Summary: Zalman's paste is pretty good, I have found that Antecs Formula 7, Nano Diamond, is better. Newegg has it here. Good for 5C less in temps. My first generation i7 W3565 (i7 960) idles at 23C, loaded @33C. My 930, 2 940s and 2 950s are within 1C of this. All have Zalman coolers. My i5 systems do well also. It speaks for itself.
Pros: Sale price, rebate, free shipping. Very good cooler, I own a pair and a handful plus of Zalman coolers. This one, 5 tubes, 10 locations, bring hot air into the cooler. One piece bottom works better than separate tube or "direct contact". Have proved it. Compact, fits most Mid Tower cases. Fan sits low on the cooler, helps cool areas on the mother board, example: North Bridge.
Summary: I got this cooler for my I7 950 after my water cooler died(Came from cyberpower pc when I bought it on sale several years ago) The pump slowly died out on me over the last year. When it was doing its best it kept the temps down to about 38 at full load. This Zalman cooler has temps at 40 degrees will never die and under full load I cant get temps over 48 with prime95.
Pros: Great cooling and smaller than an old passive zalman cooler I had years ago
Cons: included fan will block memory with heatsinks that are tallie corsair vengeance. Included fan can only be mounted one direction.
ZALMAN CNPS10X Performa 120mm Long life CPU Cooler
James N., Newegg
25 March 2014
Summary: i5 is in a roswill blackhawk and the amd is in a define xl r2 :) both big cases
Pros: it works extreamly well upgraded from 2 9500 yeah i have 2 of these 1 on a i5 4670 and the other on a amd a-10 6800k ..... on the i5 have fan that came with it and its so quite u cant hear it even when up close and personal and it a cold 17-20c idle and 30-39 c fully loaded :) the amd runs hotter by 2-3c on idle and 30-42 loaded i love em have had zalman coolers for years and no issues
Cons: they are big so do ur home work on ur cases make sure u can fit it :)
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: I can say, that this is one of my preferred brands for coolers. However, I find that mounting solutions for many aftermarket CPU coolers are something for the user to contemplate a bit. For instance, I ended up mounting long springs to not only this one, but to my other CPU cooler which is heavier to support the cooler from the top of the case when a freight train rumbles my residence, or when I move the PC around.
Pros: Cools very well. Yet is not giant and obtrusive. Mounting is decent. Although, the stock back plate I did not use, but rather, simply used the motherboard's native back plate.
Cons: I can see how, the back plate might become an issue for inexperienced or misinformed users. I was able to quickly figure out, that if I did not stay with the native back plate from my motherboard, and removed it to use the one with this cooler, the results might be less than optimal. Frankly I was scared to use the back plate that came with this cooler, as my motherboard's back plate was bigger, and well suited to support this cooler.