Summary: This is a great fan for a micro ATX case when you are concerned with a muscle processor that can run hot in a relatively "confined space." Don't get me wrong...it's going to be tight but it moves some air. It is a bit loud but I have no complaints. I can deal with a little noise but not an overheated CPU. It was well worth the money for me to purchase this with my new/used Q9550 that is now the heart of a home media PC.
Summary: Used this on an AMD A10-5800k HTPC I set up that was constantly overheating in its small case. Everything runs smooth as butter now, this took 10 deg celcius off of my idle temps, and it's super quiet when watching 1080p video and playing light games.
Summary: Bought this cooler for an HTPC but realized after trying to install the cooler that it would not fit on my Mobo. This will not fit on a Gigabyte H77N! I held onto it and when my oldest computer conveniently overheated due to old thermal paste, I switched the stock intel cooler out for this one. The install was fast considering I had to remove my mobo completely to attach this cooler. The brackets are in the front and screws go on the back of the motherboard.
works great it's more efficient and SILENT compared to what Intel bundles with i7
4 September 2013
Summary: It's a little more work to install it than the original Intel cooler, but worth it, my CPU is running by average by almost 10C cooler and there are no more sounds of shuttle taking off in my computer as the CPU load changes.
Summary: If you are looking for a compact cooling fan that is quiet, efficient, and still provide a lot of circulation for your cpu than this is the fan for you. My requirement was that I needed a replacement for a stock AMD cpu cooler for my HTPC. I have a Thermaltake LANBOX Lite VF6000BNS Cube Case, Asus mini ATX MB, running a AMD FX-4300 Vishera 3.8GHz cpu.
Summary: This cooler is the next best thing next to the massive Hyper 212 EVO, which won't fit in most midsize towers with side-mounted case fans. It's compact, but the heat sink is ~2x the size of the stock part, and the fan is 120mm vs 80mm, meaning lower RPMs and quieter operation. I use this in combination with 6 other case fans, as many as will fit in my case, as everyone should. I use it with an AMD A10-6800k Richland CPU on an MSI A85xa-G43 MoBo.