Summary: These fans move some serious air and I found they work much better after removing the I/O panel and cutting out the back panel where the rear case fan mounts. A fan there actually reduces air flow and increases noise. After 9 months of all day every day use I really have no complaints.
Pros: I bought this HE01 last July to replace an Arctic Cooling A30 which hit the max temp of an 8350 at 4.5ghz. I did my homework and took measurements first and found this to be the best fit for my Silverstone case. This is not a big cooler as far as twin towers go. What you do not see in the pictures is that the center fan mounts very low and blows a lot of air back onto the VRM heat sink. The result is a very cool running motherboard! It is now cooling an AMD 9590 @ 5gh...
Cons: Installing it can be tricky. Not installing the heat sink itself, but the center fan. I found mounting the spring clip and then rolling the fan into place, and then locking the spring clip in works well. Small needle nose pliers also helps.
Summary: It fits perfectly in 7.5 inch width case. I installed in 7 inch case and cover couldn't close. I can't hear the fan even running Prime95. Just enough thermal paste for install included in kit.
Summary: I bought this about a year ago, just to see how far I could go with an FX-8350 on just air cooling. The Noctua NH-14 is maybe 3 percent better at cooling, but it interferes with RAM slots, so I chose the HE01 instead. Reached a stable 4.85 GHz on 1.48v; slightly unstable 5.01 GHz at 1.51. That's H100i territory for most 8350's. Don't buy this or any other high-end air cooler if you don't want to deal with a huge HSF in your system.
Pros: Matches the performance of good all-in-one liquid coolers, can even handle overclocked AMD 8-core FX, even a 9590. Doesn't interfere with RAM slots like a lot of big air coolers. Can add a second fan for even better performance.
Cons: It's enormous, and it's a little tedious to install.
Summary: System: aluminum case, standard 120mm fans front and back, 650W virtualization server system; AMD FX8150 (8 units, 3.6GHz); 32GB ECC unbuffered DDR3 RAM; 20TB combined SATA drives.
Pros: Short story: this is a buy. I was using a 120mm CPU fan in a traditional style mounting over the CPU and was running into trouble with ambient 20C resulting in over 70C for an AMD 8 unit CPU at 3600MHz with only 3/4 of the cores 100% active (ie. 600%). Even at idle it was 32C driving unbuffered ECC ram. Replacing that unit with the Heligon (using fan, default speed) dropped my 20C case/ambient CPU temperature to 15C at idle and with 4/4 cores active (8 units, ie. 800%...
Cons: This unit needs due care and attention to mount on the motherboard, and because of the spring clips, it can be difficult to properly install the fan in a cramped case (needs tools, light and time).
Summary: This monstrosity allowed me to build a completely solid state(no moving parts at all) server that is extremely fast, completely silent, and should run for years. For it to work fanless, it is mounted so that the heat pipes are horizontal, one row over the other. To put it another way, the fan would be blowing straight up at the PSU in the tower case. Convection does all the work. I can feel the heated air rising off the heatsink.
Pros: Passively cools a Xeon E3-1220 V3 (Haswell 80W LGA1150). That's right, I have completely removed the fan. It runs as a file and Remote Desktop/Terminal server for about 12 clients. Mounting brackets, hardware, and instructions were of excellent quality. The mounting process itself was straightforward and painless. Good price for the size and quality of the heatsink. It has a very good quality, quiet PWM fan as well. With the fan, the Xeon stayed 25-26°C at idle, and 5...
Cons: Huge. Make sure your case can fit it. This is also one of those heatsinks that can damage motherboards if you drop the computer. Not a con as long as you don't drop your computer.
Summary: This is the only cooler that will touch my new 3570K. I tossed the stock cooler aside so I can't really compare the difference between stock and the HE01. But if you're building a system and are looking to OC i'd definitely recommend this cooler.
Pros: IT'S HUUUGE. Keeps my CPU nice and cool. 3570K @ 4.5GHz doesn't go higher than 41°C under load for a few hours. Clear directions, comes with everything you need for your Intel or AMD CPUs. Installation took a while but it was worth it in the end. I chose this HS/F for it design. I didn't want to be limited on RAM heatsink selection. This cooler has no overhang above the DIMMS so I can install RAM with the craziest heatsinks without removing the cooler.
Cons: IT'S HUUUGE. Make sure you plug in any and all motherboard accessories BEFORE installing this cooler, cause you're not gonna have a lot of room to move your hands around should you need to unplug something....especially if you have big hands. My Asus P8Z77-V has a Wifi addon card that fits in between the USB ports on the I/O panel. There's no way i'm getting that thing in without breaking something or severely bending some pins so it looks like the whole motherboard w...
Summary: Extremely easy to install and the it looks good.
Pros: It's keeping my i5 3570k at idle temps of 28c - 35c OC'D at 4.0ghz. Went with this over the Noctua NH-D14 because of the ram clearance design. Also the huge 140mm fan!! I have it on performance and don't find it to be loud at all.
Cons: Maybe the fan clips?? Not enough to deduct an egg for though..
Summary: I'm going to try this with a 2k rpm fluid dynamic bearing fan instead to see if I can get some quieter results. If you don't mind the noise (from the stock 38mm wide, pwm fan, with 120mm mounting holes) the cooling performance is great. I'm using an Asus R4F mobo with an i7-3930k at 4200Mhz & 16Gb of 2133 MHz ram.
Pros: Actually beat an NH-D14 by 3C with the fan in performance mode (2k rpm). At 2k rpm it's much noisier than the NH-D14 but When I dial back the speed (noise) with my fan controller to sound the same as the NH-D14 it still cools the same as the D14. That's dam good since it's 1 & 1/2 radiators compared to the D14's 2 radiators. It's also a little narrower than the D14.
Cons: Fan is noisy at high speed & has double ball bearings.
Summary: Other than the fan clips it wasn't too bad of an installation. I did almost power bomb my PC out of frustration because of the fan clips, but I got them on :-) The Larger side of the Heatsink does block 2 of the RAM slots on my ASUS Rampage IV Extreme, but I'm not planning on getting anymore any time soon. Temps are pretty much the same as they were with the H100 it replaced.
Pros: Quality, Design, Airflow, Silverstone, Space for up to 3 Fans...
Cons: Better Fan clips, or something to just fasten a fan on would be preferred...
Summary: the fan has two settings quiet and preformance.the pro setting can be a little loud but,not bad.In quiet you can barely hear it and the temps are good.
Pros: replaced a h-80 cooler which made the dreaded grinding noise. fairly easy to install and keeps the temps in the same range as the h-80.Best thing is it's quiet even under load. Idle temps on a overclocked 3570k are 28c to 31c. Under prime95 blend 69c to 73c(one hour run) you don't have to worry about tall ram heatsinks as the cooler does not interfere with it. fits in my matx case(silverstone fortress) on a maximus v gene mobo.