Summary: Though I listed a few cons I'll give this bad boy 5 eggs for how ridiculous it performs, even on toasty CPUs like the 8350.
Pros: - Excellent cooling performance - Great price - Easy and flexible mounting - Good solid construction I've had this cooler for about 5 years now and it's cooled 3 different processors and it still works like a charm. As of right now I am using an FX-8350 (4.5Ghz) idling around 19-20C. Under heavy load (Prime95 small FFT) it hits around 40C top end. Only ever seen my CPU push 50C when the GPU is spitting fire.
Cons: - LED is kind of weak, but not really a big deal. - Fanmate is next to useless - Used a 3-pin so you can't control fan speed with software. - Somewhat loud, but not too bad.
Summary: Has held up over years and years of use. Fan still spins with no issues. I am getting ready to move it to another build for my kids.
Pros: I have had this thing for years. First went on my AMD 955. It did ok but I wanted cooler temps for overclocking so I upgraded that cooler to a huge megahlems and stuck this on an old AMD X2 6400 that ran really hot with it's stock cooler and it brought the temps down about 20°C. Didn't OC it just wanted to extend the life.
Summary: This is my first build, so I started off with a lot of questions, but now I am dead in the water. This set up wouldn't bother me so much, except the company seems very difficult to get a hold of, and after searching the internet for quite some time, nobody seems to have the set up I received in the mail.
Pros: Nice looking fan, blades spin freely, looks like it would be very effective.
Cons: Unit arrived without a backing plate. There are four independent nuts that sit on the back of the motherboard, and this does match the instructions, but it seems lacking for such a heavy set up. There was also no screwing the fan down, just one latch that fastens over the top, leaving the entire unit free to rotate with very little pressure.
Summary: Installed in Rosewill Blackhawk case, with room to spare, will mount vert or horiz, tried both, horz mount seems to run cooler,less noise also, fit mobo no problem, 8320 am3+, lowered temps 15f , will see final temps when cpu paste burns in. did not use speed control, did use supplied paste.
Summary: When this thing arrives and you open your newegg box and see it for the first time. You will be amazed at how big it is. You will not feel like you bought some measly Hyper 212. You bought the cooling beast.
Pros: The cooling, It is superb! I have owned this for 7 years and 4 months. It has never let me down. This is the second machine its been in. Original Fan. Its all COPPER!
Cons: The mounting for AMD is a bit tricky if you don't figure it out right away. It had me stumped for about 10 seconds. The bracket goes in a certain way. Directions did help. This item is HUGE. I find that more of a pro than a con though. the fan LEDs are not as bright after 7 years... Yeah...
Summary: I hate returns. It takes a while to get a label and two weeks later it arrives... So I improvised with trusty prybar and needle nose pliers. It no longer hits the fins. not perfectly centered and cpu is 30 degrees cooler under load. First time buying Zalmann, last time buying Zalmann. Only get one chance to make a first impression.
Pros: ordered two from the egg. Rebate on one... First one worked great, dropped loaded cpu temp 30 degrees better than stock intel fan/sink.
Cons: As for the second unit the fan was off-center. Blades were hitting the cooling fins making an unbearable noise....vibration transfer to mobo, cpu, UGH! Package was totally undamaged and none of the fins were bent. It appears the fan mounting bracket is for another model...