Summary: Used in a HTPC build with Gigabyte Micro board. It has been in use for 2 weeks and CPU temps are 24C at idle. Full loads at 48C. With board control I don't think the fan is noisy at all. Unless your going to put right next to your ear. Inside my Silverstone case you can't even hear it.
Summary: Had this for 3 days now and its doin a great job, cpu heat went down from 59 C to 37 C. Just be carefull on install, you have to find right direction before you lock it down. My games and overall pc is doin alot better.
Summary: Works fine with my Intel LGA1156 cpu. Had an assembly problem when the single clamping screw thread stripped while tightening. Had to re-tap the thread for a larger screw. Not the best design for holding the cooler against the cpu.
Summary: My home server kept overheating and shutting down when encoding HD video using handbrake. (4TB Raid 5, Athlon II x4 640 quad core 3.0 ghz). That is until I got my new vortex plus CPU cooler. No more over heating, cpu runs 15 degrees (Celsius) cooler , and the fan is extremely quiet. HIGHLY recommend!
Summary: This is certainly not the Cadillac of coolers, but for $15 it was a great deal. I am actually quite pleased with it. I am running an Intel Core2Quad Q6700 (not overclocked) and the idle temps average around 32-37 degrees Celsius, which is better than the mid-40's that I was getting with the stock cooler. Noise level is not bad either. Definitely worth it if you need a decent cooler and are on a tight budget.
Summary: If this isn't the CPU cooler I bought two years ago for my system rebuild, it's practically identical. Processor is an AMD Phenom X3, moboard is a Gigabyte GA-MA74GM-S2 using DDR2 memory. The fan keeps the processor temperature controlled at 74-80 deg F practically all the time with enough air moving to keep the memory and the onboard chip set ventilated with very little noise doing it. Suggestion: Test fit first!