Summary: My fan is starting to make noise after 2 years of operation. I would have to replace it and I am planning to remove the old one with it's bracket (it's a non-standard fan) and install in the slot between the fins a regular (squarish) 'normal' 120mm fan and attach it with plastic zip-ties to the fins/heat-pipes. I have had similar product from zalman before and it's fan also failed eventually. Their fans are flimsy but look nice.
Pros: Lasted for 2 years--I wanted to make a mention of it here. 100% Copper. It cools my 3.2 GHz (stock) Phenom II 1090T Thuban overclocked at 3.8GHz. I don't care about super low voltage and temperature--as long as it's stable and max possible overclock.. and it is, for 3.8GHz, at least, for this particular processor.
Cons: Fan is failing after 2 years of operation. I am planning to replacing it with aftermarket 'standard' squarish fan by sliding it in the gap and securing it with plastic zip-ties.
Summary: I had to jimmy-rig the cooler to get it to mount on my fm2+ socket. I used the original back plate and black screws. this mod. did not allow me to regulate the tension I put on the board as I tightened the screws. I gave them a "few good turns" and then checked behind the mobo to see how far they were protruding out of the back plate. I know, not very scientific or exact but I was determined to use this beautiful cooler with my new build.
Pros: terrific look. solid copper with nickel plate. offered with rebate.
Cons: very difficult to mount. rebate application has not arrived at rebate processing hdqtrs. not sure what happened.
Summary: The installation isn't overly difficult, it's just tedious and requires some patience and steady hands. Users who call it impossible or a nightmare clearly went wrong somewhere. I'm not mechanically inclined in the slightest and I managed to do it fairly easily; the hardest part was fishing out dropped screws or the occasional Allen wrench (which is magnetized by the way).
Pros: Keeps my i7 4790k very cool at around 30C even under CPU intensive programs. Compared to the stock cooler which hovered right around 60C, this thing is a definite improvement. The general build quality seems quite high, with the piping and heat sink and fins all looking very nice. The black finish that has been applied to the fins is a nice touch as it also dulled the edges so it's much harder to cut yourself. It's 'improved cooling effect' might be just marketing, bu...
Cons: The instructions are worthless, don't even bother attempting to read them (except in identifying your screws relative to your socket type). There are plenty of Youtube videos with step by step instructions that are ten times better and simpler to understand. The screws are not separated by socket type, nor is anything really packaged. It's like the company just tossed in the components without any real thought to organizing. The red LED is laughably dim, barely notice...
Summary: I have an i7-3770k running at 4.4Ghz @ 1.3 volts (appr) and the prime95 max heat test is at 90c. These temps are never seen during gameplay or normal usage but I use them to test my overclocks. The blend test gives me roughly 77C. Regarding the fan speed, from my testing, between low and very high fan speed there is considerable noise but very little temperature difference.
Pros: I like the look of it, the fan design is different from most coolers and the nickel plating and red led are a nice touch. Although there aren't many heatsink fins it does a good job of keeping temps down. I have an i7-3770k running at 4.4Ghz @ 1.3 volts (appr) and the prime95 max heat test is at 90c
Cons: Installation wasn't the easiest. And the fan is not very quiet. I use speedfan to keep it running as slow as possible, and at that speed it is quiet.
Pros: Cool look. Well made. Keeps my Intel 4790K at about 23-27 Celsius at idle with Arctic Silver 5. Gaming only adds about 15 degrees. Have not done a torture test yet. Have not overclocked the CPU either. Clears heatsinks and ram with room to spare.
Cons: The mounting solution is adequate for the job, but is miserable to try to install on a mounted motherboard. Pulling the board helps tremendously. The fan on mine is slightly out of balance. I can see it quiver while the fan is running. Less one egg for that.
Pros: Gives great temps (32C - 43C while overclocking). Some issues with installation but performance is fantastic. Not too loud at max in my opinion.
Cons: Requires surgeon like skills for installation. As many people have said, the AMD plates that attach to the heatsink base look crimped but are basically flat. I had to get out vice grips and pliers to bend them into the proper double kinked position. That said I was still able to get this sucker on without pulling the entire motherboard - took about 2 hours.
Cool looking, good sale & rebate, worse to assemble than an IKEA dresser
Heather N., Newegg
3 May 2014
Summary: I hooked it up to a SYS FAN port on my motherboard, was actually easier to control the speed than the CPU FAN port. Not sure why but when plugged into the CPU FAN it wouldn't let me adjust speed much higher. Compatibility issues maybe? I have an MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming Motherboard.
Pros: I was intrigued by this cpu cooler, the LED matched my build, the fins were black which I also thought would look better than copper /silver coloring. Didn't want to get into watercooling/ I game but not crazily. Seems like it should work fine for basic over-clocking. Doesn't obstruct the view of my motherboard.
Cons: Wow, some assembly required should come on a massive warning label on the box. The mounting system/screws/were confusing, the AMD accessories and INTEL accessories were all mixed in a little bag. The instructions were more picture than instruction, and all the parts looked similar. Screws/ mounting were not tall enough, mounting this involved a delicate balance of pressing on the underside of the motherboard and pressing down on this while attempting to screw in a scr...