Summary: Bought this fan several years ago when it used to be under $15...as I remember. Used it for my AMD 64 X4 9750B. Always had a problem in the summers even thought the fan was kept at full speed (where it is certainly not quiet), with CPU temps reaching 70 degs, till I found an app to bring down the voltage by 15%. Decided to change this fan for a Arctic Freezer 7 Pro Rev 2. That brought the temp down by 20 deg F, and is far quieter as it is PWM...and costs a mere $25.
Pros: Is quiet at the low end of the RPM. OK for dual core CPUs.
Cons: Does not cool a quad core sufficiently, and is too expensive for the kind of performance it puts out.
Cons: Great for low end CPUs but nothing over 4 cores. I am currently running AMD FX-8320 and it runs cool at 39C but only when idle. When I run any kind of CPU intensive program it runs well over 60C.
Summary: I shouldn't have to spend more money on my own paste for a NEW CPU Fan. It should work out of the box AS SPECIFIED. The person at Rosewill argued with me that it worked out of the box as specified. WRONG !!! It wouldn't even keep a X2 4200 under 70c which kept shutting down the machine it was in. Once I applied my own paste after cleaning theirs off, temps went down to 38c where they should be.
Pros: Copper Base, 92mm Fan.
Cons: Does NOT work properly out of the box. You MUST clean off their thermal patch and apply your own thermal paste/grease or expect a meltdown ! 3 pin fan but I knew that when I bought it.
Pros: When I purchased my first one, it was below $20 and was an easy snap in solution and upgrade to the stock AMD cooler. Efficient and did a noticeably better job...
Cons: Price has MORE then DOUBLED!! What in the world is up with that Rosewill!!?? I have always bragged on your products saying your quality and pricing cant be beat, but, I think I will have to recant at this point and look at other options. Its a VERY competitive world out there you know, and money is tight for some of us!
Pros: I have had this cooler for 8 years on a machine I custom built 8 years ago. It is one of the quietest coolers I have ever owned, still cant hear it running after all these years. Never had a second trouble out of it either. Fins are spaced apart enough for good airflow and easy cleaning. Its been sitting on a AMD Athlon 64 x2 5800 slightly overclocked and I have never removed it, still running like a champ and cools like a dream. If you are looking for a good long las...
Summary: Keeping a Phenom II X3 at 3.64 GHz(130% of stock speed) at ambient temp at idle/ambient +8-9 F at full load and the Ceramique has only been curing ~ 1 week. Granted this is in an HAF912 with 3 120mm's & 1 80mm. $ick-a$$ , if VERY large case, btw; if you've got the space for it, upgrade to this or something similar, your hdwe and hands will both thank you! A prev setup did not allow fan throttling via MOBO control.
Pros: Sturdy and reliable; between cpu/mobo/tim upgrades and testing has been detached/reattached ~ 20 times. Included controller works fine( but pls see other thoughts). Pretty cool-looking. Pre-applied TIM is probably OK, never had it in use long enough to tell really(switched for Ceramique) and saves extra expense if your'e just a casual user replacing a filed cooler.
Cons: $$$/value ratio. I thought RAM had gotten expensive! I got this for 13 shipped. That's a steal. 20-25 would still be a deal. I lurve me some Rosewill CPU coolers(this is my 3rd one, oldest is >3yrs old and still doing AOK), but TBH at this price, IF you have the room in your case(and this cooler does have a bit of a Goldilocks thing going on for smaller cases), you can do so much better in the $40 range or get a cheaper Rosewill that would proll still be small and goo...