Summary: Bracket was easy to install too. Taking 1 egg only because you can't use it without the damg ugly controller.
Pros: Looks and feels nice and expensive. Heavy. Temps are cool, but in all honesty they were cool with the stock fan too.
Cons: That scheisse fan controller is some ugly scheisse, and you HAVE to use it, no choice. Without it the fan is loud as hell. I spend a lot of time in cable management, and taking this outside, and sticking it to my pretty case was horrible. Had to hide it somehow.
Summary: Mounted to an i5 2500k @ 4.0 ghz, 1.225 volts. Replaced with a Cooler Master Gemini 2 which keeps things under 70 even with a few hours of Prime95.
Pros: Nothing I can think of.
Cons: 1. LOUD - Let me clarify by stating I bought this for an HTPC build, so low noise is crucial. On anything but the lowest speed setting, this thing reminds me of an old, off-balance CD-ROM drive. That's the exact sound I think of when I hear this spin up.
Summary: I'm running on the AMD Athalon II X4 640 at 95w. I read the other reviews on here and a lot of them were saying "The force required to install in the amd socket is outrageous. I don't know how strong they are, and sure it is higher than most other heatsinks and fans but it's really no big deal if you just put some muscle into it.
Pros: Good cooling, Quiet.
Cons: A tiny bit tricky for Amd processors(but not really) wouldn't reccomend for processors over like 95w.
Summary: The Zalman CNPS8700 LED is basically the same design, but all cooper & with heatpipes. Choose this model if your CPU uses more than 95 watts.
Pros: I choose this cooler, because the fan actually faces the side window of my PC case, allowing the glowing LED FAN to be more visible. The blue glow nice & bright & sexy! I ran this with an AMD Phenom II X2 550 & I never had any heating issues.
Cons: Not compatible with Phenom processors that uses 95 watts or greater. I have to ditch this cooler in order to upgrade to a 6-core processor.
Summary: I picked these up on clearance for 30% off. For the price they're excellent value. The actual cooler design is classic Zalman, slivers of alu and cu held together under pressure then polished where they meet the heatsink. You have to remove the stock intel clip to install it on an AMD CPU. It's fiddly work, but not difficult at all and much easier than installing the Intel variant which requires the motherboard to be removed.
Pros: Zalman design and quality.
Cons: 3 wire fans, not PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) compatible.
Summary: The unit is pretty solid once back together and installation didn't require some of the gymnastics that some cheaper brands put you through. Fan speed typical as 2300 RPM. 95 watt Phenom x3 CPU set up per stock settings measures in the 41 degrees C range most of the time. Would work fine with the newer 82 Watt Athlon II CPUs and anything in the 65 Watt range.
Pros: Does the job. Looks real nice and is very quiet.
Cons: Awkward installation for AMD users. The Intel spring clip is installed by default so the AMD version has to be installed in it's place. That means the fan has to be removed from the heatsink part. Not very hard but it took patience. The trick is to line the clip up in the channel and hold it while the screws go back in it.
Not a substantial improvement over stock Intel heatsink
Thomas R., Newegg
17 October 2010
Summary: - Being a noob, I installed 3 times with different applications of Artic Silver: First time, too much paste, ran 5c hotter than stock. Second time, not enough paste, ran way too hot (idled at 59c!), 3rd time followed directions from Artic's website, came back down to ~ stock readings. Spent way too much time with isopropyl and q-tips.
Pros: - Low profile so it fits in an HTPC case, mine being a Lian Li PC-C33B
Cons: - Uses nuts-and-bolts mounting bracket for Intel 1156, so you have to remove the MB to install. However, attachment more solid and secure than stock heatsink.
Summary: Not a bad cooler but it wasn't quiet enough for me to want to continue using it in my HTPC so I ended up replacing it with a different cooler that was noticeably quieter while still being about the same height and only a bit wider.
Pros: -Low height, fits in my less than 4" tall Antec MicroFusion Remote 350 case.
Cons: -Still audible to my sensitive ears from several feet away even when spinning at low speeds.
Summary: *Once again, make sure if you're using it for an AMD processor that the latch is set up right. Also if the latch is set right, you don't even need a screwdriver as the instructions say you can just use your finger.
Pros: *Keeps CPU cool.
Cons: *I would have taken a half egg off if I could but this is mostly user error: switching the latches from the Intel latch to the AMD is kind of a pain and you really have to make sure you don't mess it up otherwise you can't push it down to lock.