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: Compared to the heavy aluminum brackets I've seen on some of their older fans, my first impression of the cheesy looking, stamped metal strap that's used to secure the fan wasn't all that positive. Their not including all the screws to even install the unit sealed the deal for me.
Pros: It looks good.
Cons: Stamped metal strap to secure the fan to the CPU
Summary: When I bought this cooler, it only came with a bracket for LGA 775. Fast forward to today, I'm upgrading and want to use this thing for LGA 1150. To make it work, I have to get a new bracket, ZM-CS5B, which is sold out everywhere except for one guy trying to auction it for $30.
Pros: Very quiet Less susceptible to dust clogging than other coolers Cools fairly well
Cons: Design isn't the most efficient Limited socket support
I ended up getting the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO and I'm much happier with that
1 November 2014
Summary: It was actually LOUDER than the stock fan that came with my Intel LGA 1156 chip. I couldn't stand it and just had to return it. I ended up getting the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO and I'm much happier with that.
The item description is INCORRECT - Not compatible with LGA1366!!!!!
Amazon Customer, Amazon
6 June 2014
Summary: While I am sure this is an excellent product, the fan is not compatible with LGA 1366 CPU's. The only mounting bracket is for Intel Sockets 1155/1156/775. I now have to go through the return process and wait for a refund.
Summary: I didn't install this because of the problems with it. I didn't have the computer to watch videos to install the thing, but you shouldn't need to have such videos if the instructions were printed correctly or possibly given me the wrong parts.
Pros: Haven't used it long enough to get any pros
Cons: Sharp! This thing will cut you. Also I had a problem with installation with the bar holding it down coming up at a weird angle. I didn't want to force the bar down because doing so might break the mother board.
Summary: As another reviewer mentioned, the screws provided were too short. I tried to install on 1156 cpu last week. The bracket/mb adapter (not shown in pics) installs without issue, but the retention bar (spring loaded) has short screws that won't engage the bracket attached to the mb.
Pros: None, yet
Cons: Retention bar screws too short, mounting hardware small considering fan size, difficult to install (compared to Intel fan)
Summary: Purchase was for a brand new computer (LGA 1155). Immediately replaced this unit with Noctua NH-D14 which has much better quality construction, and worth the extra money. Get it instead.
Pros: Heatsink and fan construction is quality, materials are quality. Cool appearance. Not too large or heavy. Ran the fan outside of the system for a while, and it's quiet. There's a version with LED if you prefer.
Cons: The "bolts" (screws, really) stripped incredibly easily (and are slightly too short even when the HS/F is under no tension whatsoever). One of them released suddenly after installation and shot across the room. The strap to hold the HS/F to a cheap-feeling plastic bracket comes bent to various de...