Summary: Mixed feeling on this one, I found it a little difficult to get mounting into my case especially up at the top rear corner. I did end up trashing it eventually because it was a hastle to take out and put back in.
Summary: This fan outperforms its' price tag. It's a solid design that runs efficiently and quietly. I used a LGA 775 specific model of this fan for 3 years in a gaming PC and it worked great. I only had to replace it because I let dust build up in the case. As a note to that, don't buy this fan as a replacement unless you are willing to take your motherboard out of the case. Great for an initial build on a budget.
Summary: First off, don't be intimidated by the installation process. It looks complicated, but if you read the instructions first and use all the parts included then it becomes very simple. Yes, you must remove the motherboard to mount the bottom bracket. But this was a new build, so the motherboard was already off for me. It's not that hard to take off your motherboard, just tedious, but let's not be lazy folks, some things take a little effort.
Summary: Great bang for the buck. Using it with a Q9550 quad core and running windows 8 developer preview and it's keeps the core temp at 37c. So I'm happy, I'm going to overclock so we'll see how it handles that.
Summary: Had the older version of this CPU fan and it lasted 3 years before the bearings went and it started making a cricket noise. Decided to get the same one because I knew it would fit and I'm probably going to rebuild in less than 3 years anyway. Overall for the price this is a great fan, keeps cpu cool and it's quiet.
Summary: worked great for me and in a case that would not fit a 120mm fan and heat sink. It was a little noisy and I ordered a nactua fan to quiet it down. was bench testing it and on ;the board it was quiet. by the time the new fan came it was running very quiet. Im running at 86f on boot up. So it is doing the job for a small single fan cooler. It should take a reasonable amount of oc. I dont know if id want to take it up 30%.
Summary: I installed this a couple of days ago. The backplate portion of the installation was terrifying, but isn't actually difficult. The cooler's low profile means it fits perfectly in my HTPC case, which was why I bought it instead of a more critically lauded one. Temperature runs 15-20c cooler than stock both while idle and while gaming. Ranges used to be 50-60 idle and 70-80 gaming, now they are 35-40 idle and 50-60 gaming. Definite improvement.
Summary: When I first opened the box I was struck with the light weight of this item. When the system was first turned on all seemed well but then within a couple of minutes I started to get all sorts of crazy errors that didn't make sense to me (files locked, system hdd full, like that). Rebooted into BIOS and looked at CPU temp and it was way high. When I took the cooler off of the CPU I noticed that there was a 2 cm spot in the center without heat transfer on it.