Summary: Though installation was involved, it was not unreasonably so: Unlike one other reviewer, I did not have a difficult time screwing in the fan to the support. Granted, to remove the motherboard entirely just to install a new CPU fan is pretty serious, but it's straightforward--and anyway, if you're...
Pros: The fan cools well, fits just fine. The fan cools well: In degrees Celsius, I went from 50 idle / 70 load to 28/50. (Admittedly, I was needing to reapply some thermal grease when I made the change, so I expect most people will experience less dramatic results) The fan fits fine: I am using a Sock...
Cons: Installation was involved: I had to replace the stock CPU-fan support plate with the one provided by Zalman. To replace the plate I had to take my motherboard completely out from my case. This meant disconnecting everything. Though installation was involved, it was not unreasonable. (see "other t...
Summary: granted it cools better than the thermaltake i had before, but... only by a little bit. i'll do better research next time.
Pros: fairly smooth finish on base, lighter than the all-copper model, fins look like they'd dissipate heat really well. oh and it really is whisper quiet on all but the highest speeds.
Cons: the area where the air from the fan actually goes (straight down) doesn't allow for air to get through very well, and as such, gets covered with dust fairly easily. the heat doesn't usually make it out to the tips of the fins which are the most air-available spots.
Summary: Overall I think it was a good buy for the price, an upgrade from the cheap coolers and not overly expensive. It probably will run even to slightly better to most stock coolers, and its got a huge compatibility range making it nice for a ton of boards if u ever move it.
Pros: Nice and shinny fins that don't cut you like other massive heatsinks. Seems to do its job holds an open box 3800+ Venice at 35C. Install was easy after the first step (see cons) Its semi quiet.
Cons: The whole mobo has to be removed to install this in 90% of the cases out there. This is because it required (at least for a 939 install) a new backplate behind the processor socket. It was 12:30am and I got home and really wanted to see my new processor in action, ended up being 2:15am till I tur...
Summary: I wouldn't say that its large size is a con, but needs to be considered as it might be a very tight fit. It is currently mounted to my socket 462 Athlon XP 1700+. Yes that hardware IS included, and it did take some time and effort to mount. Also it is true, the fins can be quite sharp.
Pros: Comes with a vast array of mounting options. Better cooling than the old, old Athlon stock coolers as it lowered my idle temps about 5c. Copper core and adjustable fan speeds are nice at this price range.
Cons: Not solid copper, not suited for top end air cooling or over clocking. Fins are very thin and easily bent! Handle with care!
Summary: I went from a 3200 to an X2 4200 (939). The 3200 was at stock speed, running at about 39C. The 4200, I dropped in when I replaced the stock heat sink. I OCed the 4200 AND it's running 10 degrees cooler.
Pros: Great design, but most importantly, very effective.
Cons: Had to remove motherboard to install, but that's to be expected when replacing a stock fan.
Summary: Make sure you have enough clearance going across the heatsink's metal bar otherwise you will have to mod your motherboard like I did.
Pros: Fan is very silent. I bought this as an alternative heatsink replacement for a Socket A (462) motherboard. It works very nice and has an additional fan speed controller that you can hook up. I can not even hear anything in my PC when I boot up.
Cons: A bit complicated to install. *Warning* Any owners of Abit N7S boards will have trouble installing this fan. A capacitor sits in the way of the fan so you will have to remove the capacitor and re-solder the capacitor somewhere else. I had to remove the capacitor and reinstall it somewhere else.