Summary: As far as performance goes, I would recommend this cooler in a heart beat. As to the installation, easy enough but you must have a bit of patience and I would very much suggest doing a dry fit before you take off the protective plastic and/or apply Thermal Paste.
Pros: Super fast shipping. I rip on Purolator many times, with minor annoyance, the shipping time was ridiculously fast. I just wish Purolator actually used their tracking much more efficient. The Cooler itself is working awesome. Dropped temps by at least 10Degree C. Very quiet to boot.
Cons: I run an AMD setup and as such, this Cooler is NOT truly made for or designed for the AMD setup. There is just two ways for it to go on the M.B. and neither are towards the back of the PC. SO..I was left with the choice of aiming out put through the top of the PC or not. Obviously, I went that ro...
Pros: - Good if you're limited on case size. - My case has enough airflow that this cooler can be passively cooled just fine, though I'll still have fans attached because I prefer lower temperatures. - 20 C idling on a good day in my room, 45-50 C under full load on my i5-3470 (though not uncommon to h...
Cons: Initial confusion with screws and placement led to an extra 20 minutes to install this. Basically, put it on and hope you don't need to move the screws to the next hole. Easy to do so, thankfully - just tedious.
Summary: For a replacement fan I got a Noctua NF-A9 PWM. I also never tried this on a AMD motherboard but I hear is a bit of a pickle to get it on.
Pros: The cooler setup is really nice. It has the clips like the normal intel stock coolers do, which I don't mind, just be careful to make sure they are lined up with the hole or they will bend and possibly snap.
Cons: The main thing is the fan that came with it. I can't get it to change speeds and after a while it now spins really slow. BUT credit where credit is due the cooler itself without the fan is keeping my Core 2 Quad Q9650 cool under moderate loads like skype or itunes (no extreme gaming, rendering, o...
Pros: Provides great cooling and is low noise. With my fan curve, it matches stock heatsink's performance while being nowhere near as loud.
Cons: Despite using mounts that should be identical to the intel stock cooler, the somewhat hefty heatsink makes it a bit of a pain to press and rotate them into place. Also, I cut my hands on the fins, so be careful. It was a general pain to install. But it was pretty worth it.