Summary: The install instructions were really vague and confusing because it just shows a picture of the backplate and the mounting holes were akward. i had to google the socket just to make sure i was installing it properly.
Pros: Keeps cpu under 35C on idle Has great airflow Quiet Ascetically pleasing
Cons: Really big, can barely fit in my case Install instructions are minimal and frustrating heavy
Summary: I'd suggest purchasing the motherboard, measuring the available volume around and above the CPU and then purchasing this product if you have a micro ATX motherboard. On an ATX board it will fit just fine.
Pros: The fan is easy to install, instructions are clear and it looks like it is doing its job well. This fan is being used with a i7 5820K 6C CPU and the processor idles at ~30 degrees C (25 C is the ambient). Have not yet tried it under load and will update the review accordingly.
Cons: Big. Probably needed to do the job but yeah, it is pretty big. Also, unlike one reviewer said, it DOES fit on our micro ATX motherboard (EVGA X99 micro). HOWEVER, the first PCIe slot is blocked by the heatsink. The motherboard has a second x16 so it works out. However, if someone gets a different motherboard, it is very possible that it might not fit. Oh, it also barely clears the DDR4 DIMMs (by about 1.3 mm).
Summary: Make sure your case is wide enough before buying this thing. I attached this to an Intel 5960X that will be used in a rig dedicated to rendering and video editing. I was only able to reach an overclock 3.4-3.6Ghz. Any more would put temps too high under stress tests. Perhaps adding a fan will get you to 4.0Ghz but at that point you should kick yourself and say, "Why didn't I buy a water cooler to begin with?
Pros: Economical, Works well for an air cooler.
Cons: Is unwieldy, be careful not to stress your MB when attaching it to the CPU and later to your box. If you are buying a new Haswell CPU and hope to OC much, buy a water cooled system instead they run HOT. I did not plan on extreme overclocking so this solution was fine.
Summary: This is a big cooler in length and depth, but it is also surprisingly squat and not overly tall, so this cooler is a great choice for powerful, compact builds. Just be sure to do some measuring before you purchase and keep all of your shipping materials when you receive it in case it doesn't fit and you have to return it. If you can manage to plan and fit it in your case though, this is probably one of the best air coolers I've ever used and seen.
Pros: Amazing! - Beastly air cooling - Some of the lowest air temps I've ever seen. I'm getting better temps on this than I did with a big Spire Thermax heatsink. I don't know how or why, but I am. - Solid construction - Great quality fan - very quiet on the lower fan RPM's - Comes with separate thermal grease that isn't pre-applied so you don't have to clean off the heatsink if you want to use your own Arctic Silver.
Cons: The edges are sharp and can be crushed if you aren't careful! This can also be tricky to install. On my motherboard specifically, with the orientation of the heatsink/fan I needed to use to vent air out of the back of the case, the fan had to be on the memory slot side of the CPU socket. Although everything fit just fine, it was a very tight fit. I had to remove the memory sticks (Ripjaws), attach the heatsink, then put the memory back in. If the fan was 1mm deeper, m...
Summary: TIM: some old Arctic Silver Ceramique CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1225V3 Case: Fractal Design Define R4
Pros: It's super quiet, and runs way cooler than the stock Intel cooler. My CPU idles a little under 30 deg C in good weather, and maxes out under 60 deg C under heavy load. Either way, I don't hear the fan. Also, although it's a pain to get on, I'm fairly certain the mounting system would survive many more installation cycles than the plastic Intel uses.
Cons: Getting the back mounting bracket on was a real pain, and I needed someone else to help me. It is very large; I would not recommend trying to install this in a case that isn't designed for this style of heat sink. Specifically, the motherboard tray cut-out behind the CPU socket on my case was essential.
Summary: Don't let the size scare you off, this is a great product, but keep in mind that for $10 more you can snag an entry level liquid cooling system.
Pros: Keeps my CPU frosty, probably the next best thing before liquid.
Cons: You can obviously read the dimensions, but that doesn't really do this beast justice, its like the hulk of heatsinks. I knew it would fit in my case (with about 1/8th inch to spare) but what i didnt count on is it hanging over my RAM, I got lucky that my RAM was relatively low profile, but if it wasnt I would have had to jerry rig the fan to the other side facing the wrong way.
Summary: Less mobo sag then you would think for its size
Pros: Nice quiet fan, even on an OC'd APU under heavy load,. and with my rear exhaust fan directly in line with the cooler, my Idle tempurature is 0C, with my max load (AC4, Everything at max) being around 60C
Cons: As other reviews stated, it is BIG, barely fit in my case, maybe a 1/8 of an inch of clearance.
Pros: Very quiet and very efficient in keeping the CPU cool, provided you have a high air flow case. If you have a standard case, this CPU cooler is no different then any other and could even not be worth the money.
Cons: Without a high airflow case, this cooler is not worth the money or the size it consumes in the case. If you have a high air flow case it is a godsend for keeping your CPU cool with near zero noise.