Excellent cooler, but doesn't work well with "tall" memory DIMMS
Cary B., Newegg
21 March 2015
Summary: I really wish that they made a version which was about 1/2" TALLER, to clear the DIMM slots entirely. I have a full 1-1/4" between the top of my (full size) HTPC case and the topmost elements of this cooler.
Pros: This is a very, very quiet, very, very effective cooler, and it's short enough to go into my Zalman HD160XT home theater PC case (with both fans installed on the cooler) with room to spare (which is better than my old system in that case could claim, as I struggled to find a good cooler which wou...
Cons: The cons are simply this... the device's finned region overhangs the inner four memory slots on my Asus X99 Deluxe motherboard, and my Dominator DDR4 memory DIMM are too tall to occupy those slots unless I disassemble the heat spreader plates from those DIMMs. ("Plain vanilla" DIMMs without heat ...
Summary: For a low profile cpu cooler, it's almost perfect but pretty large. I have installed this heat sink onto an Asrock mini itx board and have encountered spacing issues. The lower fan must be moved slightly in order to fit in alongside with the RAM, even if the RAM is low profile.
Summary: I've been looking for a quality low profile cooler and thought this would fit the bill. It definitely beats the stock cooler without question, however for anyone with an FX8xxx series processor I can't recommend this cooler.
Pros: Nicely designed, quiet, comes with thermal paste along with all the mounting hardware you could ever possibly need. Very low profile in single fan mode.
Cons: Stay away if you have a 120W TDP Processor!!!! If you check the manufacturers website they tell you that you can only use this with a 120W TDP AMD processor if you have good case flow! And the single fan operation mode won't work at all! I found this out the hard way when trying to run single fan...
Pros: Runs quiet, CPU (i5 3570k) is in the 20s to low 30s idle and around 40 under load on Borderlands 2, Planetside 2, Skyrim type games. Instructions for three socket types, were relatively easy to follow, might be a bit difficult for a first build - but youtube has plenty of content if need be.
Cons: Large with both fans installed, had to remove cooling fins from 2 ram chips, but no issues with motherboard temp have resulted.
Cons: Running Prime95 at stock yields 60c. That's a little high IMO, but there are many factors to consider like my case and it's size (even though that's what this cooler is intended to be installed in)
Summary: PC Specs: Lian Li PC-V352b ASUS P8Z77-M Corsair Vengeance Low Profile DDR3 1600 16gb (4x4) Corsair Professional 650 Modular PSU EVGA GT 640 SC ASUS Xonar Essence ST
Pros: Quiet Fits the heatsink and both fans in my Micro-ATX Box (Lian Li PC-V352B) Cools my i5 3570k at 29-30C everything stock and idle 40C load with a closed up case
Cons: Corsair Vengeance (non-low-pro) does not fit under the cooler. Would like to have one that IS powerful enough at this size for overclocking, although I haven't tried simply because the manufacturer states it isn't designed for it.