Summary: this is an excellent cooler, i currently have one cooling a amd pii hexacore with idle temps in the 22 c range and 38 to 41 at load during video encoding, have another one cooling a pii quad. worst part was getting it on.
Pros: great cooling, a pretty blue light.
Cons: a pretty blue light and a little difficult to put into place
Summary: Got this for a rebuild of a 775 quad CPU MB. It only came with the 775 bracket, which was fine for me, but if you plan on using one on an 1155/1156 build plan on doing an RMA to get the bracket, at least until existing stocks run out.
Pros: Runs quiet (not silent), cools well, blue LED will work well with the blue LED case fans in my case.
Cons: Getting the bracket mounted on an Intel board is a pain! The bottom bracket doesn't fit snugly into the holes, so you have to hold it top and bottom while you get the screws started. If Dynatron can make a 775 bottom bracket that fit snugly into the holes in the MB for their P985, I do not see wh...
Summary: I've used Zalman products before and I likely will again. Their products look good, they work well, and are constantly being updated to match the latest products they cool.
Pros: This will keep the CPU cooler than most stock fans. At max CPU load the fan is only slightly louder.
Cons: There is a slight hum to the fan so I wouldn't use it in a silent machine. Also, the included bracket was not the one mentioned in the details note. Had I not had to rush out and buy the 1155/1156 bracket locally, I would have given 4/5 eggs.
Also discovered that it is not compatible with 1155/1156
Robert G., Newegg
24 May 2011
Summary: This fan is quite large. I have the Rosewill Armor case which is midsize I imagine that if I were to install it, there wouldn't be much room left in the case, especially with all of the wiring. If you have a larger (full-size) case, I imagine you could make it work.
Pros: I'm sure it would work great if I could actually get it to work.
Cons: ***IF YOU HAVE AN 1155/1156 CPU, DON'T BUY THIS WITHOUT ADDITIONAL BRACKET. After opening the box and trying to install this cooler I learned that the included mounting brackets don't actually fit with my ASUS P8P67 Pro and i-5 2500K. Screw holes are just a tad off. I requested my RMA and will lo...
Summary: The stock AMD fan used to rev at over 5k and sounded like a 1U server. It would get this high when CPU utilization was only 20%. Now this puppy revs at 1500 rpm or so until the CPU reaches about 50C when I'm running prime 95, at which point it climbs quickly to slightly over 2k rpm.
Pros: Low-profile (fits in my HTPC case) Quiet Cools better than the stock cooler that came with the AMD Phenom II x4 945 Can't see the Blue LED at all
Cons: Retention clip is tricky to install Can't tell when my CPU is highly utilized, it' so quiet :-)
Cons: Contrary to the description on Newegg, this HSF is *only* compatible with LGA775 Intel processors. The included clip and bracket are slightly too small for LGA1155/1156 (Lynnfield/Clarkfield/Sandy Bridge) socket CPUs.
Summary: I was hoping for stockish temps with less noise, and to a point I got it. Minus a few degree's idle and a few more under load. However, in my setup, once the metal warmed up it tended to stay warm, which the stock one didn't do.
Pros: Low profile, large fan, slightly less noise than the Phenom IIx4 stock cooler.
Cons: Not sufficient for my needs, back to the stock cooler.
Summary: Measure your motherboard layout before buying...use your brain and you wont waste any of your time.
Pros: Very low noise output, PLUS it fit perfectly in my slim HTPC case. Not only can I barely tell it is on without listening for it, but it has dropped my temps across the board! This CPU fan and heatsink is a pure beast. Much more than just any CPU fan. Great price compared to what it has done...sil...
Summary: I don't use the thermal compound the cooler comes with. I use Arctic Silver Ceramique and have been using it since 2004 when I read a great review back then and have used it faithfully since.
Pros: This cooler installs fairly easy on amd's using the stock mounting brackets already on the motherboard. Use's the 4 pin power connector for cool and quiet. On the 4 PC's I installed these on (two amd 1090's , one 940 BE , and one 840) , they all idle at 30 C or less. Under heavy loads the average...
Cons: Only con I could imagine would be the blue led fan , it doesn't bother me but it may bother some who don't want a led fan.
Summary: Taller than stock. Will not fit in low profile cases. IDIOTIC BLUE LED! I don't want my htpc case lighting up the room. Serves no purpose other than annoy and perhaps impress the braindead. ooo! blue! Will have to return it.
Pros: Might work well if you're looking for dorkage and not a low profile fan for an HTPC case.