Summary: I'd like to get this to work but ... maybe I should have gotten the processor with the stock fan.
Pros: It did fit in my Gigabyte Board which has the memory slots close to the cpu socket. Looks nice.
Cons: My case has no cutout behind the cpu socket so to instal & remove this cooler means pulling the MB. Ugh! Well I've tried this cooler twice now and if you run a load test one of the four processors jumps to over 60C pretty quickly. Forget about any sort of overcloking. This is an AMD Phenom II x4 ...
Great cooler, great price, instructions a bit hard to read.
William M., Newegg
28 January 2013
Summary: Need a larger case to fit this big boy. Instantly took 8c off my idle temps, and 14c of my load temps. Would absolutely recommend!
Pros: Big, tons of heat pipes, PWM fan, great build quality and a brand you can trust.
Cons: The instructions are very vague as to what brackets go to which socket. Fiddled for 15 minutes just to figure out the correct ones for my AM3+ setup. Not worth docking an Egg, just be ready for this when you install.
Summary: This was my first PC build, so keep in mind my tech knowledge is somewhat low compared to others. Even with my lack of knowledge, this cooler was still easy to setup and install. It did take awhile to get it in place and to get everything installed, but once the brackets are on, it's easy as pie.
Pros: Keeps the CPU very cool Easy to install (see other thoughts) Doesn't looks terribly ugly
Cons: Directions are very confusing. Might be difficult for first time builders.
Summary: This thing is HUGE I honestly didn't think it was going to fit in my HAF932, but it did, and I am glad it did, my CPU runs so much cooler now. the shipping was very fast despite the snow on the ground. Got to hand it to Newegg and UPS. They know what they're doing.
Pros: Cools great, fan's silent, and a lot of copper
Cons: A HUGE pain in the rear to install. I had to get a second pair of hands to install this thing. It was far harder to install than it should have been. but not enough to dock an egg off for.
Summary: Mounted on an AM3 955BE @ 3.7GHz (1.34v) using Arctic Alumina. Installation is not difficult although completely removing your mobo will obviously be inconvenient. Max temp in Prime95 was 51C (plateaued at 50C) with ambient temps of ~20C. Currently idling @ 35C with Cool-n-Quiet disabled.
Pros: Significant temperature difference versus stock coolers. Significant noise reduction thanks to 120mm fan. The stock fan was driving me nuts.
Cons: Installation requires you to remove the entire motherboard regardless of your case/tray. According to speedfan at ~1980 RPM there is a noise emitted by the fan (bearing issue maybe) so I run it 5% slower to avoid that.
Summary: This heat sink does what it does extremely well. I installed a second fan to the fins and i have no heat on my CPU. I did have to remove my side fan, but thats ok since side panel fans can mess up air flow. Take special note whether your case can fit this heatsink though as it is VERY large.
Pros: Excellent cooling especially if you have a second fan installed
Cons: VERY big. Prolly wont fit in most mid tower cases unless the case is made for large heatsinks.
Summary: I see some people saying it is defective, however I would have to say that it is user error. There is no problem with ram clearance. I have G.Skill ripjaws ram and there was about a quarter inch of clearance. Also You can move the fan higher or lower on the heatsink if you need to.
Pros: Better cooling than my previous corsair h50. I have a FX-8120 and I have a nice 4GHz overclock with this and the fans set to low. It idles around 26~27c and the temps max around 55c. The stock fan is actually pretty good. I have it running on "silent mode" in my bios and I still get great temps.
Cons: I hate the mounting. It is not that hard but you are forced to hold the cooler over the cpu with thermal paste on and flip it all over to screw in the back plate from the bottom.
Summary: My build: ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0 AM3+ AMD 990FX Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 EVGA Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 v2 Cooler Master Hyper 612 PWM Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB Thermaltake Toughpower XT TPX-675M 675W
Pros: So I got this on another site because it was an amazing price at the time. Looked right past the Hyper 212. This thing cools like its no ones business. My Zambezi 4170 4.3GHz temps are so low its crazy. As I'm typing this I have multiple taps open, music going, skype and some other programs runni...