Summary: Re-review. I was rather critical of this cooler, initially. Come to find out the flow on those rear chassis fans I had to move due to its size, was backwards. Once I switched those around, it started working a whole lot better.
Cons: It is very large. It caused me to have to move my rear chassis fans to the exterior of the case, and it blocks one of my RAM slots. Installation was more difficult than similar CPU coolers I've installed.
Summary: Seems like an awful lot of work to install and accommodate this thing, not to mention expense, for a rather disappointing result.
Pros: Looks very nice. Covers chipset as well.
Cons: Installation was rather difficult compared to other large CPU coolers I've installed in the past. It says its made for CPUs up to 200 Watts, yet it cannot keep my AMD-FX 8320 125 Watt processor cool under load at 4.2 GHz with only a 0.15 Volt increase. Under load it got hot enough to shut down. T...
Summary: I got this thing around christmas time but I really havent been putting that much stress on my cpu unless Im just playing a game or rendering and exporting a video. Even doing those things this cooler is not doing it's job. My cpu hit's the 70s when it;s only under 30% load. not cool Enermax
Pros: Massive. supposed to cool. ... but...
Cons: My CPU idles around 40 degrees celcius. That's horrible. My friend has his cpu overclocked to 4.4 Ghz and when he stress tests it on Prime95 (CPU Load 100%) he gets a maximum of 45 degrees celcius. and he has a crappier cooler than mine! On 100% load my cpu reaches temperatures up to 96 degrees c...
Summary: - The heatpipes block the first memory slot so make sure you have low profile memory or can run dual channel in slots 2 and 4. Some motherboards won't boot if the first slot is empty. I have low profile memory so it fits fine.
Pros: - Good cooling performance, my 2500K @ 4.4 ran 29C idle and 73C load with the stock cooler and Arctic Cooling MX-2, now it idles at 26C and 59C load with Arctic Cooling MX-2. - The downward airflow helps cool the VRM heatsinks.
Cons: - Fairly quiet, but still louder than I expected. The stock cooler is quieter than this unless I'm running Prime 95. - The directions could be a bit better, but it's easy to install.
Summary: I am pretty impressed and happy with this cooler for my needs. With my stock Intel cooler with MX4 I was seeing temps rendering HD video 76C-81C. With this cooler with MX4 I am now seeing 57C -61C rendering the same HD video. Idle temps dropped 4-7C.
Pros: Dropped idle temps by 4-7C depending on the core.. Dropped my video rending temps by aorund 20C! Its pretty quiet but you can hear it but not loud or bad at all imo and is one of the reason I bought it. I didn't want a loud cooler (or tower cooler) and this cooler is working great great for me im...
Summary: Immediate drop of 10 C. over my previous very respectable cooler, using Arctic Silver 5, even on a very low BIOS fan speed setting! You have to install a proprietary back plate, which means pulling everything out of the case. The cooler is anchored with screws from the back.
Pros: Very effective, good build quality, nice appearance, reasonable price, quiet.