Works Great, Very Quiet, Be Careful While Installing.
Stephen W., Newegg
23 March 2016
Pros: I barely hear it. It looks great. Keeps everything cool.
Cons: Installation is difficult. The manual has wrong instructions. It will say to install with either the thinner or thicker heat sink towards the rear exhaust fan. That will have the fan blowing away from the rear exhaust. Just look at the fan on the cooler to figure out which way air flow is going.
Summary: Installed on: i5-6600 @ Stock MSI Gaming M3 Z170 Motherboard Works flawless. Dropped idle temps from 40C to 20C. The biggest problem I had installing was holding the bottom "nuts" in place during installation, and the tool that came with stripped out on the first screw.
Summary: Make sure to install the bolts first then the plastic clips! Make sure to take your time when tightening the screws, alternate each tightness like you were putting on a car tire. Love it now that its in!
Pros: Looks great Keeps my overclocked i5 cool
Cons: Not the best instructions The screw heads are of a softer metal, can be easy to strip
Summary: Bought this back in Apr 2012 and it has lasted up until Oct 2015 before the fan speed began to stay down around 500 even when the CPU is under a load. Would say it was worth the money back when I bought it.
Pros: Efficient cooling. Quiet enough to where I never realized it was running even when CPU was under load.
Cons: Bulky to where I had to break a plastic portion of my case to get it to fit. Had to swap out for longer screws to install with the bracket for my AMD processor.
Summary: Aside from taking some time to install, the HSF is rather fragile. Those individuals that like to rip and jam parts in quickly will find that this HSF solution will infuriate them.
Pros: BBQ, I like bar-b-que, but this is more Big Beefy and Quiet. I just purchased an 88 Watt i7 Devils Canyon 1150. The stock HSF solution was quite aggravating due to the fan noise. So I opted for something I knew was good. You can use the in-line resistor mod, but in my experience its been silly an...
Cons: Install was also a bit of a chore. While the 1150 instructions are not explicitly listed, you follow them for the 1155 socket. There was a point where I had to look at the example three four times, even after pulling all the parts out and laying them out for the process. The included long-shaft b...
Pros: I've owned various Zalman coolers for years now. Bought this one for my new 2011V3 build with Corsair Dominator DDR4 that comes with the clip-on coolers, as it is thin enough to use the clip-ons on both sides of the CPU. My original choice - the Noctua NHD14 - was too large. Zalman looks better a...
Cons: The manual is wrong - says to orient the cooler so that the thinner side faces the rear, but the picture next to the text shows the airflow passing from the thinner side to the thicker side. So obviously you want to orient it with the thinner side facing the front of the case, to avoid conflictin...
Summary: The installation instructions are real dumb. Do yourself a favor and look up a youtube video first. You'll save a ton of time.
Pros: Looks cool, stays cool, super quiet.
Cons: The fan is situated between the two fin assemblies. On my item, the fan was tilted and a little off center. Not so much so that the fan contacted the fins, but it came really close. I had to remove the bracket that holds the fan in place, bend the metal a bit, and reinstall to get the fan to sit ...