Summary: I installed this on my i5-3470 Ivy Bridge CPU as part of a new build. The cooler came with thermal paste. I applied a thin layer and start to stress test the CPU for a few days. The i5 was 85C under load and idles at 40C.
Pros: Fairly easy to install, option to add another 80mm fan to act as exhaust.
Cons: The four pins seem a bit flimsy. It took quite a bit of strength to secure it in. Compare to the stock heat sink, it's more difficult to install this cooler.
Summary: the temps it keeps my cpu isn't bad, 30-40 idle 40-50 with load, but i was already getting that with the stock cooler.
Pros: it can hold a second fan on the other side. Very easy to install on an AMD board
Cons: doesn't keep my cpu any cooler than the stock cooler that came with my FX-8320. It comes with brackets to install a 2nd 80mm fan, i tried doing that and the temps stayed the same but the noise it made went up
Summary: Unfortunately, the directions in the packaging are one of the worst I have seen in quite some time. You need to be sure that when you mount the metal "arms" to the heatsink that you use the correct holes. I believe that on each arm there are 2 "sets" of holes.
Pros: very cheap and fan mounts with simple clips to the heatsink
Cons: poor instructions and mounting arms are not labelled logically with no reference to which way they go in the instructions.
Pros: Very solid fan right out of the box. It was a bit of a fickle install given the size of the fan, but everything worked great afterwards. It really isn't a bad fan at all for the price.
Cons: Sadly, it started giving signs of failure just after 2 months. My rpm would constantly drop below 700 and it wasn't any voltage issues either after much testing. The fan eventually failed to start on power and I had to swap it for the stock.
Summary: I am not saying this is a bad product but not a great one that deserves 5 eggs. for no improvement I took off 1 egg, for the overly difficult install with AMD chips and the fact the pin on the lever flew off 1 more egg off.
Cons: Functions no better then a stock heatsink and fan. I had 0 temp differences between this and a stock AMD fan/heatsink. This is ok if you are looking to just replace a dead stock fan... there are much easier to install replacement alternatives then this. Installation was a bit tight on a already a...
Summary: It's a good product, but installation was a huge pain. So this cooler has its drawbacks. I don't know if I can recommend it.
Pros: I recently built my older brother a budget gaming computer and of course he needed some better-than-stock CPU cooling. He is using a mid-size tower with no room for one of those gigantic heatsinks that weigh 10 pounds, but this seemed perfect. And it is! His CPU stays within 30-40 degrees C even ...
Cons: The installation was pretty tricky and frustrating. Unlike the bigger Cooler Master CPU coolers - I have one in my full-size tower - this one has four separate metal brackets such that each one must be attached and aligned separately. It was so much easier with just two metal brackets. I also had...
Summary: Newegg suggested this cooler for my new 65 watt CPU. Per the box, it would cool up to a 95 watt CPU. I'm wondering if Newegg could have suggested something that wasn't quite so oversized. Sometimes, less is more.
Pros: Affordable, not too noisy, seems functional.
Cons: This thing is huge. I couldn't reinstall my power supply since there is no longer any room for it. I have a Mirco-ATX form factor motherboard. I had to leave the power supply sitting in the bottom of my case.
Pros: Pretty solid and well made. Good temps, but haven't tried OC'ing yet..
Cons: It's a large heatsink and might rub against your memory. Installing in an AMD system was a pain, instructions not very helpful. The thermal paste seemed to dry a little too quickly before you could put on the heatsink. Did this three times before I was happy.