Summary: Just make sure you have the room and adequate ability to install something like this and you will be fine. Excellent product, copper on the CPU leading to aluminum fins is the way to go as far as metals are concerned imo.
Pros: Definitely cools down the CPU a good 10-15 Celsius compared to the stock cooler that came with my i3 550. The fan is very quiet during idle to low loads. During high loads the fan is just about as quiet to a little less noisy than the Intel stock cooler was during its peak load. Highly recommende...
Cons: The only con I can think of it that it's slightly bigger due to the fan size and the fact that it blows air to the side rather than directly up from the cpu. (Of course these directions are relative when you prop the tower up right) Just make sure that there are no cables that are dangling or cou...
Summary: If you end up doubling fans on your unit, try to go with matched pairs of the same item/model. Otherwise you may end up creating turbulence and ruining the airflow from one fan running at one rpm and the other at a different rpm. This can actually decrease your cooling ability.
Pros: Have used these on a number of i5's and they seem to hold up nicely. Haven't had any yet that are anything but quiet except a couple of seriously overclocked systems and even then nothing major when compared to the other cooling parts in the tower. They really are a decently quiet cooler.
Cons: As usual, have a clue of your MB layout prior to purchasing. This does take up some real estate.
Summary: Like all pushpin designs these could wear out and break if the cooler needs to be reseated too many times. Not really a con as I knew that about pushpins going in and they work well out of the box. Just something to think about for first time buyers.
Pros: It is what it claims to be, quiet and cool. Upgraded to this from the stock Intel heatsink and fan that came with my i5 2500k 3.3GHz. I used the Antec FORMULA 7 Nano Diamond for my thermal compound instead of the tube that came with the cooler. With all the power saving settings off @ 3.3GHz I'm ...
excellent cheap cooler-NOTE THE FAN DIRECTION BEFORE INSTALLATION-
Courtney B., Newegg
22 December 2011
Summary: I dropped two fans on both sides. Works like a freakin charm.
Pros: This is not for OCing. This is for a standard run system. It's cheap and will hold two fans.
Cons: Don't be dumb like me. Make darned sure you have the fan(s) placed in the direction you want the air to flow. You do not want to fire your box up and realize, "dangit, wrong direction". Don't trust the arrows. Turn the bugger on and actually confirm the direction.
Pros: This is a wonderful cooler. It comes with its own thermal grease (although I still use Arctic Silver), it is easy and intuitive to install and works great. My Intel i5-2500K when under load heavy gaming loads never goes above 45 degrees C, even during Turbo Boost (that Intel auto frequency scaling).
Cons: It may be a little loud for some people, but for me it isn't a problem - I'm too busy gaming to notice any of the fans!
Pros: This fan is exceedingly quiet and runs really cool. The whole thing feels kinda cheap when you get it but honestly it beats out most other high end fans by far. My quad core i5 is OC'd to 4GHz and it runs at 35C at idle at 76F ambient room temp. Seriously that's awesome for a $25 fan. Had it for ...
Cons: Kinda big...might cover RAM slots in a microATX board but not sure since I don't have that
Summary: Running an i5-2500k on an MSI P67A-G45 with a Galaxy GTX 560 Ti in a Storm Scout case. Temps with stock heat sink at idle were mid 30s, then went to 92 while playing BF3. No idea if it was a faulty heat sink or not, but I was pretty surprised.
Pros: -Easy installation with no rear mounting bracket needed (just make sure you look at the picture) -Seems to cool very well for the price when compared to a stock heat sink -More compact than other options... made working with it a breeze
Summary: My first Sandy Bridge box I assembled earlier this year used the standard i5 cooler, which is barely adequate: running all 4 cores at full speed for a matter of seconds is enough to trip the thermal throttling.
Pros: Very Quiet. Performs noticeably better than stock i5 cooler.
Cons: Not sure how long the brackets/pins will last if I have to reseat it too many times