Summary: The cooler works well. I tried to get my hands on a red LED version but they tended to be 20$+ extra, which i found not to be worth it. The installation was going well until I hit the last screw in the upper back corner of my case (Corsair Carbide Spec 03). It was TIGHT and I wouldn't have been able to get the tool or the screw in place unless I removed the back case fan.
Summary: I think that for the price, it's a really good cooler.. I've had it for almost 2 years and it has been great... only once had a problem with it because it was extremely dirty, when disassembling and when I washed it, the fan stopped working... I looked for a way to change the fan but this is a very specific fan mechanism made for this fan only... After some cleaning the fan started to work again which made my day...
Summary: I've use Zalman products with excellent results before so this is extremely disappointing. I tried to install this on Asus for Phenom XII 955. It wasn't meant to be. don't waste your time or money. this is a poorly designed product. there is no way to install the fan on the CPU without a 2nd pair of hands. the supplied hex isn't long enough nor sturdy nor the right size for some of the screws. it shredded one and I was able to salvage it with my own, bigger hex wrench.
Summary: I'd rather pay an extra $10 and get one specific to my motherboard. Zalman is getting cheap and I'm finally fed up with them. Was easily the worst part of my new computer install. Previous models have instantly snapped in. Will not be buying Zalman ever again.
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.