Summary: This thing is big. Not 120mm big, but the fins add some serious dimensions on it. It was a bit hard to install only because I wasn't going to take the board out and recable. If you're gonna put this baby in, i HIGHLY recommend taking the board out of the case. I was swearing for a good 30 minutes, cursing my big hands. Read some reviews that occasionally the fins were bent and obstructed the fan, not the case here.
Pros: It's supposed to cool things down - and boy does it do that. (Coming from a stock cooler will do that to you). Went from temps of 40C-60C (around 27C idle) on a FX-6300 (stock cooler) with an OPEN CASE down to 16C idle and 30C-40C under load with the case closed. Does exactly what it said it would do :)
Cons: The manual was small font/picture wise, so figuring out where the AMD bracket was supposed to fit through was a bit of a trial and error process. Not near enough to knock off an egg.
Pros: I bought an AMD Phenom II X2 550 back in 2010. I initially tried unlocking the extra cores, but was always met with crashing minutes later. I added the 9700 on and it made an incredible difference. Idle temps dropped by 14° Celsius and kept the processor running cool enough to make the unlocked cores stable. Ran Prime95 for 2 hours to test and held its ground. Has been running like a champ for 5 years.
Cons: Instructions are not incredibly clear, but can be deciphered easily enough.
Pros: All copper, very efficient, quiet. not one issue in three years.
Cons: The only thing I've had trouble with is cleaning this beast. I have a dusty house and I have to take my pc apart and clean it every so often. Dust seems to love this thing and it is a pain to clean.
Summary: Overall a great working CPU cooler. Yes, it was a bit difficult to mount, but that's all forgotten now that its in and doing is job.
Pros: This CPU cooler looks very cool, with the all copper fins and blue LED fan. It does a great job of keeping my CPU temps under control. They have yet to exceeded 52c under high load with the fan on low.
Cons: It seems a but heavy compared to other CPU coolers, but not really a problem. The mounting screws are kind of a pain to get started as other reviews have stated. Just a couple millimeters longer in length would be so helpful. I realize they are shorter to insure they don't come into contact with any MB components. My particular setup would allow for slightly longer screws
Summary: Picked up one of these for my FX-8350 system build. I love the fact that the cooling vanes don't block any RAM slots (I have all four populated). I tried to use a Hyper 212, but it was too tall for the case and blocked the first RAM slot next to the CPU. I've used this style of Zalman cooler on several of my AMD builds, never had a problem with any of them. This one is keeping my FX-8350 even cooler than I expected, with a lot less bulk than the "tower" type coolers.
Pros: Very reasonably priced. Efficient design. 110mm diameter doesn't crowd RAM slots next to CPU. Cool blue lighting.
Cons: 3-pin connector means the fan is always full-on, no PWM control. Thin cooling vanes can be easily bent, or even cut you, if you're not careful.
Summary: It don't fit my FX8350 and I don't have the mounting bracket for an amd chip any longer.
Pros: 1 of the best air coolers I have ever owned for my CPU back in its day. Bought this back on 2/12/2007 and still have it stored away. This kept my amd phenom 2 x3 triple core cpu at around 15c idle and no higher then 25 - 30c at full load. The thermal paste Zalman used and may still use today was the best I found out there and used it on many cpu's over the years till I ran out.