Cons: most coolers i have had clip into the board. this fan requires 6 screws. it is impossible to secure the final 2 screws and hold the cooler in place with just 1 person. while you have 1 hand on the screw driver and 1 hand holding the clip in place, the cooler is sliding around getting thermal past...
Summary: Cools a stock i5-4690k very well, but I wasn't able to get much of an overclock in before the CPU was throttling under load. However, it did perform well for an air cooler of it's size and price point. I used this in an orange colored build and the copper fit in nicely and the shape draws attention.
Pros: - Cooling performance - Small footprint - Unique look
Cons: - Mounting Hardware - Sharp and thin heatsink fins
Summary: It's pretty and well constructed. But, as others have said, the mounting setup for AM3+ stuff is simply the worst I have seen. I have built many systems (15 years worth) and many with aftermarket fan setups.
Installation was extremely difficult, even with instructions provided. ...
ian's iPhone Repair, LLC, Amazon
1 October 2015
Summary: Installation was extremely difficult, even with instructions provided. The bracket that holds the cooler on top of the CPU was not bent at a steep enough angle for the screws to pass all the way through from the bottom.
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.