Summary: If the clearance at the edges had been higher there'd be no issues with the ram (except for really tall chips). Even just bringing in the size a couple millimeters would have solved the biggest con.
Pros: Well made, durable, good size, extra parts included
Cons: The fan spreads out too far too low, taking up space within the adjoining ram slots. Inserting the ram first lets you use the ram slots, but the heatsink will make contact with the ram chip - which is not desirable in the least.
Summary: I don't review many products on here but I just wanted to say this is absolutely the best cooler I've ever purchased. I needed to replace my worn out aftermarket HSF on my AMD FX rig which has poor airflow to begin with.
Fits well, Copper is great, Fan is LOUD at full RPM
Daniel L., Newegg
2 May 2013
Summary: Despite a few cons, I'm happy with the price and overall quality of this unit. Without the fan-mate RPM controller, however, I'd be returning this unit for being too noisy.
Pros: You can't beat copper for conducting heat. This medium sized copper heatsink and fan has a somewhat compact design (without being "too small" IMO) that should fit into your case without a lot of hassles. Fan-Mate RPM controller is a lifesaver for noise issues.. see "Cons" below...
Cons: Fan is NOISY at full RPM. It sounds a bit like a wood chipper. Within 2 hours, I installed the fan-mate controller and turned the RPMs almost all the way down. The included thermal grease is a joke. It's zinc oxide, (the stuff you use on your nose at the beach to prevent sunburn) and mine was "wa...
Pros: Cooler seems to be doing a decent job. Idle temps are around 30-35 Celcius. I haven't OC'd yet.
Cons: One major con with this cooler is it's size. I installed this on a AsRock Z77 Extreme4 and it extends into the first Ram slot. I had future plans to install 4x4GB chips but that's not going to happen now.
Pros: The heat sink performs great and it looks really cool in the case.
Cons: After about a year the fan of the heat sink slowly started to die, the bearing went off kilter and the fan blades started to clip the inside edge of the copper sink fins making an awful noise... Eventually I got sick of it and bought a new 100mm fan and replaced it with some engineering skills. I...