Summary: I built my very first computer myself and used this for my heat sink. I'm not sure what rating to give it honestly. I wanted to give it a 3 but decided on a 4 to be fair (ie. I'm not competent enough to truly rate it). So why am I giving it a 4 other than my lack of knowledge?
Summary: I saw alot of praise for this cooler, and promptly bought it after improper processor replacements caused my previous processor to be bent, after overheating issues. It got here, and after I installed the mounting system, I noticed a few things about this you may want to consider before you purchase...
Summary: I bought this fan for one main reason and that was the decibel level. I seen that this was rated among one of lowest db for a fan CPU. They were right, this thing is completely SILENT. Even on heavy CPU usage (running VMs and games simultaneously) this runs cool and silent.
Summary: If you want a cheap cooler that will do the job and is quiet then get this thing. If you are a nut for better cooling, i would also suggest looking into noctuas larger coolers and i promise you wont be disappointed.
Pros: Compact compared to 120 coolers, awesome noctua colors (a little sarcasm but you can at least say you have one of the best air cooling brands on the market). Keeps my 1150 i5 around 30 degrees at 3.8ghz when im servicing my pcs water cooling loop. This is usually in my home theater pc and is awes...
Cons: I really have none. Some people might dislike the colors, but i say they are scrubs and dont understand that noctuas are the choice for air cooling
Summary: Newegg delivered very quickly. Very happy with the Service.
Pros: Knocked 40 Degrees Celcius off my CPU temps when video processing. Easy installation. Very,very quiet using both fans, there is the option to use only one. Comes with the thermal paste which saves buying it separate. Easy installation , no problems, the directions are super easy to understand.
Cons: it's a bit smaller in person and orientation on AMD is limited to vertical only.. so you'll be blowing the hot air up.. (theoretically sucking in hot gpu air) or you could blow air down using the top as intake (think htpc) now it's the side. never my preferred mounting orientation, I prefer to ex...
Summary: Locking mechanism may interfere with your RAM on mini ITX build. Plan ahead. One fan IS enough for non OC To be fair, the stock intel cooler also make a similar clicking noise, but I didn't pay extra to get the same quality.
Pros: Heatsink is very high quality and has very high performance CPU runs cool even under stress test
Cons: Not a fan of the 2 fans come with it. It's not PWM fan to start with, and it makes a noticeable but slight click noise. It's not loud but the nature of the sound is annoying.
Pros: Really nice it fits my LGA 1150 socket no issues what so ever, easy instructions, easy install. CPU temperature at max load for my i5 is 55C which is really nice to see after using the stock cooler for so long.
Summary: For mITX build, the cooler is very likely to get in the way of RAM. Installing only 1 fan would fix this issue. Or install it in another direction. I had no problem running just 1 fan, even quieter.
Pros: Keeps CPU cool. about 30C on idle, 40C ish on load, Never break 50 for me.
Cons: it's big so make sure you plan your layout well