Summary: This cooler will only mount in up/down orientation on AM3 RM. If your board doesn't have the extra room between the CPU socket and memory slots AND if you're using high profile RAMs, the cooler will block out two memory slots if used in push configuration.
Pros: Quite. Lower temperature than stock cooler. Easy mounting for boards with AM3 RM.
Cons: It's not so AMD compatible as you might think. See other thoughts.
Summary: Installation was easy for me. I used the AMD clip and placed the fan on per the instructions. No issues here. My full sized case fits it in without having to leave the skin off. I hope this helps. Cheers!
Pros: Keeps my 8150 FX cool. When Prime95 was running the temp was hovering at 67c. (I used artic silver)
Cons: It's huge....it is rediculously huge! My gigabyte AM3+ MB, I had to remove memory modules in order to make it fit. So I went from 16GB to 8GB memory. I will work on this later. Also, I am not removing an egg for this because it works VERY well.
Summary: This does its job and does it well. Transporting the computer may be a bit tricky given the size of the unit and how it is attached using AMD's stock mounting system. If you don't move the PC much, it should be fine, but if you transport it, double check to make sure it is still secure before...
Pros: Cools very well and is very quiet. My AMD FX-8150 now idles in the upper 30's/low 40's, with load, in the low to mid 50's under Prime95. This is a major improvement over the stock fans in terms of sound and heat. If you use an AMD motherboard and have a case with fans on the top, you can get even...
Cons: Most of the cons are small things that don't impact the overall rating. On AMD systems, the standard retention clip remains, but it isn't secure. This can make placing the unit a bit hit or miss as you would want it centered. The included silicone thermal compound shouldn't be used with copper, u...
Summary: Recap: 6 stars for cooling 2 stars for install 4 Stars overall
Pros: I have a Quad Core Extreme QX9650 that was running max temp (Prime 95) at 86c with default cooler.. My max temp is now 64C! Amazing! 6 Stars if I could.
Cons: This thing is large and a pain in the rear to install (and I had the easy "pop-in" 775 install . The instructions are as sparse as any I've seen. the fins bend very easily. I had to remove a case fan and my side mounted vent for this bad boy. 2 Stars for the install
Summary: Worth it if you want to overclock or if you have issues with your CPU temps...
Pros: Dropped temps of my Q9550 @ 2.83GHz under P95 load from 73C to 49C. I was then able to overclock my Q9550 @ 3.8GHz (447*8.5 1.3625V in BIOS) under P95 load with max core temp of 67C.
Cons: It came with only one (1) fan. Can be difficult to install to motherboard with fan already attached to heatsink and motherboard already installed into a case... luckily I have thin fingers so I was able to install relatively easily. Price? I got it for $20 (used).