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...
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.
Summary: I have never had a problem with aything from Newegg thanks informative reviews.
Pros: AMD 3.4 Black Edition OC to over 4Ghz Never seen over 53 degrees C where my fan kicks into high. Used Tuniq TX-4 Thermal Grease. Fits on AMD M3A78-CM mico board even fits over stock FSB heat sink.
Summary: Remember to loosen the screws most of the way 3/4 on the cooler so the clips will fit under the stock mount fingers.
Pros: Easy AMD install with a layout that works. Just remove stock cooler, loosen the screws on the Zalman cooler, apply paste, fiddle with clips and tighten screws. My AMD FX-8150 is now running 10-15 degrees C cooler than the stock cooler and I can't hear it.
Summary: I bought this Zalman and the Coolermaster Hyper TX3 for my two PCs. They literally perform exactly the same (lower CPU temp by about 10-15C) and I am happy with them. They both have very similar constructions but with the Zalman at $35 and the Coolermaster at $18 the price premium cannot bejustified particularly with Coolermaster's option to add a 2nd fan.
Pros: Effective and quiet, with a blue LED fan if you are into that.
Cons: It is not the best value considered the alternatives out there.
Summary: Installation tips. You want the fan blow through the Heatsink towards your I/O panel case exhaust fan. Lay down the black mount into the 4 mounting holes around the CPU with the heatsink clip holders facing the Top and bottom of the motherboard (I/O panel is Left side), push 4 tabs/screws into place (turn the notches to the 1156 marks first).
Pros: Installed this on an Asus P8Z68-V Pro/Gen3 Motherboard with an Intel 2600k CPU with GSkill 2133 DDR3 memory
Cons: Slightly higher temperatures than I would ideally like, but for the price point I can't complain too much, right?
Summary: * Ok, so installing this HSF was the hardest part of my new build. Using the GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3, I thought I'd only be able to mount the HSF with the fan facing up. I didn't want to do that because it would block out two of my RAM slots.
Pros: Excellent fan with great cooling. Temps down significantly. Very quiet. Blue LED is cool if that's your thing. Installation is excellent. No need to access the back of the mobo. Clip in install is great*.
Cons: Included Thermal Compound is not great. It would do the job, but really if you're going for some aftermarket cooling, then the Arctic Silver is your starting point. See below for the tricky install on my mobo. No egg drop because all turned out well and I knew it would be a challenge going in.
Summary: I had an issue with my ATX full tower case (AzzA Solano 1000) having a large fan in its side panel, which actually reduced the clearance above the cpu by quite a bit. I was forced to get something ~150mm or less in height, and since a lot of the biggest and baddest heatsinks are 150+, I needed something powerful yet with a lower profile. This fit the bill perfectly, and is quite powerful despite its slightly smaller size.
Pros: Effective. Put into a fresh build, i7 2600k, OC'd to 4.4GHz. Idles at 30. Full load 68-70 depending on which core your loocking at. (using Prime95 and RealTemp).
Cons: None, although I wanted to go with a bigger, top of the line heatsink (see Other Thoughts), I have no regrets for getting this one.
Summary: I took a chance on this cooler as it is fairly new and there are very few reviews on it. But I am very pleased with the results. I searched high and low for a cooler that would fit my particular approach to a G5 case mod, basically had to be 135mm height or less. This cooler turned out to be a perfect match.