Summary: My computer is housed in a case with a plastic window on the side, and this looks very cool, sort of science-fiction-ish. Cool also is my CPU. I don't really overclock so this provides very ample cooling for me while making my system look like something from Star Trek.
Summary: It is big but it does fit into a my micro ATX case. It is actually fairly quiet when you use the extra resistor they give you to slow the fan down slightly. Even with that installed it keeps my computer nice and cool- which I never turn off. It was inexpensive, it's quiet, it does the job it was designed for very well. No complaints at all here.
Summary: I was a bit apprehensive about buying this cooler for an AM3+/GIGIBYTE build after reading the difficulties many have had with installation. But, the price and rebate were hard to pass up, and I’ve always had a great deal of luck with Zalman. So, caution be darned and let’s see what the issues are.
Summary: I had a stock ASUS fan that was keeping the CPU at around 73C, and was incredibly noisy. While installing this fan did require taking the motherboard out to install the bracket, it wasn't all that difficult to put in. It probably took me about an hour to do it. The fan cut the CPU temp in half, so that now it hovers around 28-33C even while the processor is heavily taxed. It is also very quiet (even though I didn't install the low-RPM resistor), and looks really cool.
Excellent air cooler!!! Another homer from Zalman!!!
RH Benjammin "thetallguy", Amazon
29 January 2014
Summary: I have been a PC builder for about as many years as I have fingers n toes. Zalman has never failed my cooling needs and smashed a home-run with this one! Running on top of an i7-4771 on an ASUS Z87-PLUS and cools it beautifully. The fan is decently quiet, never hear it over the G-card fan. Not gonna get into numbers or I'll ramble all night, go with it, you won't be disappointed. Just make sure it will fit space-wise with your MOBO and case setup.
Summary: This thing works great. I have an Asrock H55 mobo and previously had an i3 530 in it with the stock cooler that was running around 60 degrees idle and topping out at 105C just playing a Facebook game. To be fair, the stock cooler was dirty and it probably needed new thermal putty. I upgraded to an i7 860 and got this Zalman cooler to go with it and it has been great.
Summary: I won't waste time saying how amazing this thing is, just look at the spec's. Take note my case has many fans in it and is big! Idle times: 18 - 22 Degrees. During Games: 25 - 35 degrees. With my stock cooler I was always 30 or 35+ idle or not. Madness how low this thing keeps the cpu. Zalman's stuff has yet to disappoint me.
Pros: Big! Quiet and cool LED. It definitely looks like its doing its job.
Summary: Purchased this to replace the super noisy stock CPU fan on my AMD FD6350FRHKBOX FX-6350 FX-Series 6-Core Black Edition CPU (It was either a new fan or a new GF)....installation was a bit of a challenge even though my Antec case allows access to back of the motherboard. The provided tool barely reached past the copper fins, but with a little perseverance we managed it. Would have been a piece of cake during assembly.
Pros: the zalman is easy to install and comes with attachments for the different size chipsets. once installed i noticed a consiterable change from my old heat sink. it was one of the square ones with a fan. this cooled about 3-5degrees cooler idle and under load. this heat sink gets close to 10 degreese cooler than the factory intel heatsink.
Cons: hard to clean. since all the fins are close and rather sharp you should get a "throw away" tooth brush to use as a duster. it is also because there is not much space to clean between the fan and where the dust builds up.