Summary: If I didn't have to bend a heatsink on my Motherboard out of the way in order to install it, the product would probably get a 5. Maybe this is my fault and I should start measuring everything before I buy? I did not read this in any reviews I read though.
Pros: Its super cool in many ways. It keeps things cool even at low speeds. It is a behemoth and wonder to behold. The colors fit well in my computer. It looks very good in general. Its pretty quiet when on lower settings. I keep it adjusted so I don't hear it over my HAF case, which is pretty quiet and my power supply fan is probably the loudest and it claims to be a quiet model. Install/uninstall/reinstall went smoothly for it for being so huge.
Cons: I had to bend one or two heat sinks on my mobo to get it to fit (pretty stupid, I know). The wires going to the fans controllers right where it splits are thin and flimsy and to go the opposite way you gotta bend it a way thin flimsy wires don't like bending. This combined with the switch being about 1 inch from the power plug and right by the fan(s)lead me to some issues. Being as big as it is made me realize I should just get water cooling if I wanted to spend the o...
Summary: This is a great heatsink once installed and with different fans. With both included fans my i5-3570K at stock frequency idled around 23C. After I replaced both fans with 2 COUGAR CF-V12HPB (without using the PWM due to the horrible buzzing sound they produce) my temps now idle at 14C at about 1000RPM. Performance wise this is a great heatink, but for $60 the mounting solution and fans should be much better than they are.
Pros: Good looking heatsink. Nice and big for better cooling. Can use 2 fans to increase heat dissipation. 5 8mm heatpipes with nickle plating looks better than copper color. Large nickle plated copper base that contacts the whole CPU face compared to round stock heatsinks.
Cons: Mounting solution is poorly designed. 4 small nuts hold the heatsink in place from the bottom of the board. Backplate doesn't stay when heatsink is removed meaning those who are using a case without the CPU cut-out need to remove the motherboard to get the heatsink off and then the CPU. If your case does have the CPU cut-out, installation almost requires 2 people. One to hold the heatsink on and the other to screw on the nuts. After 2 days of use the 2 fans started to...
Summary: I'm sure this is a great fan, but for me it's just been a pain in my rear, and I ended up selling it to a friend to get a liquid cooling block that would fit.
Pros: This CPU fan looks great, and seems great quality, can't really speak on the performance however..
Cons: The first issue I had with this fan was straight out of the box, it was missing the mounting brackets, screws, and washers. After a bit of a run around, I contacted thermaltake and got the replacement parts pretty quick, and painlessly. however the next issue came in when I was installing, it will not fit on my motherboard because I am using 4 sticks of RAM; and not the kind with heatsinks on them either..
Summary: I should have spent the Xtra bucks and went with watercooling. For the effort spent installing this cooler I would have gotten better performance from a $100 water cooled solution. Doesn't live up to the hype.
Pros: Does keep my AMD 1090T cooler than my previous CPU cooler. At idle the CPU temp is 33 degrees Celsius, room temp is 22C. With a mild overclock of 3500, the CPU temp gets up to 51C under full load. Fits into my HALF 922 case.
Cons: Has to be bolted to the motherboard. Was a 2 person job, one to hold the heatsink, and one to screw on the bolts on the bottom of the motherboard. Unable to use 2nd fan included due to the height of my RAM.
Summary: I feel like if I were to judge it on cooling ability only it'd be an easy 5 eggs, but with everything together I struggle to give it 3. I expected much more.
Pros: It's keeping my stock i7 2600k at a chilly 25-28 degrees at idle and way under 50 at full load, which is all you really should be looking for, right? It's easy on the eyes, I quite like the white fan on black and red. Manual speed controls
Cons: It is *SO* freaking loud! I don't know if all aftermarket coolers are like that but it made my system go from more or less whisper quiet to noisy (on minimum speed). If I crank the speed all the way up it's seriously about as loud as a car's turbocharger which is NOT good and is making me consider a watercooled rig instead. The rubber screws used to secure the fans on the heatsink are obnoxious and annoying to say the least. You'll have to pull on them awkwardly feari...
Summary: I have a Noctua NH-D14 and a Corsair H100. This cooler does a good job, but is not nearly as good as the D14. But,it will work well at medium overclocks and is much better than the stock cooler.
Pros: The cooler works well. Whoever designed the mounting process should be fired. This is a good cooler for moderate overclocks and will keep you cool.
Cons: The mounting is not hard, just the process stinks. It would have been just as easy for them to make a much easier design. The fans on high sound like you are standing next to a 747.
Summary: If you're considering this item you probably already know its an effective cooler and that its large. That said, I would only consider purchasing this item if you have a full tower case - it simply would not fit into my mid-tower case. The product is 161mm tall (6.34 in) so please measure accordingly from your motherboard socket, taking your processor into account.