Low-noise Mode(1,8002,600rpm) - Supports all speeds
1.Compatible with AMD Opteron, Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core, Athlon 64 FX, Athlon 64, and Sempron for SocketAM2/754/939/940.2.Pure copper heatsink with component layout optimized for maximum cooling efficiency.3.Innovative, patented, and curved heatpipe design for a heat transfer capacityof up to six heatpipes with the use of just three.4. Ultra slim fins (0.2mm) for minimized weight and reduced airflow resistance. 5.Adjustable fan speed controller (FAN MATE 2) included.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I had a tech install this thing (and I got the tech through Amazon, too, which was kinda cool) to replace my stock CPU cooler, which was starting to whine like a sixteen year old at Bible camp. (It was annoying and loud and needed to go into the garbage.)
This thing runs suuuuuuuper quiet. Like. I am so friggin happy with this item - I cannot overstate it. I was a little concerned that the AMD green LED would be annoying, but it's actually not so bright that it chafes - it's actually kinda nice, and it's growing on me, in spite of myself.
Final note: YES, the AM2 bracket will fit AM3 chips! I run an AM3 chip, and it fits. I had a little trepidation about this, but it'll work, no worries.
My processor has always run hot; for one reason or another, it would routinely get 80+ degrees Celsius and shut itself down. After installing this item, even under the highest loads the temperatures of the cores don't exceed 55 degrees Celsius, and it idles around 40. Still pretty hot, but less than when it was brand new with the stock heat sink.
I had no problem at all installing it on my Athlon 6400+ AM2. the clip can be a bit tricky to work with, but if you can temporarily remove other items from your motherboard (I had to remove my video card), it can give you more room to maneuver. I can see how if you're careless you may cut yourself, but it shouldn't be a problem for anyone with a lick of common sense.
The green LED's clash with the blue LED's from my power supply, but if I cared about that I would have sprung more for a different color.
One caveat: shut your computer down and measure how much space you have with a wooden ruler (or other...
The first thing you'll notice is that it is big. In fact, I was afraid there would be issues with case crowding or interference with other components.
I installed this cooler on an Asus M32N SLI WiFi (Nvidia 590) motherboard with a newly added Phenom 9850. I opted to replace the Cooler Master (that also worked well) on my old X2 5200+ chip since it was already 2+ years old. It also let me evaluate the Zalman.
I had two concerns when I opened the box: clearance for my newly added Corsair Dominator (1066) RAM that has a very high profile due and the weight. To my great relief, it fits perfectly. The jury is still out on the weight and I presently have my tower case laying horizontal until I work up the nerve to stand it up. The installation bar is sturdy but I will reiterate: the unit is heavy and without question I will remove it before moving the system any large distance.
Finally, I couldn't be more pleased with the results. The stock Black Box...
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