it over standard case fans.
Summary: Fan and fins are large but only by comparison to stock coolers. Its size is fairly average for an aftermarket air cooler and I had no issues fitting it into my mid-size ATX case. Fan mounting bracket is made of what appears to be durable, heavy duty plastic that clips firmly to the fins. The fan itself is mounted to the bracket with rubber grommets that I assume help dampen vibration and noise.
Pros: Cost: Under $20 Ease of setup. Installed with my 775 Intel CPU in 10 minutes. Clear, easy to follow instructions included in box. No backplate involved so I didn't have to remove the mobo. Nice! Performance: Dropped my idle temps 14°C and load temps dropped 10°C. Under load, temps never exceeded 50°C. Whisper quiet: No noticeable noise increase even when under load.
Cons: I agree with other reviewers that the surface area of the heat sink block where it comes in contact with the CPU could be a bit larger. But performance doesn't seem to suffer even with its smallish size.