Summary: I bought this for my Supermicro X10SLM-F motherboard (with a Xeon E3-1275v3) so I could transcode videos w/o cooking my chip. I've had great success with Zalman CPU coolers in the past, so I'll probably get another http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?
Pros: PWM and blue LED's
Cons: The stock heatsink worked better. My temps were getting up between 40C and 50C idle with this whereas the stock cooler only got up to to 40C idle. Also, it blocked one of my RAM slots. :-(
Summary: This is an excellent replacement to a stock AM3 heatsink and fan that come with the FX series of cpu's. I replaced the one that came with my 8350, and it's so much better in every way. The stock unit was so loud I could hear it while wearing headphones, and it kept my cpu around 50C on load. This unit keeps my cpu at around 40C on load. I have an htpc style case, the nMEDIAPC 6000s.
Pros: - Very simple install - Effective cooling - Super quiet - Works almost as well as 120mm fans, but will fit in smaller cases
Cons: Maybe a little expensive when compared to some 120mm cpu fans. So if your case can fit a 120mm such as the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO, then it might make more sense to get that instead
Pros: Easy to install looks great and is silent. I have an AMD 8350 overclocked to 4.5 and two gtx760 graphics cards. when running a stress test for 30 min my cpu temp levels off at a cool 51c with this being said make sure you apply the paste correctly or it will not cool properly. Doesn't take up to much room in case, nor does it block the ram slots. make sure to order a clear case so you can see this thing! looks great.
Cons: none except it made me want to buy a clear sided case =)
Summary: This one is a great one just to get away from those terrible stock coolers, but don't expect it to handle OC'ing on high wattage processors.
Pros: -Unique design -Blue LED -Cooled my stock clocked FX-8120 (in a well ventilated case) -Mounting was fairly straightforward and did not require removal of the mobo (AMD). -Dead Silent -Fits in narrow cases.
Cons: -I wish the fan had a larger RPM range. With just a slight overclock, this heatsink got a little overwhelmed. Temps didn't reach shutdown levels, but were in the mid 50's (ambient 26). -At 92mm, it's a smaller cooler, and leaves something to be desired in larger cases.
Summary: After dealing with my stock FX 8120 cpu fan that sounded like a blow dryer while doing little gaming or even having multiple windows open, I decided to purchase this product and couldn't be any more happier. Very quick to get here ( only took 1 day and it estimated 2 days).
Pros: Extremely easy to install, it's as simple as screwing it in. Keeps my FX 8120 below 45c when coupled with Arctic Silver 5, small enough to fit inside most if not all Mid Tower cases and not eat up too much room, and only $25 after rebate.
Summary: None, I think I said it all, others tell the rest of the story, so no use in repeating others.
Pros: Installed on an ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AMD Socket AM3+ board. Very easy to install. It was placed into a Raidmax Tornado case. Along with 4 sticks of G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series memory. There was plenty of space between the cooler and the memory chips, so no concerns there. It's duty was to keep an Athlon II X4 640 Propus cool. I measured it at 32-35 degrees Celsius. I have a couple of SilenX Effizio 120mm LED fans also connected to the case with a RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-530SS...
Cons: I had a bit of concern installing it into the Raidmax Tornado case. It was pretty dang close to that side window fan and I thought I was gonna have to remove it, but it turns out I was a tad paranoid, it all came together quite nicely, although a little too close for comfort, but no eggs subtracted. I committed to getting one, it should be my responsibility to take dimensions into consideration before passing judgement. I'm only calling it a CON, because others should...
Summary: I was going to go watercooling, but I can't justify it when this thing is more than I need at a fracion of the price.
Pros: This thing has been running strong for over a year for me and is still silent. I've purchased heatsinks more expensive then this that are far louder. It dropped my average cpu tremps down about 20 degrees C.
Cons: Fan is way to slow for this cooler. The 3 heat pipes do not sit firm on chip. My cpu idles at 40c i have removed cleaned reinstalled and still runs way to hot. Biggest thing is it allows cpu to spike over 80c. I reinstalled factory cooler and it does a 200% better job. Very disapointed. Do not waste your money
Pros: Not to large. Installed on Asus M5A88-V Evo with no problems. In details it doesn't list AM+3 as a supported cpu, but it installed with no problem. Temps. didn't drop that must compared to Oem, but it does cool down quicker when the temp. of cpu rises. Thermal paste may need a few more days to cure. No stress added to M.board since it only weighs 360g.