Summary: PRO: 1. Ppppppst to water cooling, with this you don't need no stinking water. 2. It's big, and it cools great, it's quiet for the most part and is a sleek colour. 3. Arrived on time, all the way to Guam. CON: 1. Still the hardest part of doing a PC build. The brackets are a pain to get installed, but read the directions a FEW TIMES and you'll get it. 2. Throw away the extra parts. 3. LED light is blue, could have sworn I read it was red, Oh well, still looks nice.
Summary: I have this on my LGA 1150. It fits great and keeps my processor super cool even under full load. I'm seeing max 40c while playing BF4 maxed out while before I hovered around 70c. I would recommend this to anyone.
Great cooling, not so great instalation on an AMD board
26 March 2014
Summary: I love Zalman products, great cooling, really quiet. I installed this on a AMD AM3+ motherboard. Like others said, the screws are too short, so be prepared to go to Home Depot (bending and pushing will not work, you will damage the motherboard). Otherwise I use this to cool an FX-8350 overclocked to 4.4 Ghz, and the CPU at full load reaches 49 C only with the fan spinning at about 1300 rpm. I give it a 4 out of 5 just because of the installation.
Summary: This is hard to install as AM3+ the screws to attach the heatsink are to short if you want it to work you have to first put the first screw in while placing the heatsink at an angle then place flat pushing hard and constant pressure place the other screw in only put the screws in a few threads enoff that the screws will not strip out these screws will strip out very easy on the threds and even more so at the head use extreme caution when tightening the alen head will...
This thing is phenomenal at cooling, but is a major head ache to install
22 February 2014
Summary: My i7 4770k is humming away at 25c with this thing spinning on top of it. I'm really happy with it now. Conversely, I was so irritated I almost threw it out the window while I was installing it. It literally took me two hours to install; it took me more time to install this than to put together every other piece of my PC combined. It would make things easier to just completely take your motherboard out when you install this. Lining up the pins with the screw holes...
Summary: They are great coolers and look nice to. This is my second I had to replace my first cause the bearing was starting to get noisy and the fan was starting to slow way down. That old cooler ran for 3 years straight 24 hours a day. So if this one lasts that long I will be very happy. It keep my I5-2500k overclocked nice and cool!!
Summary: works better than the bulky Cool Master I had. Not to mention it is quieter. Orb design looks nice, I like the blue LEDs, and it affords better access to the RAM slots. All of this, for about the same price as any decent name brand air cooled CPU fan. I am running i7 with a Nvidia 660 Ti GPU. I am not overclocking much, but i do play high demand games and this keeps everything under 50*C.
Summary: First, this thing looks amazing, and probably works great, but it is not designed for AM3+ processors, even though it's printed right in the install manual. There is no way to make the included brackets work without bending them, or REALLY forcing the board toward the mounting bracket. On top of that, mine was missing screws, and the fan was actually crooked between the two sets of fins.