Summary: I got this because I wanted to put my old Q6600 in a miniATX HTPC case (Silverstone MILO) My existing Arctic Cooling Freezer Pro wouldn't fit and niether would most other fans I had. Stock intel BARELY fit but didn't leave room for cabling. To me the benefits of the low profile are well worth the increase in noise at times.
Pros: Best low profile fan I've found for high TDP processors. Responsive, throttles up and down smoothly.
Cons: It'll get loud when it needs to. At 5000 RPM it sounds like a turbine, but that's to be expected. If you've ever worked with a server fan before you know you trade low-profile for noise and due to it's small footprint it's got to throttle up when the heat comes on. That said, at full load on my Q6600 using Y-Cruncher 1B the fan never gets above 3800RPM (75% workload) and the CPU never gets above 53C. Good news is, rarely is it cranking that hard so on average it's bee...
Pros: I used this heat sink for a case mod project I was doing where I had very limited vertical room. I put this cooler on a micro itx board and had no problems with the installation. When all was said and done the top of the heat sink is level with the top of the RAM. I could not be more pleased with the size and the cooling power of this heat sink. It keeps my Q6600 quad core at a 32C and about 55C under load. Very good considering the lack of airflow and open space in m...
Summary: If you buy them, put it on the processor as if it was a final assembly with all screws correctly tighten. Then take it out to check teh paste. If the remaining paste over the processor is not evenly spread and very thin, I would RMA the heatsink, as it will not work as it should.
Pros: Good, when it's well made. Small, solid, reasonably priced and cools down a E8400 much better than the Intel stock.
Cons: Dynatron needs to enhance their quality control system as I got the last two heatsinks with a uneven surface.
Summary: For anyone who has had to use a retail fan you know the problem with pushpins. For a fan that will keep my Intel 8400 cool you want get a better fan then this one which runs a 30c under load. Like always Ewiz is quick to deliver.
Summary: When installing this heatsink in a 1U server, the installation is a little different from a normal stock heatsink. There are no manual or instructions on the Dynatron website, however if you call their tech support they will be able to help. I learned that when installing this heatsink, you pickup the motherboard and place the provided plate / bracket underneath the motherboard (so it is between the motherboard and the bottom of your case) and match the screw holes up...
Pros: Excellent active heatsink for 1U server use. It is the only active heatsink available from Dynatron for 1U server use. They also have two passive heatsinks available as well.