Summary: I originally planned to give this product 4 stars (minus one for troublesome installation.) But after about a week of use, the fan started making this awful rattling noise, leaving me no choice but to buy a replacement. It's been another week since I've replaced the fan and so far so good. Keeps my CPU incredibly cool. 13 C on idle and about 30-40 on full usage. Have yet to see it surpass 48 C, so the cooler does an excellent job of keeping my CPU cool.
Summary: That's about all I can tell you about it. Ordered a barebones kit with a Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P and the standoffs that come with the Hyper 212 won't fit the motherboard. Because this thing is so big, you have to build a foundation to support it and the standoff height determines where the cooler sits ( or doesn't sit ) on the processor. Guess I'll use the stock cooler and have a really cool paper weight.
Summary: This cooler keeps a Xeon E5-2620 (95W TDP) reasonably cool (though not as cool as I would have hoped). I would have considered giving it four stars, but there were other issues. The fan vibrates noticeably even at low RPMs (I can feel it if I touch the system board or the heatsink). I don't know what this would do to my system board over time, but these LGA 'sockets' are infamously delicate, and inducing vibration like that makes me worry.
Summary: This is an impressive cooler with a large fan that produces relatively quiet air flow. However, it is quite tall (almost 6.5 inches) and for me that was about 1/4 inch too tall to fit into my tower case. Just be aware of this and be sure you have sufficient height (or width for towers) so that the cooler fits comfortably.
Summary: This cooler is well made and packaged nicely, but attaching it to a 2011 socket is a nightmare. The installation instructions are written to be understood by so many cultures they really need to "studied" carefully to get anything from them. Nothing seems to be in any kind of order and it's extremely easy to miss something. When installing on a 2011 socket, the fan keeps falling out of the hold-down.
Summary: I had this in my old AMD system, it works, decently, installation is a bit cumber son, quality is lack luster, the fan mounting solution is bad, and damages the fins, the fan I had failed within a month, the fan is also very loud. for the price, I would not recommend this cooler, enermax makes some excellent coolers for the same price.
Will do the job keeping the CPU cool when overclocking
Jeffrey Pillon, Amazon
21 October 2014
Summary: PRO's: Definitely keeps the CPU cooler then a stock fan. Will do the job keeping the CPU cool when overclocking. CON's: Sticks out too far. Would not buy it again because of that. Had to modify my AZZA Solano 1000 CSAZ-1000 Full Tower Case to make it fit.