Summary: Noticed a big difference right away lowered the temps about 5c for me the thermal paste with it is also nice normal buy arctic ice would recommend if your looking to go just a bit cooler. This is A HUGE CPU cooler so make sure you have the case to fit it.
great for a Mini ITX without a GPU, size comparsion to I3 CPU stock cooler
Louie the Italian Jew "Lou da Joo", Amazon
9 October 2013
Summary: Length:: 2:36 Mins I read about this CPU cooler on a forum because I wanted to find a CPU cooler that was compact, stylish, and not a CoolerMaster TX3. I do own other Cooler Master CPU fans, but just felt the urge to try something different. I'd compare this to a TX3, although more stylish. The fan has a 4 pin PWM attachment which I prefer. I'm just not a fan controller type of guy, and rather the motherboard take the guess work out of the equation.
Performs much better than expected with right thermal paste
Ellie "Eilean Siar", Amazon
6 October 2013
Summary: To start, my previous Zalman was a 3-wire CPU cooler, not a 4-wire PWM BIOS controlled CPU fan like this and it was a disappointment. I couldn't get it to cool my previous build of an AMD A10 system any better that to 43C. That included using an ATX case and three 120mm fans. Nonetheless, I ordered this. It was simplicity itself to install on my latest build, also using an AMD A10 APU, but this time I may have made a critical difference. For the better.
Summary: This is my second fan from Zalman, I also have a chassis from them. Always high quality products. I was a bit taken aback by the exposed copper heat pipes and previously the aluminum heat sink pad was built all the way around it creating a perfectly flat side to mount to the CPU but it's well machines and perfectly flat and when you use the thermal paste no problems with voids. CPU runs 32-35 on idle and only 45 under load (i7-4770). highly recommended!
Pros: Well built, sleek, compact design, directional airflow, super easy to install.
Cons: The little pegs to adjust from 775-1150 sizing can be a bit weird to get size until it you mount it in the holes.
Summary: Quiet, easy to install and very happy with how I am able to overclock. Nice design. Great customer service. I didnt think this would be anything spectacular, but I am very pleasantly surprised.
Pros: First off My CPU - AMD Phenom II x 4 965 (3.4Ghz) 125 Watt
Cons: Though a lot quieter then the stock heatsink, it is still the loudest thing in my case. Of course my tower sits right next to my monitor, so this is probably the only reason I notice it as much as I do.