Summary: I have a very low-end micro-ATX case that wouldn't be able to fit a single-tower cooler like the CM 212+/Evo. This one fits the bill. The case doesn't have an optical drive or a dust cover for the opti-bay, so I can hear the fan but only when it's spinning very fast. It also does the job well.
Pros: Low profile. Quiet enough. Cools very well. Perpendicular heat sink blades are much easier to clean (with compressed air) compared to the orientation of the blades of the CM 212+ in our higher-end computer.
Cons: It took a lot of force to get the mounting armature to grab onto the mounting bracket. It really felt like it was putting a tremendous amount of pressure on the CPU.
Summary: love the "wheel" design of the heatsink but wish that these manufacturers would be more mindful of coming too close to the memory modules
Pros: I had another Zalman product (CNPS 9700) that was all aluminum. It was a lot larger than this product, but I downsized because I was buying a new processor and wasn't overlocking this time. I found that this little guy could cool just as efficiently as the larger 9700, plus it is easier to clean....
Summary: I wanted a CPU fan that was quieter then what I had on my AM2. At this low price this model was worth a shot. I have had several Zalman CPU coolers over the years and did not regretted buying Zalman. I still don't. The install was a breeze. Consider what you want the cooler to do.
Pros: Good Price Free Shipping Thermal Grease INCLUDED Fits as advertised Pretty Darn Quiet The power cable is not too long so it doesn't get caught up in other fans
Summary: I bought this after installing a higher end CPU on an old computer. The stock cooler wasn't up to par and I didn't want to spend a lot on a heatsink and fan for an old computer. This greatly improved the temperatures and even after a year it's as quiet as a church mouse.
Pros: - Quiet - Superior to my stock cooler - Cheap
Cons: After well over a year I haven't experience any cons.
Summary: At 35-38c idle and 70-75c during most games, it's only marginally cooler than my stock, but the temperature wasn't the reason that one needed replacing, it was the noise. This one did a great job at resolving that problem.
Pros: -Very quiet -Decent cooling -Easy to install/uninstall -Lightweight
Cons: -Covers most, but not all of the processor -Could be cooler
Summary: I'm not pushing my computer to do anything other than basic web browsing, some HD video watching, and music listening.
Pros: Very nearly silent. I installed this in my computer more than a year ago. With a high-quality psu, SSD, and no case fans, for a long time I couldn't even tell if my computer was on or not unless I put my ear right up to the side of the case. I paid ten bucks and I couldn't have been happier.
Cons: Over time, the fan has gotten a little bit louder. I am very picky about noise, and I still find it tolerable. At this point I would call the noise barely perceptable.
Summary: I got this for my HTPC, which is using an old AM2 board with an Athlon 64 X2 5000+, which is 65 watts. Can't find anywhere that says what the max wattage this cooler can handle, but for the physical size 65 watts should be no problem. Watching 1080p youtube pushes the CPU temps into the high 60's.
Pros: Nice design Good size Low profile Lightweight
Cons: Inadequately cools my AM2 processor Base does not cover entire CPU heat spreader Fan quite loud at top speed No heatpipes, but that's why it's cheap Base is not smooth, has some rough texture