Excerpt: It pushes a lot of air around I had to take the board out of the case to fit the fan. Also had to remove a slot of memory to get the fan to fit on the motherboard (this is unforgivable). It's not as quiet as I'd like it to be.... overall a disappointing purchase.
Excerpt: Great cooling, quiet. Actual fitting was quite straight forward. Seems to be a little loose when fitted even after several attempts to tighten it further. There is some lateral movement in the cooler which gave me cause for concern but temperatures are excellent even on a heavily overclocked 3770K.
Summary: This is an amazing CPU cooler and worth the money. Make sure to take note that Socket 1150 is the same as 1156. 1150 is not listed in the instruction set and it was one of my first times adding a backing plate to the motherboard.
Pros: Amazingly quiet even without the "silencer" with it. Temps rarely get above 30C even under full load (i5 4590).
Cons: Size is the number one con. Make sure the motherboard you are pairing this with has plenty of space between CPU location and RAM slots. I cannot use two RAM slots on an ASRock Fat1lty Z97 Killer motherboard
Summary: If you are using memory with large heatsinks, this won't work. I think that even with low profile memory, the fins would block the use of one of the memory slots (Gigabyte X97-UD5H Dotherboard)
Pros: Moves a lot of air looks nice
Cons: Too big, interferes with memory installation
Summary: Not worth the price or the hassle. Bad purchase.
Pros: Looks nice, runs quiet. provide a little more than sufficient cooling. Cool LED
Cons: Too Low and High! Just way too big! Had to buy a new case for it and had to sacrifice RAM to make room for it since it was too low and took away the last RAM even if RAMs are low profile! Didn't last long. It's been half a year now and this unit is slowly turning and hitting other components on the motherboard. I expected longer life than a year from Zalman! Dissapointed.
Summary: For a $100 i expected at least 3 years of flawless work. And now warranty is gone and I have to buy a new cooler. Disappointed. I will avoid this brand in a future.
Pros: Great performance, cools down i7-3930k with no problems.
Cons: After a 1.5 year of use, central fan is not parallel to the side fans any more. It has an angle about 10 degrees. Because of that, central fan hits the metal parts of the cooler, producing an extremely annoying and loud sound. I have to keep my PC case leaning against the wall at all times so there is a gap appeared between a central fan and metal parts.
Summary: I own both the above motherboards and the way the northbridge heatsinks are on both boards this wont fit you can not in any way fit the heatsink on because you cant get to the top screws to hold them down, also the bracket that you have to screw down to hold it is to long and hits the heatsinks. So you would have to grind bracket down the find some magic way of getting to the screw on that side to tighten them.
Cons: Wont fit on a z97 chipset board made by gigabyte namely the GA-Z97X-Gaming G1, ALSO the z97 SOC FORCE. NO SUPPORT from Zalman
Summary: I noticed a lot a people on here having issues with it covering there ram, well I actually made a mistake when I installed the support plate to the board but it worked out very well in the end, I ended up mounting it so the fans would would exhaust out the top of the case but its was fine because my case has two 120mm fans that exhaust out the top, so when I put the unit into the case to mount it on it didn't effect my ram or any other components in there, I have a...
Pros: Looks great, very quiet even with 3 fans, Keeps CPU temps very low on my Intel 3770, temps before were around 42-45, there now at 25 when idle.
Cons: Was very large and installing was difficult but mostly cause instructions weren't great and the Allen wrench could of been a bit longer
Summary: i suggest buying a smaller cooler. zalman will always have a place in my case and they did a good job at explaining how big it was in the description. but i didint realize how big it was untill i saw the box. and it was nearly the size of my head. LITERALLY. like a 7 year olds head. its huge. its as tall at a 12FL oz glass bear bottle. pretend your PSU is your cpu heat sink. THAT BIG.
Pros: its big and plenty of airflow. probably one of the best short of liquid cooling. blue is my favorite color. and its not loud. even with 3 fans
Cons: its BIG. if you want 4 sticks of ram dont buy it. i had to use both channels A and B of my ran just so i can fit the cooler in the case. but no big worries. it is what it is. it wont get 5 eggs because i cant use the other 2 A and B slots of my ram. im useing the ASUS sabertooth 990 MB