Summary: Sp far, I have not had the cooler installed long enough to give it a proper review, but from what I have seen of it, my CPU stays very cool, and doesn't even budge at the games I've played on max settings. Very solid construction, and the install was very easy too. Would definitely recommend for any gaming build.
Summary: Finished installing this a little while ago, and feel compelled to share. This fan is NOT for newbies! If you have not built a machine before, you might end up asking for help. My biggest gripe is, because of the placement of the CPU fan plug on my machine, I was not able to have this unit push air out the top of the case.
Summary: Unit does not clear memory if memory has a heatsink. I had to "modify" dim closest to cpu Motherboard = GigaByte GA-Z77X-UD5H, Memory = Patriot Memory Viper 3 Series. Other than that unit is great, nice a quite.
Summary: reminds me of an American Muscle Car .......big with a lot of power. Not highly refined but sounds good going down the road.
Pros: Ok, This is a monster......you will have to get new low profile ram to run this guy. So you might as well invest right off the bat if you ram is anywhere near this guy. Also unless you are willing to modify your case it better be full size. I also like the directional fans and additional mounting brackets that allow you to vent in any direction, this will keep you from creating a vortex within your case. Overall a great fan.
Cons: no motherboard control. which leads me to wishing you could mount the variable rheostat that controls the fan so you could change speed without opening case. Not super quiet but not overbearingly loud.
Summary: I think for a little more, getting a liquid cooling unit may be a little better choice like the Zalman or Corsair variety. It would even put less strain on the mainboard and there are times I wonder about long term consequences of using such a massive air cooled heatsink instead of going with liquid cooling.
Pros: It certainly keeps my Core i7 - 2600k plenty cool. I'm running this on an MSI Z68-GD65 mainboard with 8GB of Kingston HyperX 1600Mhz RAM. Removing the fans from the heatsink is a very simple task as they just slide over the top of the heatsink and it clips into place when seated properly.
Cons: This thing is a bit large to say the least. I would not recommend this heatsink for anyone that does not have a full tower case. As far as memory clearance? It sits right over one of my memory slots but I can still access it, I just have to remove the fans from the heatsink to get to it. I can still fit the memory in the slots, just don't be a kid that thinks it's cool to have RAM with massive heatsink fins on it and you should be fine. It can certainly be noisy with ...
Summary: The Frio OCK CPU cooler is truly a great performing cooler; even with the fans on low it keeps your CPU nice and cool. If you're looking for good looks and good performance, look no further than the Frio OCK from Thermaltake. The Frio OCK is loud on high yes, and from what I can see there really is no need to turn up the fans at all. You can get the same performance from the cooler even with the fans on low.
Summary: For those looking to go and fill all 8 DIMM slots on an ASUS board you have about 35mm of clearance from the slot to the fan, it seems that Corsair Vengeance Low Profile sticks will fit with no problem.
Pros: Keeps things very cool, i have yet to see my CPU go over 40C under load while gaming and i tend to idle under 20C most of the time.
Cons: Using it on a LGA 2011 socket and it fits well above the CPU but on the new Asus boards where the DIMMs are on both sides of the CPU this cooler blocks the inner most slots. However with a 4 stick configuration it is not an issue but if i ever wanted to expand i would need to buy Low profile RAM sticks to get them in there.
Pros: GOOD HEATSINK LOTS OF AIR FLOW 34c UNDER LOAD CONSTANT WITH FX 8120
Cons: PLASTIC CASING RATTLES DUE TO HIGH SPEED, YOU'LL FIGURE THIS ONE OUT. TOUCHES THE HEAT SPREADERS ON THE FIRST MUSKIN 4GB MEM CHIP ON CROSSHAIR V FORMULA MOBO. WORKS OK THOUGH. MOUNTS WITH AIRFLOW FROM BOTTOM TO TOP ON AMD CROSSHAIR V MOBO. IF YOU ARE USING ASUS FAN EXPERT SUPPORT, USE THE DC NOT THE PWM FEATURE IN BIOS AND SET THE FAN SPEED THAT WAY, OTHERWISE YOU'LL HAVE TO SET IT MANUALLY, A REAL PAIN IN THE NECK. DUE TO IT FITTING IN THE AMD SLOT, IT SHOWS THE THER...