Summary: Screws on the new heatsink worked with the mounting bracket already on the motherboard. Checked after I had installed the one that came with the heatsink. Would rather have used the original, but the adhesive on the pad is d??? good and I didn't want to damage the mobo trying to remove it.
Pros: Compact size. 15C cooler than stock cooler (probably wasn't too difficult, considering how bad the oem was). Had to fit on a micro-atx in an APEVIA X-QPACK-BL/420 case. Fits an AMD A8 3850 processor much better than the stock cooler. Stock cooler did not cover the entire surface of the chip (impr...
Cons: No thermal paste in the little packet, which is why I knocked it an egg. I opened it up all the way to be sure. Not very happy that I had to hunt for my nearly empty bottle of thermal grease. Side brackets are a little flimsy, but they hold the heatsink firmly against the c.p.u. I got what I paid...
Summary: I bought this because the stock heatsink/fan combo on my Dell Inspiron 518 was getting noisy. The drawback to using aftermaket fans on this mobo is that Dell uses a 4-pin connect for some stupid reason, resulting in no mobo-controlled speed function.
Pros: Simple design, relatively quiet
Cons: Complicated back support plate install, rather unsightly speed control on the outside of the PC enclosure
Summary: not quite sure about this so I decided to put this up for some later usage, bought a Scythe SCSK-1100 100mm Shuriken Rev. B 3. turns out to be a good move to the Scythe i5-760 @ 3.4GHz EVGA P55 SLI mATX
Pros: Zalman customer service - mine came with a few missing parts, after email to Zalman, new parts USPS shipping. A+.. looks and low-profile. copper pipes. mATX nice fit and not blocking any RAM slots.
Cons: needed to be a 4-pin version. using pin adapter but not the same effect. INSTALL AND HARDWARE - LGA1156 not the best tight secure fit, I did finally get it on but feels it could be done (built) better.
Summary: I had good experiences with Zalman in the past, this cooler only reinforces it.
Pros: Works way better than stock 2500k. Dropped my max temps from 92C (eegad, yes I know) to ~65C on high. Very quiet, on low, I can't hear it over the hard drives. Used the thermal paste that came with it because I lost my Arctic Silver, but it seems like good quality. It's mounted on an ASUS P8P67-M...
Cons: I had to move my RAM over a slot, no problem for me, but could definitely be for others. Installation took a while, but that was expected.
Summary: I have not been monitoring my temps nor did I ever try the stock cooler but it seems to be doing fine through long sessions of maxed out setting gaming, no crashes so I assume no overheats! I am not an over-clocker either, but like I said it seems to be doing a fine job!
Pros: Quiet, Cool, Good price
Cons: Could not get ram into first slots on GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H AM3 but it was OK because I only needed two slots.
Summary: Caution: install your cpu, then mount the fan with a thin (!), even film of thermal grease (supplied), on both parts (cpu and fan plate). Be sure to mount the fan before inserting your mobo into your chassis.
Pros: The liquid cooler (heatsink and fan combo) is very well made and packaged nicely. All hardware was available and the instructions were excellent. It mounted to my LGA 1155 socket with i7-2600K processor without difficulty. Highly recommended.
Cons: The fan connector did not match my motherboard fan power connectors, and the instructions did not show variations for different manuf's boards. It could be that my ASUS Maximus IV Extreme mobo is so new, that Zalman hasn't quite caught up yet. We'll see.
Summary: My first review. Got this HSF with a new mobo (msi 880) and 8 gigs of g.skill ddr3. I still have my old athlon II x3 435 rana, but with such a powerful, effective and quiet HSF, I can envision this allowing me more headroom to OC down the line.
Pros: Solid construction, good looking, low profile. Came with a thermal paste, but I also bought Arctic Silver 5 thermal compound, so I didn't need it. Keeps my CPU very cool, around ambient temp idle (25-27C) and after 5 minutes of Prime 95, 35C (stock clock). So far so good. Also, I think it is pret...
Cons: I don't see any so far, some are complaining about difficult installation. Two words: patience patience! It's a little annoying when you actually get to the mounting part, because the copper heat tubing wraps around a side, and sticks out, over where you are mounting (if you are using AM3) and ma...