Summary: So first of all this is my first non-stock cooler and after hearing that the major con is the installation, I decided to give it a try anyway. This thing is massive and it barely cleared the height of my RAM modules.
Pros: Works well, got 4.3GHz on my i5-4670k on the first attempt. Might try to go higher later.
Cons: Instructions need work, a lot of the diagrams are misleading or hard to read. Need to work out a mental model of how to install it since it's so large and blocks other components. This is my first aftermarket cooler install, so it wasn't terrible nor was it very easy.
Summary: This review refers to installations on Socket 1150 (and probably 1155 as well). Many reviewers are complaining that the screws ('bolts') are too short. These reviewers probably made the same mistake I also initially made.
Summary: However, once you have experienced with the installation once, it is not going to be that hard any more. I would buy another one at $10 if I had the need of a new PC.
Pros: This cooler is huge. I am using it to cool an Intel i7-2600K CPU. I can overclock it to 4.4 GHz (as opposed to the default 3.4GHz) without problem. At 100% usage, the core temperature is at approximately 60 Celcius while the ambient temp is 28.
Cons: I have to remove the motherboard from the case. And since the cooler blocks the access to one of the RAM slots, it is impossible to add more RAMs once you have installed it (this is referenced to an ASUS PBZ77 motherboard and the situation would be the same with the other ASUS MB I have).
Summary: Cooling fins cover the first two memory slots (MSI Z97-G55 SLI), I bent several down and out of the way to gain clearance. I had to remove/replace a VRM heatsink during install. I found a magnetic screwdriver helpful while positioning the bolts.
Pros: Cools better than the CM V8 (original version) it replaces. Rebate was approved.
Cons: The fan makes a noticeable whirring noise as it speeds up and slows down. I replaced it with something quieter (funky install, effective though).
Summary: Overall, this is a great cooler, and I got it for a phenomenal price. It's very well built, if not terribly well designed for ease of install.
Pros: Installed on my 125W Q9550 in a cheap Thermaltake V3. -Great value, $10 after rebate with free eggsaver shipping: recieve it in just one day, surprisingly -Cools very well. 33C at idle, comparable to the much noisier stock-style 92mm CoolerMaster it replaced -Much quieter than the Intel Stock fan...
Cons: -Massive. Truly a huge cooler at 160mm across. -A major PITA to install. Removed mobo, from start to finish it took about an hour to get everything lined up correctly and torqued down. Don't waste your time trying to install it without removing the mobo, seriously. Even in a full size ATX case. -...
Summary: I used Arctic Silver 5, but the included CPU goop looked decent enough. Entirely up to you. Overall, I have complete confidence in it's ability to cool my system, and it's size is all part of the equation.
Pros: - Looks like a sturdy enough design - Weight was lower than I expected, which I thought would have been an issue. - Cools great. Stock idle temp hovered around 37-40c - Very quiet - Included tool to tighten down bolts, which was surprisingly handy
Cons: - Install wasn't easy on my MSI Gaming 5 Z97 (1150) board/CPU. I had to remove one of the factory heatsinks to be able to screw down one of the 4 bolts. I also had some issues getting the 4 bolts attached down without others popping out. It's tricky, but not nearly as bad as others have said. I g...
Summary: Make sure your case supports 160mm heatsinks, and if you have ram with extra large heat spreaders it probably won't fit.
Pros: Temperatures are very low. Price - At 35$ after MIR this is probably the best bang for your buck. Noise: Much quieter than the Stock HSF, A fair amount than a 212 EVO.
Cons: Installation: I don't see how this is even possible to install inside your case unless it's MASSIVE. Even taking the MB out it was still very difficult to get some of the bolts in due to the various heatsinks on my board (NB, etc.)
Summary: For the price I paid, $30, this is a great product, and works very well.
Pros: It looks great when installed. I have an I7-3770k installed on an asrock extreme 4 motherboard. Temps are in the mid 40's when playing BF3 at medium setting locked at 120fps.
Cons: Tough to install, but nothing really insane. I noticed the screws they gave me weren't long enough, so I made some custom modifications of my own, and everything went together well. Don't lost the screw tool they give you, you'll never get it on or off without it. Also, if you are using high perf...