Summary: Use the loader block even though it's not required for a LGA 1366 mount. Oh, and use arctic silver 5 instead of the goo zalman gives you of course.
Pros: Does it's job; cools my i7 down several degrees cooler than the stock cooler. Also small form factor allows for placement in a sff case with limited overhead.
Cons: The installation manual is somewhat misleading. It suggests that for a LGA 1366 (i7), the loader block is not required. However, without this block, the cooler didn't have good contact with my CPU and temperatures soared to the dangerous 100C mark.
Summary: Very quite compared to my stock fan/heatsink.
Pros: Combined with Arctic Silver 5 this fan/heatsink lowered my temp by 4°.
Cons: After a few hours of use that fan began to make strange noises. It doesnt happen all the time but it sounds like a bearing problem. So far its a minor annoyance and Im hoping it doesnt become something more...
Pros: It's a neat looking cooler. The "Zalman" on the sides is really cool looking. Does a good job over a stock heatsink.
Cons: Zalman says this is low profile, but it wouldn't fit in the slim case I wanted it for. Boo hiss. Also, the copper base isn't perfectly flat. Under stress, the cores of the processor were at about a 4 degree C difference. That limited my overclocking options.
Summary: Part of a build with: -Athena Red/Black slim ATX case with EPS-12V 470W Power Supply -AMD X4 Phenom 9750 95W 2.4GHz Quad Core -Zotac Geforce 9800GT Amp! Edition -2 X 2GB Corsair Dominator DDR2 1066 SDRAM with air flow fan -ASUS M3A78-EM MicroATX motherboard -Western Digital 320G 7200RPM Harddisk...
Pros: Very effective cooling. Able to make a 20*C drop in temperature for my CPU Very well built heatsink
Cons: Hard to install. The intended clipping mechanism cannot get the cooler installed - it is too tight. I ended up having to unscrew the retention bracket from the motherboard and clip it on first before installing by screwing the whole thing in. It was a lot of hassle but then the tightness also mea...
Pros: Keeps the CPU from bursting into flames, fits into my shuttle case without too much hassle, reasonably quiet, easy installation/nice bracket mounting, reasonably priced, and, well, it's a Zalman.
Cons: My E8500 idles at around 43C and at load is close to 55C. A little warm, but not too hot. Almost didn't fit onto my motherboard due to the heatpipes.
Summary: This heatsink I have in 2 computers. One because I needed one in a tower in a pinch and this was the only one in stock @ my local geek-shop. that one runs at full speed in a tower and it's pretty loud.
Pros: fits snuggly in my microatx case on an Intel DG33TL Motherboard. cools well.
Cons: a little loud when the speed is turned up above 2200 rpms. Lack of MB controlled fan speed. awkward having to place the speed control in a place you can get at it but be inconspicuous.
Summary: GIGABYTE GA-MA78GPM-DS2H, Phenom 9950, and Antec 1380... you get a SFF with gaming potential on the cheap with quality components. Doesn't get any better...
Pros: Fits in tight spaces. I have it installed in a Antec 1380 SFF and it fits (a bit tightly, but hey it fits). On my particular motherboard, GIGABYTE GA-MA78GPM-DS2H, it fits without taking over any memory slots!! Keeps my Phenom 9950 under 45 C at FULL load.
Cons: Not as quiet as other Zalmans, although to be fair, I connected directly to the MB and not to the included fan speed adjustment thingy...
Summary: I got this because the stock e8400 fan/heatsink was tiny and kinda loud, plus I hate installing those push pin coolers. I was also considering the 9700 but came to the conclusion that it was just too much for this cpu. The 8000 is a good compromise.
Pros: Easy installation. Much better than push pin on stock cooler. Lowered my load temps 10C over stock cooler. Fit perfectly on the Gigabyte EP35-DS4 motherboard. Does not block memory slots. Very quiet fan. I can hardly hear it at the full 2600 rpm. My case fans are way louder than this thing.
Cons: None, espically considering I got a refurbished one of these for less than half price on e**y. Sorry Newegg, however I did buy the Gigabyte EP35-DS4, e8400, 8800GTS, HDD, Memory, and case from you.
Pros: Fits, I have a LianLi PCG50B Case with a P5K Premium and a PC power and cooling 850turbo SSI P/S. This case is unorthodox in how the P/S is over where the cpu is. Only 2.75 inches clearance. Works well with my overclocked X3210@3.6ghz. Thats a 70% overclock and the Zalman keeps it cool. I also ha...