Summary: Seemed like a good little cooler, unfortunately a part was missing. Returned to newegg for refund. I was very impressed with the stock intel cooler so I will be sticking with it for the time being.
Pros: This thing was on a good sale after rebate, so I picked it up.
Cons: Unfortunately it came missing a piece of hardware required to mount it. Also the fan is very loud and cheap. (but for this price what do you expect)
Summary: As others have said, if this is to be used for AMD, as it was designed, Cooler Master really dropped the ball. I bought this thinking it would be enough of an upgrade to allow me to activate turbo core. It DOES NOT provide enough cooling for that.
Pros: Keeps my AMD A8 within thermal spec. Easily clips onto stock AMD cooler clipping points.
Cons: The fan is OK at best. The cooler material is VERY thin and come of the fins appeared warped. The block is ever so slightly smaller than my A8 so it barely doesn't fit the APU. It overhangs 2-3 RAM slots, so low profile heat spreaders or non-heat spreader RAM is needed.
Summary: It still kept the CPU cool for a while even thought the fan was blowing air upwards because that's the only way this sink would fit on my MB. Better off buying an Hyper EVO 212
Pros: Great form factor. Keeps temps cool. Quiet.
Cons: Does not fit onto my Asus P8 Z77-V LK the right way. The only way this heat sink will fit onto my MB is vertically. The blue metal pieces on the MB and the ram is preventing me from installing the part that mounts the heat sink onto the motherboard. My cpu started heating up more than usual after...
Summary: This heatsink would have been great - at $15. It is mediocre at $25, many products do the same thing in the same approx price range +/- $5. That being said, it is pretty disappointing at $34, the cost of the heatsink with a new fan. If I had to do this again, I'd prob just get a cryorig h7.
Pros: AM3 snaps right in. Overhangs 2 ram slots if you have 4 sockets, which is fine for standard ram without massive heatsinks (it fits over my corsair xms3 just fine). Only mounts horizontally for upward mount. I have this on an unlocked phenom ii to x4 (~140w tdp), and even transcoding through plex ...
Cons: The rebate - 2 months+ and still "processing", helpdesk associate has no eta. The fan - sleeve fans dont like to be mounted horizontally. the official specs say its rifle bearing, but mine started to make the death squeal of borked sleeve fans about three weeks in. has since been replaced with an...
Summary: I originally intended to replace my aging tx3, as its real difficult to find decent 92mm fans with good static pressure vs silence. Ultimately it seemed easier to just get a bigger HS. Was expecting better deal.
Pros: AM3, snaps right in. Only vents upward. Mounted inside an enermax ostrog, plenty of width, and upventing actually works favorably for convection. Tighter fin density actually puts it in the same ballpark only slightly worse than a 212 evo in push. Fitted over an unlocked phenom ii into quad, runn...
Cons: The rebate - has been listed as "processing" for over two months now. I'm not holding my breath. The helpdesk wasn't able to give me any info on when I can expect my rebate. This is a mediocre cooler at $25, it would have been great at $15. Fan rattle - looks like a regular CM sleeve fan, but hor...
Pros: Cooling is great. I put together a little budget gaming computer and this cooler did great in keeping the G3258 cool. I want to say I saw a drop of at least 10C degrees. Also they honored the rebate and it arrived in my mail box roughly 2.5 months after purchase.
Cons: Bulky, but that was expected. The mounting was an issue, however, forcing me to use ram sticks that didn't have the heatsinks on them. If you're going to use this cooler, make sure the mounting will not interfere with any other components like RAM.