Summary: I got this CPU cooler to go with a new tower computer I was building. Thus far, it has performed wonderfully. There is only one issue that I have noted on this cooler, it's too tall for most cases. I discovered that I cannot fit both this CPU cooler and a case fan that sits directly above it on the case together. Provided the mounting for your side case fan is not directly above your CPU, you won't have a problem.
Summary: Works well, but doesnt cool as well as my cooler master N520. I am using AMD FD832EWMHKBOX FX-8320E FX-Series 8-Core, it stays around 35c at idle and under load (gaming) it usually stays at 50c. Not saying that is to hot, but my old cooler would idle at 25c and max load would be 40c. It does take up a lot less room and is pretty quiet. Great cooler for a budget.
Summary: Great heatsink. Keeps my i5-2500k at around 40c idle. Very quiet compared to my stock intel fan. I'm taking away 1 star because the bottom of the heatsink is not flush. The extra space makes it less efficient at heat transference. I also could not get PWM working with this fan and had to use voltage regulation to make it quiet on my system.
Summary: I'm running this in my storage / Plex server, and had a stock AMD fan and older power supply in it previously. This, coupled with a new power supply with a larger/quieter fan has dramatically lowered the decibels that my server kicks out.
Pros: Quiet. Mounting method is quite secure. Compact (as far as riser heatsinks go).
Cons: The fins bend pretty easily, but this isn't a Zalman-specific issue.
Summary: it s cheap and it works ok ,but if l upgrade my CPU in the future l might go bigger than this one . Right now its on 955 BLK OC to 3.5 mostly and keeps it at 65-70 C l bought this because it mounted to the stock brackets of AMD l wish more coolers did .
Pros: its does what l need it to do keep cool enough for some OC ,it was cheap ,takes up little space ,easy to mount on AMD board and did l mention its cheap and works?
Cons: ok my bad probably should ve mounted to mobo before installing it into the case .it cuts good too . keeps things reasonably quite but a lil noisy but goes away when gaming or watching videos :)
Pros: this cpu cooler was needed for the computer i bought from ibuypowerpcs and it works well
Cons: the computer was super silent when i first turned it on to see if it even turns on....i installed it and well its not silent no more its not loud or annoying but u can defenitly tell theres a fan going on here
Summary: Don't let anyone tell you that it isn't good enough for an FX-8350. I planted this fan on mine with a little IC Diamond thermal paste and my average core temp is about 15ºC at idle and has never reached above 45ºC, even after a few hours of Prime95. The price:performance ratio is great here. It is the loudest fan in my system, but I have to listen to hear it. It isn't loud by any means at idle and isn't terrible under load either.
Summary: Overall, if you need a cheaper CPU fan to keep your system cool and do not care about how loud it gets, this is a great fan. As for me, when I get a bit more money, I am planning on upgrading to a quieter CPU fan.
Pros: This fan does its job: it keeps my CPU cool. Under a stress test for 30 minutes, the CPU did not go over 50°C -- which is good. The "normal" heat range for my CPU is 50°C to 60°C, with the max being 61°C. Under normal loads, the CPU stays around 30°C (or 86°F). Cheap! Other aftermarket fans can easily run $40+
Cons: It can be a bit loud, especially at the higher RPMs. If you are looking for a quiet CPU fan, this might not be the fan for you. If you want a demonstration of just how "loud" it can be, watch this review: http://youtu.be/R7i7xBLClV0?t=3m42s