Summary: Like other people have stated, being that it is only a 3-pin fan I had to manually control RPM. I tucked the controller on the back side of my case, otherwise it is an eyesore. I like my case clutter-free.
Pros: -Copper to pick up the heat and aluminum to dissipate it -Cools surrounding hardware on mobo, specifically the VRMs, RAM, and NB -Lighter than other coolers I've used -Decent heat dissipation for its size
Cons: -Can be a challenge to mount, those little fins will bite you -Controller is a little flimsy, over the years the knob on the controller is a little loose. It still works but it could have been made stronger.
Summary: Did a good job at keeping an older 45W AMD quad core cool -- under 40C at full load in a 2U chassis. I was running this for a while with an AMD FX-8150 (out of its rated TDP range, I know, I know...).
Pros: It's nice and quiet, looks halfway decent and does a good job of cooling.
Cons: Design doesn't allow for efficient ducted/directed airflow.
Summary: I built my PC to produce music and needed a quieter fan, and this baby works great. It makes some noise on its highest setting, but it keeps my PC cool on its lowest setting, so I am pleased with it. Also I was worried it wouldn't fit an AM3+ socket...but it does.
Pros: The fan is quiet and the heatsink and LED are stylish.
Cons: I wish it had a four pin connect so my PC could auto-control the fan instead of a manual control
Summary: Honestly I've sorta half-wanted one of these for awhile now, never really had a need until I built a media server that constantly runs in the livingroom. Guesswhat? I'm back to the stocker. With the cost and hassle of sending things back, I seriously doubt I'll bother.
Pros: Lights up, looks neat, moves air.
Cons: Noisier than the stock AMD cooler it replaced, even with the controller set around mid-way. What's the point??? Perhaps I got a bad fan? I'm unsure how noisy they generally are, but I can hear a distinct motor noise over the sound of the air off the blades, SERIOUSLY obnoxious, unless the fan's k...
Summary: It is VERY loud. I have the NZXT phantom and thought it was the 200mm fan, but after turning off the case fans, i discovered it was this. Its probably also due to the fact that my case has a grate, not acrylic as a window, so the air moving creates the sound.
Pros: -Does the job -doesn't obstruct anything -pure eye candy if you case has a window
Huge, bulky, hard to install, but does great work.
Zachary M., Newegg
1 August 2012
Summary: Bought this to mount on an ASRock ATX Z77 Pro3 motherboard. The huge dissipating fins on the cooler extend so far out that they cover the first RAM slot on the motherboard. Very glad I only had two sticks of RAM to put in the computer.
Pros: -Very efficient cooler -VERY quiet, even at maximum RPM -Comes with external fan controller -Blue LED light is pretty cool, if you're into that
Cons: -It's way too big. -It's WAY TOO BIG. -It's got one of those see-saw latches -Very difficult to install
Summary: I Have this cooler inside a Thermaltake v9 black edition (replaced the red flan with a blue fan) and the whole rig looks fantasic! I did want a different Zalman cpu cooler, but my case was a little too small for the other ones.
Pros: Works great and looks beautiful. Replaced the stock cooler for the AMD FX-8150 and the cooling is better than I expected. I ran a torture test with Prime95 and maxed out the internal core temperatures to 51C.
Cons: Maybe a LITTLE loud for me, when accompanied by the other 4 fans inside my rig, but I guess I can't really complain when my rig stays this cool.