as everyone mentioned, it's a tough one to install
4 March 2015
Pros: I did what everyone recommended and I got it ontop of my 1150 Intel successfully. Make sure, as mentioned by others, install when board is not in the case. Makes it easier to do. Read very very carefully the instructions as well. This is my sixth generation Zalman, and by far the most complicated...
Summary: If you have another installation method other than the bracket and hex head screws ... buy this cooler.
Pros: Great cooler, period! I bought a Zalman two bearing cooler in 2006 and it worked flawlessly the whole time I owned it. The only reason I bought this cooler was because I rebuilt my old desktop two months ago and wanted a new CPU cooler to go with the new build. The first Zalman worked great and I...
Cons: Installation method on this cooler was direct but a real pain. Luckily for me I still had the steel clip that was used to install the old Zalman cooler so I used that instead of the brackets and hex head screws sent with this cooler. The hex head screws were not deep enough to keep from stripping.
Summary: I've got another build later this year and it'll have a Zalman in it!
Pros: This is the 4th Zalman cooler I've bought. The oldest one has been running for around 10 years. All of them have run quietly and kept my OC's nice and cool. Love the included thermal paste. It might even be better than the Arctic Silver 5 I usually use. We'll see.
Cons: The installation can be a little tricky. Make sure you understand how the brackets fit and then do a test-fit before putting on the thermal paste. The holes lined up perfectly with the 1150 socket. Some manuals describe the airflow one way while illustrating it the other. Make sure you have it po...
Summary: You must remember that every fan or cpu cooler will have a drawback other wise there would never be a competing brand and you wouldnt be searching. However i would like to mention that this fan is great because of its shear size and copper material.
Summary: This was my first install of an aftermarket cooler. I elected not to use the optional adhesive pad to hold the backing plate to the motherboard. Instead, I hung the case half off my desk so that I could hold the backing plate in place with my hand while aligning the screws with my other hand.
Pros: Looks neat. Big. Works as advertised. Fits 1150 sockets, even though they are not listed on the package; uses the same holes as the 1155/1156. No memory or case clearance issues on an ASRock Fatal!ty Killer Z97 in an Antec 300 case. Installed over a 4790K processor, not that that matters. Others ...
Cons: As other have pointed out, it can be a little tough to install. Specifically, it's a bit tricky to get the screws lined up and started.
Summary: The manner of the screws' attachment to the backplate isn't absolutely clear unless you study the illustrations carefully. The screws are inserted into the backplate holes appropriate to the socket, dropped into the channels and then trapped there by plastic caps.
Pros: Works with Socket 1150. I see some reviews here that say it doesn't work with socket 1150. It does. Also I see references to bent backplates and too-short screws. I know exactly what these people were doing wrong and why. I was puzzled myself at first.
Cons: The instruction manual illustrations and explanations can be difficult to understand.
Summary: This cooler is serving for the short-to-medium term in a new high-powered box with an i7-4790K CPU. I've started with a more modest setup in order to stay within budget. Later on I'll beef it up with high-end graphics and a water cooler, and try my hand at overclocking.
Pros: Short of water cooling, this and the other similar Zalman coolers have proven themselves among the very best. Easy to install, high performance, utterly reliable. Copper FTW.