Summary: Have used similar Zalman coolers before so I picked this current model. Its quiet quiet and keeps CPU cool but the installation seems harder than it should be. Fits on Asus Z87-A in Antec 300 case (first memory slot is obstructed). Used slots 2/4.
Summary: Using it on older setup 970 gigabyte mobo with 8120 AMD CPU stock clock. Before install the idle temp of CPU was 35-45 C. Under load it was 60-75 C!!! But It was somewhat hot this summer in Los Angeles. After cooler install idle temps dropped to 11-30 C. And never exeeded 60 C under load.
Pros: 1. Cost effective
Cons: 1. Pain to install without removing the motherboard
Summary: This is an upgrade, so I really don't want to pull my system apart to install... I ordered this $$$ heatsink because is was one of the few decent ones sold that claimed to have the AM3 spring clip.
Pros: Looks like a very well made heatsink with plenty of heat pipes, but I am not installing it to find out.
Cons: Does NOT include the AMD socket AM3 spring clip as pictured, so you WILL have to remove your motherboard to install it if you have an AMD system.
Summary: As expected, I apent 2 hours just disassembling my entire computer just to install the sink. I like the ones that use the standard AMD clippy thing but I understand the weight on this is a bit much for that. I would have liked it to run cooler with no load, but it really shines under a load because it does not get much higher with a load so I can understand that. I am using AS.
Pros: Very rectangular shaped heatsink. I like how it has clips for both sides provided (unlike some other brands that work with two fans but only give you one clip and somehow you need to find another clip!). I use the fan resistor and that keeps it much quieter (I am picky with silence so I will mention it is a little louder than my 4 Cougar case fans :) ), and it still maintains the same temp (around 46C no load with FX-8150). It has a very smooth and flat copper bottom ...
Cons: It blocks a RAM slot on a very well RAM spaced motherboard. And yes, I have the shorter side of the heatsink facing the RAM and the longer end facing the back of the case. I expected this when getting a larger heatsink, and AMD RAM runs in dual channel mode only, so I moved both of the RAM sticks to slot 2 and 4 from 1 and 3 and they still function perfectly. I mean, dual sticks come well priced up to 16gb which about the max you really need. unless you are filling al...
Summary: This cooler replaced another popular product which I thought worked pretty well. The Zalman gives me temps at idle that are 2-3 degrees cooler, but wait there's more! Temps while running Prime95 or World Computing Grid projects are 7-9 degrees cooler. With my system overclocked temps are at least 5 degrees cooler as well. I can run Prime95 with my i7-860 system overclocked to 3.5Ghz and temps are below 60 degrees Centigrade.
Summary: This cooler is big. Because of the way my motherboard is set up (Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3), and the size of my RAM's heat fins, the fan that attaches to the cooler blocks two RAM ports. I only use two at the moment, so I just use the two furthest away, but I'll have to come up with a solution to fix this problem if I decide to expand. I believe that some"low-profile" RAM sticks are able to fit underneath the fan, but I cannot personally attest to that.
Summary: I'm not a gamer, but do a lot of video editing which sometimes makes my stock dual-core Gateway run hot with the stock heat sink and 80mm fan. This Performa works amazingly well at effortless cooling, and more importantly, eliminates the vacuum cleaner whirring from the little stock fan. It's 152mm length just fits in the stock case, but I'll still be going to get a larger Corsair Carbide 400R and it's superior airflow.
Summary: This thing is huge. Ate up my first two slot for ram but i was able to use the last two slot for my Kingston 2x4GB ram. Does what it's suppose to do. Kept my cpu cool. Now all i need to do is tweak it a little to see how effective it is.