Excerpt: This "BLACK" version of the venerable Venomous X is very nice to look at indeed, but it is one of the least black "blacks" I have ever seen. Essentially it ends up being a slightly darker, smokier look than the standard Ven X; it depends on the lighting. However, it is not actually dark by any means, just not as bright and silvery. I don't mind since it matches my mid-gray case aesthetic quite well, but it is not worth a big premium over the regular VenX in my opinion.
Summary: Mine is cooling a i5 2400S. This is much more hardware than I needed.... The heatsink is huge. At 100% processor usage the fan seems to stay at its lowest setting. The sink is only slightly warm to the touch after hours of running. Measure twice for this monster, it won't fit in smaller cases. It may also cause problems on some motherboards that have components mounted very close to the processor socket. Mine is running very very quiet. Well made unit.
Summary: I purchased this cooler recently to replace the stock cooler on my Intel i7 920. The installation was relatively easy compared to coolers I've used in the past, but is still pretty involving. This isn't really an issue as you should know what to expect when ordering this type of product. The unit is quite large and you may have a hard time getting it into your case depending on its layout. I have a Lian-Li PC61 and I could not use my motherboard tray as I normally would.
Summary: This heatsink is so easy to install. On the first try you can be sure that the heatsink is seated with even pressure and perfect thermal compound distribution because of the simple mounting setup the Venomous X uses. One minor flaw is that you can choose the seat the Venomous with varying mounting pressures and at the highest pressure the heatsink can shift around because the pressure pushes the mounting bar out of the guide rails.
Summary: I got this cooler based on a recommendation from somebody on an enthusiast forum. When I got the part I was shocked at how big and heavy it was. Definitely a lot of metal in there for cooling!! I am using this with an Intel i7 875k processor still at the stock 2.93GHz. I ran some tests on it to see how stable my system was after building and I ran all four cores at full 100% power using Prime95 software and was never able to get the CPU temp above 50C.
Summary: Best mounting system I used yet. Performance is excellent. Have 2 Antec Tri Cool fans set to Med. and in this 85F degree apartment my max temps with prime is 60C (I5 750 at 3.2 Ghz). One more thing about the first reviewer on this page. The screws are not to be torqued down with brute force, just hand tight and just when you feel them bottom out. Even states this in the manual. Have the same cooler and have had no problems. Dont be a brute, its a computer not an engine!
Summary: I have been using Thermalright coolers for years. After reading review after review on this model I thought I had another winner. Well for one of the more expensive cpu coolers on the market the performance is average at best. The first problem was one of the screws on the mounting system snapped. This rendered the cooler totally nonfunctional untill I could get a new bracket.
Summary: I wanted to write this because the only review here doesn't really say much about the cooler itself. I got this to overclock an i7 920. Th package came with everything I needed and installation is straight forward. I have 2 Thermalright 1600rpm fans on this in a push pull set up. This baby keep my 920 under 40C @ 3.9Ghz. And it looks cool too. If you're looking for a great cooler to OC an i5 or i7 this is a great choice.
Summary: Item came with no Mounting kit or parts. Only came with box, a sticker and a heatsink. I suggest using Zipzoomfly if your gonna buy it. Now I gotta wait a maximum of 4 weeks to get a refund and reorder from ZZF.