Pros: I am running this on an AMD FX-8350. When the processor is maxed out for an extended period of time the max temp I’ve seen is 40c or 104f which is pretty good since the processor is overclocked to 4.35Ghz when maxed vs. the standard 4Ghz. When it is under normal load it runs between 28c – 32c or 82f – 89f. Also it did surprisingly fit in my mid ATX case.
Cons: Blue LED doesn’t work. First time using a Zalman. Installation was a pain but the payoff was worth it. I wound up having to bend down the mount tabs to get to the point were the screws could reach.
Summary: I would recommend this cooler to someone with patience and some previous experience building customized computers. It is quite effective at air cooling compared to the stock coolers provided with the cpu's I described above. Particularly the all aluminum AMD cooler. What a joke!
Pros: I've now had this cooler installed on an AMD 7850 (Asus X88M Plus Mobo) and Intel 4690K (Asus Z97-A Mobo). It included brackets and hardware to fit both sockets. The fan is easily set up for control with the motherboard or AI Suite 3. Very secure mounting using supplied bracket/backplate on both platforms. I use a Lian Li V1200B case which has the mobo flip-flopped and utilizes 2 case fans, 1 in the front 1 out back. I overclocked the AMD to 4.4G and gamed that way wi...
Cons: Tedious to mount. I was able to remove it from the AMD mobo while still mounted in the case, but it was not easy. I ended up having to bend the ears of the AMD brackets down with pliers a little bit to allow the screws to engage. Even then I was applying a lot of pressure with that skinny allen wrench they include. I haven't had to remove it from the Intel system yet however, I believe it would be very difficult to do so without removing the mobo from the case. I inst...
Summary: this is a heat pipe fan based cooler. so in theory it should work very well. In the past I have installed these on am3 and intel 1155 boards without issue or incident. However I have a board from 2009 an 1156 intel board and the clips just would not secure to the board. In the end I gave up returned it and went with a water cooling option. normally I would give 5 stars im deducting 1 because I had trouble.
Summary: When I bought this cooler on sale, I thought I would be getting the AMD clip which would have allowed a simple and quick time saving solution to replace a failing AMD fan/heatsink. Now I will have to remove the motherboard from the case, with all the hassle that entails.
Pros: Still a top quality component. Have a CNPS9900LED installed on an AMD X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz AM3 125W CPU since 2010. 32C idle. Very quiet. Never have seen temps higher than 47C. On the 2010 installation I used the AMD clip, and was able to install the cooler with motherboard in case. Honestly with the solid copper construction, and the fan design it is a beautiful thing.
Cons: I am just totally bummed that the AMD clip is missing on this new CNPS9900ALED. The illustrations for the CNPS9900ALED show that the AMD clip is part of the mounting accessories, and I verified that before I ordered this one. I was going to use the CNPS9900ALED to replace a very old AMD fan/heatsink (noisy) on an old 939 motherboard that just keeps chugging along. Not having the AMD clip will at the very least turn this 30 minute heat sink installation into a 4 hour i...
Summary: This thing is huge. Check the room in your case before ordering. I was able to shoehorn it into my system but I would not do that again. I'd find a smaller cooler. Very high quality except for the 4 silver mounting screws. The supplied (cheap) allen wrench was very sloppy in the heads easily rounded them out. I don't feel like I was able to get the screws tight.
Summary: Take your time on the install and bend the bracket in small increments until you can safely make the connection. If you have a small case don't bother it won't fit. I would suggest that you draw the cooler to scale cut it out and set in your case to insure it will fit.
Pros: Quick Delivery as usual. This worked extremely well on my FM2 A10 5800K. Stock speed dropped my temperature by 14 degrees Celsius. All necessary pats are included for installation. The idea of the cooler being round is an excellent idea for those like me who have tall ram. For the price you can't beat the product.
Cons: The install is not for the weak at heart. To tear down my rig, manipulate the brackets and rebuild my rig was a four hour excursion. For AMD installs you will have to bend the brackets for the install. An arrow on the base pointing the direction of air flow would be helpful since the instal paperwork and the video show two different directions for the air flow. The reduction of one egg is due to the fact that I had to bend the brackets for the instillation.
Summary: About a year and a half ago, when looking at something in the case while running, I bumped my knuckle on the fan, oops. After that, the fan would make a random clicking or rattling noise which slowly got more frequent over time. The sound would go away if I just gently held a finger on heatsink.
Pros: For 2-years, has kept my AMD FX-8150 CPU very cool. At build time 2+ years ago, was the fastest and hottest CPU on the market. Fan is very quiet, almost can't tell it is on. Stays MUCH CLEANER than most other heatsink designs I have seen over the years, which is important! Also is very easy to clean when it does cake with dust.
Cons: Can't replace fan if it dies. >.< Very sharp fins, may have sliced a knuckle once when new, but it's almost impossible for me to cut myself with it now. Idk what changed, the fins or me? Extremely heavy at almost 2 lbs / 900 grams. When mounted vertically, even with bracket and screws, it's just barely hanging on and just barely not causing stress on board. Avoid moving case for any reason. But if you must move case, do it very slowly and steadily. Any jarring motions...
Summary: This is a HUGE cooler--but no problems with it fitting in an Antec 900 Mid Tower Case. it does require swapping out the back plate on the Motherboard. I recommend recruiting some help to hold the cooler in place when you are attaching it to the CPU--I managed on my own, but would have very much liked to have had an extra set of hands.