Summary: So I spent the weekend diddling with this thing. The design of it is just wonky if you ask me. I sort of knew it going it but I impulse bought it anyway. If you watch a video on it (there's a pretty good one on youtube) you'll see it has some sort of see saw latch that goes across the big huge medal grill. And it is super tight next to your components.
Summary: If you need a cooler that is similar to the Hyper 212 Evo but just a hair shorter, this is what you want. It just barely squeezed into my Fractal Design Core 1000 case. The price was right, it cools great, and it is very quiet. It is also surprisingly light. The fins do look a little bit low-budget if you look really hard at them, but I don't really care. It DOES fit an 1150 socket, even though the documentation doesn't say so.
Summary: super easy install on m5a99x (connects to stock clips on mobo) keeps my fx8350 about 20deg lower than the stock cooler when idle even with a slight overclock from 4.0ghz to 4.2ghz. At full load it is still about 10-15 degrees cooler (at full load it was around 56 before installing and now its about 44) just make sure you use a good thermal compound like arctic silver 5.
Summary: I don't know if this is a good cooler honestly, I have a 212 EVO which is awesome. I got this for our core2quad, LGA 775. This product claims to be 775 compatible, but the clip is way too long, there is no way to make it fit. This caused me hours of frustration. Currently this cooler is sitting in a box somewhere in my house, and our core2quad is using a hyper 212 EVO which is working very very well.
Summary: Just replaced my retail heat sync and fan that came with my i7 950 CPU, with this monstrosity. Installation is not for the feignt of heart; requiring removal of motherboard from chassis and delicate work around CPU and ram. However, any hobbiest or enthusiast should find installation a breeze. I do feel the installation hardware and retention mechanism are of a better quality than the i7 950 retail hardware.
Summary: Functions as intended, more or less. My cpu never hits above 60 degrees no matter what, but I had one glaring problem with this cooler. It is required to face upward, and takes up a lot of case space. Not a problem in itself, but it also blocked me from using half of my ram slots with my current ram (low profile still fits). Still, good for the price.
Summary: Really good cpu cooler, first time installing a cpu cooler (it took about 30minutes). Fan is really quiet and temps are low. Idle is around 34 c and is 50 c full load. But it's very frustrating that the installation took a long time and was really annoying.
I'm pretty impressed, I got a AMD FX 8320 overclocked ...
Eugene Brunt, Amazon
23 August 2014
Summary: I'm pretty impressed, I got a AMD FX 8320 overclocked at 4100 mhz....Playing ESO and GW2 temp is only reaching 45c....yes it comes with thermal paste, and yes it was easy to install, its easier to install taking the fan off first then snapping it back on.
Summary: Ok so I will post the fact that i love this fan and the install was a breeze on an asus motherboard for an AMD 8 core am3+ socket. that being said the fan is so much better than the stock fan especially with noise, almost no noise at all at 100 percent use. Heres my test results using fan xpert.