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: 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: 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.