Summary: Had to bend the fins up on one side because of my corsair vengeance ram that isn't low profile and has heat sink fins that make it twice as high as standard ram. an oversight for the corsair in my opinion. also had to remove one corner of the fan cage to match the fins.
Summary: It keeps my processor very cool as long as you don't use the compound it comes with... I used that at first and it seemed to be running a little hot, then went out and bought arctic silver and it now keeps it a whole 10 degrees cooler.
Summary: I just upgraded an Intel OEM CPU cooler to this unit after previously installing a "ZALMAN Sz Cpu Cooler" on another machine. The ZALMAN was an easier install. The Corsair was more difficult, requiring a backplate install and the manual was lacking in detail. Also, the A50 only support 2000 RPM fan speed or 1600 RPM if you include the resistor cable.
Summary: My stock AMD Athlon II X3 445 heat sink got pretty inadequate when I was able to core unlock it to a Phenom II X4. Temperatures would easily go beyond 60C with prime95 and even with PWM control the 70mm fan was pretty squeaky at low speeds. The Athlon II stock heat sink solution has to be the worst I have ever seen!
Summary: I recently installed a Corsair A50 on a Phenom II 965 BE processor (3.4 ghz quad core). It was simple to install on the AM3 socket -- it includes a mounting bracket that simply clips the unit firmly into place against the microprocessor. After applying a thermal interface compound, it literally took me less than a minute to install the unit. However, the unit could be a bit better for the price. The flat surface that faces the processor isn't nearly flat.
Excerpt: Value for excellent heat pipe cooling. Availability. Size (which it requirements by design and style) (Intel i7-870 with Corsair A50 idle to launching several firefox windows temp variety: 31*C to 43*C)This is my very first non-stock CPU cooler. I had to locate one particular locally and couldn't locate any reviews. Mine may not be very beneficial.. but to those that can't locate anything else. Heat pipe coolers such as this do their job quite nicely.
Excerpt: This issue permitted me to overclock my AMD 1090T to four. GHz stable beneath 55 C at my 73 F area temperature. Uncomplicated Set up for AMD CPU's. It still utilizes the old 3 pin connector alternatively of the newer 4 pin, so I had to use a chassis fan connector. Since I only had 1, that was a bit of a difficulty for me.