Summary: I found it very effective and extremely silent!!!! I am using it in a computer that is located under a desk that doesn't let air circulate so the original fan was at full blast almost all the time. I never heard this boy's fan yet while it keeps the temperature way under what it used to be.
Summary: The installation of this big beast was rather complicated due to the instructions provided (different ways to install it) and its huge size. The thermal compound supplied is barely enough to cover the main dissipation plate but it isn't much of a problem; just make sure to put it steadily and precisely. The heatsink itself runs very smoothly: quiet and dissipates a hell lot of heat.
Pros: quiet, great heat dissipation, cheap
Cons: very big, barely enough thermal compound supplied
Summary: Cool quite operation. Bring the temperature down to 30 deg centigrade. But be ready to sacrifice the memory slots. Two if you are using duel in line memory It needs to be trimmed by about 5 mm so as to save the memory slot
Summary: Recently installed the A30 on an ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 mobo -w- an AMD FX 6200 processor. Very pleased with the performance over the stock heat-sink / fan that came with the AMD chip. Stock heat-sink was idling around 32c with the CPU over-clocked to 4.1 GHZ. The A30 now idles around 27c and whisper quiet. Running Prime 95 on the OC'd system my cpu temps never go above 55c and still very quiet with the fan running at around 1800 r.p.m.!!!
Summary: I bought this for an AMD PII x4 965 BE (3.4ghz) but the pins on it were bent, and am waiting for a replacement. However, the PII X3 720 BE (2.8ghz) it is replacing dropped an entire 17c using this cooler with basic "ceramique" thermal paste (which should be called thermal GLUE, and I do NOT recommend, but that's another review). I might be wrong, but I think this cooler might having a bigger temp diff with a more aggressive fan profile.
Summary: This cooler is big, really big. I was lucky, I didn't have to remove the motherboard from the case, the back plate remained in place (it did not drop out of place). This fan is quiet, at minimum, it rotates at 440 RPM. (low enough to trigger some software alarms. Phenom II 1100 BB, temp now around 30-31 °C, while writing this review. Great performance, could not ask for better.
Summary: Here are some points i want to share Installation was relatively fast and simple for me. I am comfortable installing computer hardware.2. Very quiet cooler in my opinion. 3. After installing this cooler, normal temperatures went down from 55º C. to an average of 43º C. This is a huge difference!! 4. Here comes the impressive part. Under processor stress, this cooler won't let the temperatures rise above 69º C. No matter what programs I run and how long I run them for.
Cool, quiet, six year warranty, and easy to install.
R. Mart "Gun Lover", Amazon
1 November 2012
Summary: Phenom II 6 core CPU. The AMD was loud and did not cool nearly as good. It is large, though this adds to its cooling capability. Very easy install, however, make the silver thermal paste line thinner than shown in directions.