Summary: zalman can't be entirely to blame for my review. newegg does not indicate what zalman puts on their website and that is that this cooler MUST also have a 120mm fan to go with it (i am assuming case fan, it does not specify).
Pros: -looks neat
Cons: -can not dissipate heat from a moderately powerful CPU. I used this with an AMD A10 APU and in an open case the steady temperature was 70 degrees C while sitting in BIOS. I would hate to see what it would be if i actually did something.
Summary: I got this for a computer a friend commissioned me to build for him. We decided to run a AMD A10-7850K Kaveri, a processor that generates a considerable amount of heat. I knew the stock cooler wouldn't be enough and I was concerned with 1. Cooler compatibility with the FM2 socket, and 2. limited space inside his case. I ultimately opted to go for this cooler because I believed it had everything we were looking for.
Cons: Well, there were a few. So, first of all, the instructions are confusing, and there don't seem to be any tutorials online, but I was able to figure this out, second, the little screw/bolt things that go from the back plate and into the motherboard aren't even really screws, they just sit there, had to tape them on to start trying to apply the cooler since they just fall out of the back plate when you lay it flat, then after trying to put in the cooler, it turns out, t...
Summary: Used on Intel 1155 socket. Very nice mount. Not obvious how much to tighten screws so use caution (especially with metal back plate already in place on MB). I put washers on top side of MB to act as screw stops. Well made rig, lots of copper, looks good, and does the job.
Summary: A better vented case like the IN WIN BP655 would help as well for the mini-ITX lovers like myself, I plan to order said case soon as well as some MX-4 thermal compound and will post the results of my hardware tweaking then.
Pros: Currently on an A10-5800k, doing okay for regular computing but plan to upgrade to a better vented case than the Thermaltake Element Q that I'm using now.
Cons: Will not cool sufficiently without a 120mm fan directly facing and blowing onto it, it actually says on the Zalman website that it has to be used with a 120mm fan.
Summary: I've had it for a little while. I hope this little sucker can last for a long time.
Pros: Fit perfectly on my ASRock Mini ITX mobo. Using it for an AMD A10 6800K 4.10GHz Quad Core CPU. Used my own thermal paste SEE CONS.
Cons: DO NOT use the provided thermal paste it is JUNK!! Use your own good quality thermal paste. I actually took mine out and wiped it clean so I can use my own thermal paste, shows a big difference in temperature.