Summary: Compared to a Hyper 212 EVO, this cooler costs more, runs warmer, makes more noise, and falls apart.
Pros: Works better than a stock intel cooler, and looks nice.
Cons: I used an i5-4690k at 4.4ghz with a Hyper 212 EVO at first, but I couldn't get the panel on my case. This CNPS9500 lets the cover fit, but temperatures are a little higher, and the noise is much greater! Because other reviews mentioned problems with the 2 screws holding the spring to the square b...
Summary: Zalman CNPS9500. I installed this huge monster on a heavily used E3 Xeon server with a raid controller, expander and 10 hard drives. On the old Zalman about 15% the size you could just hear this server located in the corner of my room if you focused on listening for its sound.
Pros: Never got it installed (see below), so I have no idea how good it is.
Cons: One of the thumb nuts was missing the insert tor the bolts to screw into. I was going to purchase on in the store, but since this is a M3 nut, stores don't carry them; you have to buy them online, Came with a rebate, so I couldn't send it back without invalidating the rebate with a replacement mo...
Summary: I have my motherboard setup to do CPU smart fan control so the fan doesn't go more than 1500 RPM and is super quiet. Stock E8500 @ 3.16 and idle temps are 30C in a 76F room! Prime95 small FFTs doesn't take it above 55-56C while still maintaining 1500 RPM! Arctic Silver 5 for the thermal paste.
Pros: Copper, Easy to install, Super quiet at low rpms
Not the best but good at what it's supposed to do.
1 July 2015
Summary: I ordered this because I wanted a quieter CPU cooler. I had the old gen 1 V8 cooler by CoolerMaster. This did a good job but my new case could not accommodate it. Let's cut to the chase then shall we.
Summary: I just installed this in my Dell Inspiron Desktop with a Q6600 2.4Ghz overclocked to 3Ghz. Wow, it's running at 10C cooler and the fan bolted right into the mainboard with no need to remove it! So far so good! The Tuiniq TX-2 and Arctic Clean were used for the install and I'm happy with the results.
Summary: I have a Intel Core i5 4670K @ 3.40GHz on a SABERTOOTH Z87 (SOCKET 1150) motherboard. I was already switching cases so I figured I'd get a new CPU fan to help with the cooling. The install wasn't bad at all apart from the blood sacrifice.
Cools good .... install leaves a lot to be desired
Cory B., Newegg
15 May 2015
Summary: Let me start this review by saying that my old Thermaltake cooler was much better than this and I wish I could have it back but the new case I bought was an inch too short to accommodate it and I didn't want to mess with returning it and getting a different case so I just bought a slightly smaller...
Pros: Does a good job of cooling.... once you get it installed. Doesn't hang over the motherboard making it a good fit in a tight case Lighter than some other aftermarket coolers
Cons: Screws are too short More components than necessary to mount the bracket Plastic bracket (see Other thoughts below)