Summary: I am going to assume this is a good cooler. The reason being that I could not install it on my motherboard. I had an Intel Viiv chip that used a socket 775. This one of the socket sets that DO require you to remove the motherboard and install the backplate.
Summary: This product is bigger than I thought it would be. Takes up RAM 2 slots on my ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 so I wasn't able to use dual channel but that's fine. It's really quiet, I can barely hear any sounds form it but the temps are great! Using hwmonitor to read temps.
It works well, provided you can get the blasted thing ON, and keep it there.
Snowcone Enthusiast, Amazon
19 February 2015
Summary: While I certainly love the fact that it's taken care of my cpu, I've had many annoyances with it. Frankly, getting it onto my cpu was the most annoying bit of computer assembly I've ever experienced, and I've done quite a bit of this sort of tinkering at this point.
Summary: It keeps my FX-8350 @ 4.4Ghz below 48°C even under heavy load (ambient temp is 70°F-73°F) best part about it is the price and you get plenty of cooling for stock and minor OC. if your gonna be doing major Overclocking your gonna go with liquid cooling anyways, so this is your best bet with air...
Replace Intel heatsink on an EVGA motherboard? Nope.
30 January 2015
Summary: I bought a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO four years ago and couldn't use it on my computer, namely because it required the installation of a backplate. Not only is my backplate blocked by a Cooler Master *case*, it is welded onto the motherboard.
If your RAM is right next to your CPU like mine is
Stephanie Anglemyer, Amazon
28 January 2015
Summary: As mentioned in other comments, this thing is ENORMOUS. If your RAM is right next to your CPU like mine is, you will likely have to move the sticks as far away as possible. That said, installation was very easy (Socket AM3+). Looks like this one's a keeper!
Summary: The hyper 212 would not fit in my case so i tried this one. Works great, keeps my fx6300 under 50C almost always. It was pretty easy to install on an Amd socket, Intel looks a bit more complicated but i think anyone could do it by following the instructions.
Summary: Great cooler, super easy installation on an AMD 3+, just clips in place. Don't waste your time removing the motherboard like I did. Fan position is 90 degs from the heat sink mounting tabs. Set mine to blow toward the top of the case and in to the 120 mm case and PSU exhaust fans.
Summary: I had previously purchased the EVO 212 for my 1st Gen i7 LGA-1156, but the darn thing with its spring mount system wouldn't seat properly. This, however installed in 15 minutes with a much more solid mounting solution and brought my temps from 80+ down to an average of 40.