Phenomenal performance but extremely difficult to install.
Nicolas Grice, Amazon
29 September 2013
Summary: The Good To put it simply the performance is spectacular. Though there was only a 5-6 degree drop in my idle temperature there was literally a 20+ degree drop in my temp at load. It went from 50-60 degrees to around 40 degrees. The Bad It is extremely difficult to install - frustration incarnate. It took me 6+ hours to install. Other Be careful with the directions. They are not difficult but If you don't follow them closely you can easily make a mistake.
Summary: This Zalman cooler is beautiful. The red led accents the heatsink in a way that it looks like it's glowing. As for performance, I rated it 4 stars because the heatsink is being used with an FX 8350 -which by nature is a warm processor; the heatsink performs well at cooling the CPU, but at a minor overclock 4.3Ghz..makes my idle temps around 40C which is not terrible...but I feel it is a little warm for a higher end heatsink.
Summary: Pros: Quiet, pretty blue LED, Looks impressive in your rig (if you have a window to the mother board). The temps are doable, seem to be cooling the system enough under stress w/o any abrupt shut downs. It's not obstructive on a ASUS Z87 Pro motherboard for RAM. (a big problem with aftermarket CPU coolers) Cons: Dear god Zalman put out a new backplate adapter for the 1150 boards. This one was a pain to put on. I got it on, but wasn't happy the time and cussing it took me.
Looks and works well, but don't discount the size of the thing
icalpine "The Dude III", Amazon
18 August 2013
Summary: After measuring a couple times I knew this thing would fit and it did, but this thing is huge. I'm using this on an Asus z87 pro with a new 1150 socket intel. Des not impact memory slots. Make sure your case is large enough.
Summary: I have been using this heatsink for quite awhile, on my LGA775 (Core2Duo E6600 g 2.4ghz) in my Antec P160W. Despite the Antec being a midtower, it fits like a charm, leaving up to half an inch between the top of the heatsink and the side panel/side window. I will also be using it in my new build with an LGA1155 (Core i5 3570k g 3.4ghz) in a Thermaltake Element V. No question, it fits perfectly inside a full tower. The installation is ok.
Pros: - Nice looking heatsink/fan, - Very good heat dissipation, - Fan shoots directly into the rear exhaust fan!!, - Compatible with a wide variety of socket/CPU, from older to newer, - Easy to clean with air blower
Summary: I bought this to do some light overclocking as well to match the LED's in my system. It keeps the CPU a lot cooler than the stock heat sink and is fairly aesthetically pleasing in the looks department. My only complaint is that it doesn't have a speed adjustment dial, only a 4pin fan adapter which runs the fan on low, otherwise, without it, it always runs at high speed which can be a bit noisy.
Pros: A lot better than stock cooler, Blue LED, Lots of extra thermal paste
Summary: I bought this after owning my current build for a year and a half. I regret not getting a cpu cooler sooner as my i5 2500k temps would easily get to the 90C's with the stock cooler and a 4.2GHz overclock. Buying this cooler on sale for the same price as a Hyper 212 was worth it as I was able to get a stable OC of 4.5GHz with the cpu temp maxing out at 76C with Intel Burn Test and using 1.38V (I got a "bad" i5 2500k cpu).
Pros: cooler cpu, able to overclock higher, looks cool
Cons: a pain in the a** to install, some may find it loud
Summary: Pros: -Does an excellent job at cooling. Dropped around 15-20c from the stock cooler on my i7-2600k -Is relatively quiet, I can't notice it over my other case fans. Cons: -Was a pain in the $%# to install. I nearly bent both my motherboard and the fins on this thing trying to get it screwed down. I had to get a second person to hold the thing down while I screwed it in.