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.
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
Summary: It's so quiet, it's difficult for me to tell when the computer is on now. It does fit in a mini-itx, but heads-up: depending on your specific motherboard and case (bitfenix prodigy for me), you'll have to have the fan a few notches higher than usual to give clearance for the memory.
Summary: Without the "Anti Vibration" Strips it doesn't really vibrate, and it stays REALLY cool with only ONE fan, so I imagine you'll get even better cooling with the 2 fans on, my motherboard could only support 3 fans, (Including the CPU fan and the fans already in the case) So I couldn't use the 2 fans,...
Pros: Upgrade from Normal Intel CPU Cooler to this cooler, it's amazing! - It comes with 2 fans - You have the option to mount only 1 fan - Is compatible with the most popular LGA slots (1150, 1155, etc. etc.) - Never seen my CPU go above 50C under heavy load, with ONE fan, imagine 2. - The heat sink i...
Cons: Just some little complaints, - It came with anti vibration strips which I didn't really know how to place them, and the instructions didn't really say how to put them on, so I didn't. - The fans are not controllable, they only use 3 pins instead of 4 so it doesn't let you customize the fan settings.