Pros: It's pretty. When it's seated well, does a halfway decent job of cooling the cpu
Cons: Pins suck. Hard to seat correctly. have installed and removed on several pc's over it's lifetime. It's still working....but I often don't trust how well it seats, and has come off a couple times just due to fan vibration over time.
Summary: I bought this particular HSF because at the time of purchase all the other compatible 1156 socket coolers (very few of them were available, the socket was just released) were out of stock. I've had favorable results with Thermaltake in the past and decided to give this HSF a whirl.
Pros: This thing is, as advertised, silent. I've had it for just over 2 years and it has never once made any audible noise. This is the only reason to buy this HSF.
Cons: Doesn't cool my system that well at all, it barely cools better than the stock hsf that came with my CPU.
Cons: Its the noisiest piece of hardware in my otherwise quite silent desktop. It makes more noise than the stock fan I had on my CPU. If you want a silent desktop, this is NOT the cooler to buy. Wish I didn't buy this one.
Summary: My good friend has an AC cooler with the exact same setup (Case CPU and Mobo) as myself he's got his OC'd to 3.6 and runs a few degrees cooler.
Pros: Relatively cheap. Smaller than my last CPU cooler. Smaller than most good cpu coolers. In fact I have no idea where reviewers thinking this cooler was big came from, novice builders I guess?
Cons: Only 4 heat pipes produce sub par results. In this same price category there are better coolers. Running my cpu at a meager OC (for a 750), going from 2.67 to 3.2 and my idle temps went from low to mid 30's to low 50's. There are competitively priced coolers that do a better job.
Summary: While I mostly agree with the other reviews, I think the cooling factor isn't that great. And I agree with the other reviewers that the plastic connectors to the MB don't provide a really stable connection.
Pros: -High quality materials -Fan can be mounted multiple directions -Simple to install -Quiet
Cons: -Doesn't keep very cool -The connectors to the MB are slightly loose
Summary: I did not buy this at Newegg. I am not overclocking, and have no intention of doing so on this cooler - I got a bundle deal on the 875k.
Pros: Fairly inexpensive for an 1156 cooler, is doing what it is supposed to. Was available at my local PC superstore.
Cons: Screws had fallen out of the bag inside of the box, had to go searching for them on the floor. One of the screws (or screw holes) had threading problems and would not stay tight, it actually fell out of the cooler and onto the motherboard. Ended up using a different screw I had laying around for ...
Cons: -Plastic clips that came with the product were very difficult to work with. I Had to go to the local hardware store and buy screws, plastic washers and plastic nuts to secure cooler to the board.
Summary: Please call the Manufacturer to provide Alternate Retention Brackets for there otherwise beautiful products.
Pros: This is beautiful CPU Cooler. Since I am familiar with metals, it is inspiring to see Aluminum and Copper used in such an interesting way.
Cons: I agree with Greg of 9/29/09. The Cooler is too heavy for the Push Pins. I called Tech Support and was told that they only use Push Pins and no Alternate Retention Bracket is available like with other Heavy CPU Cooler manufacturers. My Silent 1156 disengaged from two Push Pins after moderate move...