Summary: This is not what I would consider a low noise fan by any means. I have to reduce the speed to 40% in order for it to be a tolerable noise level. The reason I bought this is so that I wouldn't need to use software to slow the fan speed down to reduce noise. Unfortunately, this is nearly as loud as the fan that I replaced. Works fine, just much noisier than I expected.
Summary: make the base bigger if your going to clame am3+ cpu and solid copper foot would be nice...The resson i got this was noise of my stock cooler was unbarble I sould have seen if i could have got a better fan for my stock one oh well(fan is 60mm on the stock)
Pros: Well its quieter than my stock cooler not as heavy as some aftermarkets
Cons: not as good as mystock cooler and lesser quality. It also doesnot cover the full cpu and cost to much at the price i bought it (20 usd)lost an egg for that because iI bought one for 15usd(13.50 on sell that was way better.and lost an egg for having to fill in spaces on botton of the base.
Seems to be an effective cooler, but be warned ...
Amazon Customer, Amazon
9 July 2014
Summary: Seems to be an effective cooler, but be warned: although this item says it is compatible with an am3+, it does not come with the appropriate mounting bracket which must be purchased separately. Would have rated the item higher had I not needed to spend more money and delay further because of the need to order the proper bracket.
Summary: I got this on sale for under $20. It worked great for the first 2 months, but when I removed it to replace some case fans it started making a lot of noise. To counter the noise I lowered the fan speed with Speedfan and it worked for a while and never effected the cooling. Then a few weeks later the fan noise (sounded like a wire or thin piece of plastic hitting the fan but nothing was hitting it) came at any speed. it still kept the cpu cool though.
Pros: Cheap Cooled good really easy to install, no funky back plates or 100 pieces to put together included thermal paste was decent
Cons: started making a lot of noise within the 2nd month always ran at max rpm. Not really a con since it's really quiet, but when I did have cool n quiet enabled and it still didn't go down.
Summary: when they work they work well..when they don't they don't....I've only gotten 3 from New Egg But have had Others.. Id Say Ya Have a 50/50 Chance. Price Is right. So You Decide :) Last 2 got for 10 bucks each on sale / with rebate..
Pros: Good Price.. When on sale Great Price..
Cons: Gamble Really..when they work they work .. if not then not.. Have Bought 3 1 fan got very Loud after 6-7 months 1 works Great keeps wife's athlon II 450 running in the 20ies Having Hard time keeping my Phenom II 965 Black under 40 at idle.. took it off and realized only about half the plate and pipes are touching :) really no way to plane it smooth so Like I said.. Not always the smoothest bottom on some..
Summary: Now this cpu cooler runs really cool for me. I ordered some new fans to replace some loud ones in my pc .... so I remove the cpu fan to fit one in place.,put the zalman back on like it was and when I power on my pc I get this noise like a wire hitting the fan while it's running. so I take the side cover off and look but nothing is hitting it, I do like to keep a tidy cable managed case. further investigation led me to believe the cooler was loose.
Pros: Inexpensive light weight (good if you have a flimsy mobo like me) quiet (was quiet ... read below) Zalman thermal paste is decent, same temps as ac 5 for me) cools really good even with a 1ghz OC
Summary: This would work fine for me if I didn't want to over clock.
Pros: Adequately cools CPU at stock and slightly elevated clock levels. The fan is quite quiet. It looks subtle and well designed.
Cons: Because the design of the cooling surface is two bands of copper placed inside a rather rough grooved rectangle of "other" metal, only about 30% of the CPU touches copper, the rest if the CPU either doesn't touch anything or touches rough grooved aluminum (or whatever the non-copper metal is). I'm not sure I understand the thought process behind making the contact a small rectangle, as opposed to the universal shape of a CPU. When I took off the cooler there were only...