Pros: Cheap. Fast shipping. I wrote a review earlier, wanted to change it. I turned of all my case fans and did notice some chatter from the cpu fan. its really noticeable on startup cuz the rpms shoot up on the fan. but even after start up you can still hear some chatter. other than that its relatively quiet. Idles around 38-40C. Switched from Thermaltake typhoon cuz it was so big and i needed room for other reasons. My typhoon idled around 33-35C but this thing will do fo...
Summary: fan noise - not too bad. Overall rating of 4 because it does the job at a low cost.
Pros: After running about a year my CPU temperature started climbing during high load processes (video encoding/decoding). I found that you can lift the fan section from the heat sink section and then use a vacuum cleaner to remove accumulated dust off of the heat sink fins. After you clean off the fins you just snap the fan section back on and watch your CPU temperature drop. I got 10degC lower temperature by cleaning heat sink fins.
Summary: Keeps my LGA775 Pentium 4 3.0Ghz at a healthy 23C idle! This is in an 18C ambient temp. To install it you have to unlock the plastic tabs, lift them up, then turn them again to lock them, then press the heatsink onto the board, then press the locks down. A bit more confusing than my other 775 fans, but it works nicely and didn't break!
Cons: -Little loud for a small cylinder fan like this, I have a thermaltake one that is probably 50% quieter -Large dead zone on heatsink makes fan louder -Processor contact area has machined ribs that need to be lapped out.
Summary: I haven't fired up the board with this so I don't know how great the cooling power is, but, we'll see soon enough. Definetly install on the board before the board is in a narrow or smaller case if possible.
Pros: It's huge, it cools a lot and it's def a good deal beefier then most at it's pricepoint for airflow. It also comes with a "syringe" of cooling flux to apply at will.
Cons: the clips it uses. the fan and clips are plastic, and the twist nob thumb screw method is def not good for tight areas and only 3 of the 4 really seem to secure on the board. And there is no backplate to anchor it to.