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. Newegg fails to update the product pic, and I am out shipping and restocking fees...
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: I've seen many terrible reviews of Zalman customer service but It didn't take long to get them to send out the replacement part in my case. Took a long while to get to me though, but that's out of Zalmans hands I suppose
Pros: Sturdy design Quiet fan Keeps my CPU cool
Cons: The thing was packaged with the wrong AMD clips. Had to wait about 2 weeks for a replacement after sending a few emails to Zalman requesting them. Cooler didn't fit snugly -at all- and I had to jury rig it a bit to make it stay tight enough for heat transfer to actually occur.
Summary: Fan is easy to install wrong - no indication in book that an offset exists in the heat-sink - this causes customers to have issues w ram slots - Due to the flexibility of this unit and the way it can be mounted - One needs to think about installing it due to airflow and ways you can mount the fan to...
Pros: Introduced in 2010 - has 6mm heat pipes that are composite heatpipes (meaning multiple wick types inside the heatpipe). A full review of the item is at frostytech dot com. I have V1 unit which will not fit a 2011 socket w/o the upgraded back-plate from Zaman; and its Big as well as complete- like...
Cons: Heat-sink is reversible, get it wrong and it covers your Memory slots. the Heat Fins are very Sharp. When the fan is mounted you have more offset on one side that the other- more than 1/4 inch comparing fin edge from center-line . Underside mounting bracket needed some filing & drill out due to e...
Summary: It you get the REV 3, then this is an excellent cooler, assuming it actually fits your case. Watch out for tall memory ... if the slots are close to the CPU you will have problems with this cooler. REV 1 should be avoided by AMD users.
Pros: Runs quiet, keeps the CPU very cool. 10 degrees cooler than stock at half the RPMs ...
Cons: I got the REV 1 cooler and the only attachment for my AMD 1100T was the weak spring clip. My computer would blue screen every time something bumped the case, which told me that the cooler was too heavy for the clip. As the clip weakened over time, the slightest touch would blue screen the machine...
Summary: It could be my motherboard, but either way for me its a problem. It is not possible for me to install the Heat sink with the fan facing the rear on my MB. I have a silverstone fortress ft02 case so the rear of my MB it at the top of my case were the case exhaust the heat.
Pros: It look sturdy, and came with all the major mounting bracket. I am sure if it would have worked in my case, I would have been happy with it.
Cons: The AMD mounting system is not ideal. On the dry install I was able to rotate the Heatsink almost 90 degree with no force at all. I hate to say it but the stock AMD heatsink i was replacing actually mounts better.
Summary: this cooler definitely has its pros and cons. I don't think I'd buy it again but in the same notion, other than a few complaints, it works well, and it was reasonably priced.
Pros: cools well, quiet, relatively inexpensive.
Cons: fan takes several moments to "kick on" I RMA'ed one, but it did the same thing... didn't want to deal with it again so I decided to live with it. Also, this cooler is gigantic. Memory slot 1 is blocked and requires fan removal to access. oh, and the fins are SHARP.
Pros: Fit in mt Antec three hundred case just fine. It was easy to install and keeps my 955BE at around 28c.
Cons: The fan has to started by hand it won't start on it's own. This is a real pain because I can't put my side cover on my case. Looks like I will have to buy another fan because it's not worth the cost of shipping it back.
Summary: If would not get any cooler heavier than this one, due to the strain imposed on the motherboard's PCB in moving and or transporting the PC. It is fine sitting in one place though. Zalman makes some lighter coolers, and I would go that route the next time around.
Pros: Very nicely constructed cooler, beautiful copper base, tons of nice looking heat pipes, got very good reviews, and performs very well at cooling a CPU.
Cons: The back plate for AM3 leaves a lot to be desired. I installed this onto an Asus Evo 880G full ATX Motherboard. I ended up just using the Asus backplate, rather than just not installing this cooler at all.