Summary: I've used this for a year on a mATX board (Asus m4a785td) and really haven't had any issue with it. I don't use the DIMMS closest to the CPU, however I do think it possible to do so, if the SDRAM heatsinks are not too tall, otherwise they might touch the underside of the fins.
Pros: 1) Cools well. I have used for over 1 year on an Athlon II X3 435 2.9GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor ADX435WFK32GI, not overclocked but with the 4th core unlocked, and it is never hot. This is for a HTPC/kids flash game machine, so I'm not really stressing the CPU 2) Low profile. Fits ea...
Cons: 1) Putting the fan on the heatsink (or getting it back off again) is tedious. The clip arm fits between the two, and getting it in there properly takes some trial and error. 2) The fan controller is awkward, seems like an afterthought. I just plug the fan straight into the mobo. It is the noisies...
Summary: This cooler is replacing a stock heatsink for an AMD Phenom 9550. I can't tell if it has helped drop the temperature on the processor since I replaced all the fans inside the case, but the system as a whole seems to be running cool, as well as quiet. That's all I can ask for.
Pros: The cooler came with just about every piece imaginable to make sure you got this connected to the processor correctly. The fan is pretty quiet, installation was pretty easy. It's also easier on the eyes than the vanilla flavored stock heatsink.
Cons: It's a lot bigger than I thought. While removing the fan to install the AMD clip (as per the instructions), I noticed loose metal flakes between the fan and heatsink (aluminum shavings would have been my guess). I understand that these are constructed in an industrial environment, but if the flak...
Summary: The design of this thing was well thought out. I installed this in a micro ATX boar where the socket was really close to the RAM. although it took a little finagling to get it all situated but the fins weren't touching the memory.
Pros: Its pretty quiet. The copper core is a fantastic heat sink. The price wasn't too bad either.
Summary: Fit this into my rig consisting of: ASUS P8P67-Pro micro ATX motherboard in a Thermaltake Lanbox Lite case, with 8 gigs of PC2133 mem, EVGA Geforce GTX 570. This cooler allowed me to OC my i5 2500k to 4.6ghz with never one hicup or heat issues under the most intense gaming and rendering...
Pros: Drops the temp on my i5 2500k 8-10 degrees Celsius. Under heavy benchmarking it will stay around 40C. Idles at 30. Solid copper. Quiet and dropped overall motherboard/ambient temps.
Cons: Its big and round, it might take up space of some ram slots, it actually touches one of mine, but I've had no issues in over a month with lots of gaming plus benchmarks.
Summary: This is my first aftermarket cooler and I am very impressed with the result. I was concerned about the tight fit in my case and around the northbridge heat sink. It is larger than the stock LGA775 cooler but not enormous.
Pros: -Almost completely copper -Design allows for it to fit over components on motherboard -Straight forward installation on motherboard -Included paste easy to apply and seems to be working well -Cooled temps on C2D E6550 from 50-75c down to 30-45c.
Cons: Three pin connector (comes with proprietary fan speed control)
Pros: Reduced temperature by average of 20 degrees. Easily installed on AM2 Board. Actually runs faster than the advertized 2,400rpm ±, Using the controller it runs at about 2550 rpm, w/o the controller it runs at 2700 rpm.
Cons: Not a con but be aware that it's bigger than it looks. It's about 4 and 3\4 inches across the top and about 2 and 1\2 inches deep.
Summary: I have not yet tried using the variable fan speed control - rely only on the BIOS auto adjust. At normal load, the fan is not audible (1400 to 1600 rpm). At load, the fan goes up to 2800 rpm and is definitely audible, but quieter than the stock fan.
Pros: Good cooling capacity. Quiet fan. I installed this on a Gigabyt H55N-USB3 miniITX board, but had to cut some fins to make it fit. Max temp running Prime95 on my OC 3GHz i5 750 was 71 deg. With stock cooler temps were 86 deg. At high speed, the fan is quieter than the stock fan, although still a b...
Summary: Very easy install, very snug fit. Used high-end paste and not the stuff that came with the CNPS7000-CU 2.
Pros: Cools like nobody's business. Using stock cooler (Quad Core2) the CPU was overheating and shutting down on a complex IDX render. Installed the CNPS7000C-Cu 2 and all 4 cores were maxed for 2hrs and the temp never exceeded 41C. Cut the render time by 20%.
Cons: Slightly time consuming to install on an already built system, but easy none the less (very minor --).