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Zalman-lq315.34138239
8.9 out of 10

Zalman LQ315

Great Deal: $85.99

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Overall 8
8.0

Quite good

MAI V., Newegg
26 February 2014
  • Pros: This thing keeps my OC 4.5 ghz cpu at under 40 celcius under medium to high loads. Quite impress with it. Overall runs pretty quiet.
  • Cons: Water pump does make a little wine when pumping like what most other buyers have stated, but it has mostly gone away now. Was quite noticeable at first 24 hours but now it is or is nearly gone.
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Overall 8
8.0

Initial thoughts

Mark D., Newegg
27 January 2014
  • Summary: Mobo: ASUS X79-Deluxe
  • Pros: I've had this thing running for a day so far. CPU temps hover around 95-100f with the case side open as I work on it, but I'm not pushing it or doing much on it yet, just installed Windows 8.1 and installing updates and assorted software such as Office 2013, Visual Studio 2013, etc.
  • Cons: The pump on the CPU is a little noisy, I can definitely hear it turning. Hard to describe the sound though. I've seen some mention it's silent, wish mine was, but I guess at least I know it's turning. My CPU is an LGA 2011, and mounting the cooler to the CPU was very easy, simply tighten down 4 thumb screws from the top, nothing to do on the back of the mobo. Mounting the radiator to the case was a small challenge, but that was a case issue.
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Overall 10
10

Quiet, easy, effective

Chebar C., Newegg
18 December 2013
  • Summary: Used with a Cooler Master Elite 130 case which is a small case designed for radiator installation. Hoses were good length, more than needed for this case but it is pretty small.
  • Pros: Very quiet and effective. With i7-4770S (a relatively low TDP processor) temps stay below 50 deg C with all four cores fully loaded. The best part: It was actually easier to install than most heatsink-fan combos. Good design and instructions, quality parts.
  • Cons: One day it will stop working. Instead of just blowing out the dust and giving it a new fan like with a traditional cooler, the whole system will probably need to be replaced. I hope it lasts a long time!
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Overall 10
10

User Review

Avg. Consumer, NCIX.com
20 June 2013
  • Summary: I built a computer for looks and performance, This definitely added unique looks it's probably not the best CPU cooler but it does keep it cooled and at a low temperature. I will add another one to another built because it looks great. The blue LED looks awesome. I hope they make more colors one day.
  • Pros: Everything
  • Cons: Nothing
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Overall 10
10

Very cool

Richard S., Newegg
3 June 2013
  • Summary: Wasn't sure if I would need a water cooler because I don't push my computer to much, but found a sale I couldn't resist through Newegg.
  • Pros: Good size to fit in case, thermo paste already applied, quiet, nice looking if your case has a clear side panel (mine does not), makes a big difference in CPU temp.
  • Cons: First one I received had a pump issue, sounded terrible. Returned through Zalman because I already sent code from side of box for rebate and Newegg doesn't accept returns without b ox intact. Zalman took care of it quickly, good support.
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Overall 10
10

Silence

Jeffrey K., Newegg
19 April 2013
  • Summary: Had concerns based on other reviews that this would be loud BUT it is dead silent and keeps temp low on my I5-3570K...I'm not a gamer so I may not be taxing system. I very pleased with this system...Zalman makes great stuff.
  • Pros: Quiet and efficient...this makes no noise period...much quieter than air cooler.
  • Cons: None
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Overall 8
8.0

Fantastic for AMD, did not work on my Intel.

Andrew E., Newegg
18 March 2013
  • Pros: This worked extremely well on my AMD 965. Temperatures under load never spiked over 35C, and it kept my system extremely stable.
  • Cons: I recently switched to the Intel i5 using the ASUS Sabertooth Z77 board, and the backplate provided with this kit does not line up to the mounting holes on the motherboard. Looking at the backplate, there are no "1155" slots as this claims to have. I was abel to jimmy rig the plate using the 1156 connectors, but the backplate was flexing a little. Because of the flex, the cooling block - when bolted down - did not apply the right amount of force to hold the CPU into p...
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Overall 10
10

Overclocker Friendly

William R., Newegg
21 February 2013
  • Summary: would of been nice if they preplaced the plastic with solid metal pieces.
  • Pros: have this hooked up to a AMD FX-8350 over clocked to 4.6 stable. Normal Operating temp 33C Load 41-42.5C.
  • Cons: as said in other posts, the plastic does kinda add a bit of cheapness to the machine lol.
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Overall 8
8.0

Like It!

Armand G., Newegg
16 February 2013
  • Summary: If your building a rig there really is no reason not to water cool it would be nice if the video cards were more adaptable to water cooling I like the ease of maintenance aspect.
  • Pros: Great little cooler, good price, very quiet and easier to install than my last air cooler...
  • Cons: Figuring out which openings to use on the back mounting plate for my type of CPU was the most difficult thing to do, (hint there is tiny print next to the holes in the plastic... look closely)
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Overall 8
8.0

Works better then Antec620

Gene E., Newegg
17 January 2013
  • Summary: I really think the same company makes most of these coolers..Found that all the part numbers for the mounting hardware were the same as what came with the Antec cooler
  • Pros: Works better then Antec 620 and not as loud.I'm not a overclocker and the only test I ran was using AMD's Overdrive..The Anrec 620 would hit almost 70 degrees C but the Zalman never went above 58 Degrees C.
  • Cons: None so far..
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