Summary: Not really any cons to speak of, just make sure you have a wide case, it stands over 6 inches high.
Pros: On long hard gaming runs (BF4) on an 4th gen I7, the temps have reached a max of 45C, or 113 F with this cooler. The case is a Thermaltake, G10 Snow edition, ROG Formula board, SLI GTX 670's. The case may help with all the fans keeping the CPU temp down this low.
Cons: Seen some complaints on the install, there, black holding clips have to be installed with the bolt in them, and then slid onto the lower bracket, otherwise you will wonder why they did not provide long enough screws. Once I got that right, and followed the same bolting pattern for the 1155 socket for my 1150, it worked just fine.
Summary: I am currently using a Gigabyte P55 motherboard and i5 750 CPU. With the stock cooler, my CPU can go up to 80 degrees when I play games such as battlefield and left 4 dead. At idle state, my CPU can still reach a quite high temperature of 50 degrees. After installing the Zalman 9900 max, my CPU temperature dropped about 30 to 40 degrees.
Pros: - Quiet (can hear some noise when it is at its max speed), - Equipped a LED which is quite cool, - Able to see a significant 30 degrees temperature drop from a stock Intel cooler, - Package included a small bottle of thermal compound
Cons: - Size is a bit too big (make sure you measure your case before purchasing), - Putting the screws on can be a bit troublesome because the fan is huge and you got to fit the screws under the fan onto the motherboard
Perfect Performance Paired with Painful Installation
Jerome K., Newegg
12 April 2013
Summary: I will say this though, once you do actually get this cooler attached you do feel a sense of accomplishment. And despite the hassle and nearly 60 minutes of my life lost to just a heatsink installation, I still can't find it within myself to knock an egg off as this heatsink's pros FAR outweigh this single con.
Pros: - Heatsink fins are solid. If you've used previous Zalman models, chances are you've bent one (or a few of them) at some point.
Cons: - Only one. A very big, BIG one. I read through all the reviews here before buying this heatsink; almost every single review with a con revolved around the installation. I thought to myself, "Oh come on, it can't possibly be that bad!" Let me offer my sincerest apologies for doubting any of you. Installing this heatsink was one of the most frustrating experiences I've ever had on a system build. (and we're talking dozens here.) Not only are the instructions mediocre a...
Summary: At this price I just had to try it...I'd been running the Antec Kuhler H2O 920 liquid cooler on my FX6300 at 4.41 ghz and wasn't too pleased with it...this Zalman heatsink keeps it 5 degrees C cooler than the Antec liquid system, both at idle and under full load (Prime 95)...AND makes a lot quieter work of it too...this thing rocks!
Pros: Works very well, and well priced at $35 bux after rebate.
Cons: Loading block wouldn't fit with my mobo (M5A97 EVO) but seems to be fine and well without it., A longer hex key would have made installation a bit easier.