Summary: I probably won't be buying another one of these on my next build. It's okay for the time being, though.
Pros: Pair this with Arctic Silver Thermal Compound, and it's decent. It keeps the CPU cool. Once installed (see below), I haven't had to mess with it, other than blowing out the dust bunnies periodically.
Cons: It's pretty loud (in an airflow kind of way) if you have nothing else making noise in the room. Fortunately for me, the TV is nearly always on and other noises are present. It's also pretty big, and I had a little trouble getting it mounted on the CPU and mobo correctly.
Summary: If your looking to overclock, I wouldn't recommend this Heatsink over others, but for the price its a GREAT one.
Pros: This heatsink can manage itself pretty well, idle time stays at a constant 31C and around 65C during load, that is the highest I've seen my CPU get too. Overall its a great heatsink that gets the job done whether your gaming or not.
Cons: Can be tricky for some too install, bearings are a wee bit short but not enough to deduct an egg.
Cons: I've had this cooler just over 2 years and the fan just quit on me. I emailed Masscool asking if I could purchase a replacement fan and they just told me to buy a new cooler. Yeah no thanks. I think 2 years is a little short of a life span but I guess if you don't go ahead and buy one. I did find...
Pros: Probably works great if you can hire someone to hold it in place for you
Cons: I got this based on its similar design to the last Masscool cooler I got, which worked reasonably well. With the assumption that this thing would actually do its job, I had no qualms about taking out my motherboard to install it -- I'd rather do that than deal with those push-pins and rickety pla...
Summary: If it won't fit all 1366 boards (mine isn't special or anything), then it's not designed for socket 1366 and shouldn't be advertised as being so.
Pros: I actually got the thing onto my board on my socket 1366.
Cons: The standoffs provided are too short to actually work correctly with my MSI socket 1366 board, I had to use other screws and just put it on with screws and nuts. It was really a hassle and it doesn't feel secure.
A friend of mine said it looked like a skyscraper in my computer
nick r., Newegg
30 October 2012
Summary: Based on reviews here this heatsink drops the temperature of pretty much any processor, I purchased this item on a whim when I built my new rig. I sometimes have issues with heat based on airflow in my house. With this heatsink combined with an Antec 900 case has had incredible results.
Pros: Runs my i5 ice cold Not really loud
Cons: Installation wasn't that easy, it took me quite a while to get the bracket mounted on my motherboard. Although this was my first time using a fan that required a bracket so I did take my time rather than rush.
Summary: This was about the only cooler I could find that would fit in my case and be an improvement over stock. Install was no problem and it works well. I recommend this to anyone who has space limitations in there case and needs to upgrade the CPU cooler.
Pros: fits in an Apevia X-master case on a Gigabyte GA-G31M-ES2C board with no problems. Dropped temps on E8200 12 degrees at idle and whole bunch more when loaded over stock cooler' and Arctic Silver paste hasn't even cured yet. Temps are now not worrying me every time I use my HTPC. Temps went from m...
Cons: Mine didn't sit flat and base needed to be lapped. Perfectly flat in one direction and wavy as heck in second direction. Had a noticeable rock when set on chip before lapping. Might not be a problem but I always check and, if to bad, lap coolers just in case.