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Thermaltake CLP0579 120mm Contac 30 Intel LGA-2011 Ready 160W TDP Heatpipe Direct-contact Technology CPU Cooler

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  • 800 - 2,000 RPM
  • 29.434 - 72.084 CFM
  • Alumium Fins & Aluminum Extrusion Cover

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
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  • Michael F.
  • 7/8/2013 3:53:29 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsalmost 3 years and still going strong

Pros: This heatsink/fan has kept my cpu cool for almost 3 years and is still quiet.
Great longevity and quality for the money($32.99 in 10/2010).
Glossy fan doesn't collect dust as much as the non-glossy fans. when the dust does collect, it's easier to notice and clean off the fan.

I used this with an AMD Athlon 64 X2 Kuma 7750 2.7GHz Black Edition and could overclock to 3.0GHz and keep it stable.
When I upgraded to an AMD Phenom2 X4 965 3.4Ghz Black Edition, I overclocked it to a stable 3.9GHz. I put it though the Prime95 "torture test" for 24 hours and the temp never went above 57degrees Celsius.

Cons: The rubber fan mounts are somewhat difficult to deal with (however they do almost eliminate vibration noise from the fan).
The installation for this requires it to be positioned so that the airflow will be going toward the top of the case or down toward the bottom of the case. I wanted the exhaust to go out the back of the case, not up into my power supply or down onto my graphics card. The power supply gets warmer than when I had the stock cooler installed because of this issue.

Other Thoughts: I bought this after I bought the computer case (Rosewill Conqueror). If I had known about the installation issue in the "Con"section, I would have bought a different case where the PSU mounted on the bottom, or, bought a different heatsink/fan that aimed the exhaust out the back of the case..

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/23/2013 7:26:45 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsInstalled on fx series amd

Pros: Awesome design, huge cooler/heatsink for the money.
fits in my inwin f430 case, also no issues near memory with a msi board.
runs my amd fx 6100 at around 30-32 deg cel at idle
overclocked it to 4.1 with little to no temp increase, Yet to see it under full load overclocked (because im waiting for my gtx560ti to get back from rma)
i was able to install it in less than 15 min, even with board removal from the case.
Sits in there solid and doesnt move which is a huge plus

Cons: Instruction diagrams are vague, but it can be figured out without them,
the thermal compound is NO GOOD, put some other aftermarket thermal paste on it. i was lucky to have some of the good stuff lyin around,
the mounts on the bottom of the fan can be a little tricky to get in after install but its doable just dont get impatient

Other Thoughts: i would recommend it to anyone with enough room in the case that wants to toss those stock coolers

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  • tim m.
  • 5/11/2013 1:53:13 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFan Mounts the worst

Pros: works great.. keeps CPU cool....

Cons: rubber fan mounts suck. these fan mounts are the worst I have ever seen. if you mother board is already in the case putting this fan back on is gonna make you mad.

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  • Frank A.
  • 3/22/2013 7:06:58 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorth the Effort

Pros: Keeps temps down to about 30 degrees C. Huge, but works at keeping processor cool even with fan at half speed. Fan is very quiet at all speeds. Well made, lots of copper, lots of surface area on the heat sink. Fan is replaceable and glows a strong blue LED.

Fits securely when installed correctly.

Cons: Instructions are an abomination. The instructions mislead you into thinking the plastic support plate goes on the top of the motherboard, but it's on the bottom. This took a considerable amount of time to correct by going to the Thermaltake website where they have more detailed instructions. Many of this board claim it's not worth the aggravation, and I almost gave up, until I went to the site. Please do not waste your time with instruction booklet, just go to their site. It's worth it.

Other Thoughts: This fan is running idle at 30 Degrees C on an Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz processor. The fan is set to half speed on motherboard and is super quiet.

Installed onto 1155 socket Processor.

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  • Joseph I.
  • 3/1/2013 7:51:54 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat cooler

Pros: I previously had this for my FX-8120 but I lost one screw during a move so I had to buy this again, but it does the job so well. I now have an FX-8350 and idle between 30-34C I recommend this to anybody that wants something cheap and reliable.

Cons: None

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  • Vedran S.
  • 2/9/2013 2:59:57 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Heatsink

Pros: Supports pretty much any processor out there right now. Very Quiet. It can also support a push/pull configuration and you do the little rubber mounts for it too in the package. Simple Instructions.

Cons: It is very big. If you have a Mid-Size ATX tower with a side fan, forget the side fan, this heatsink is going to be in the way.

Other Thoughts: I replaced a Zalman 9700 Nvidia Edition that has served me well with this Heatsink for my i7 2700k. Noise wise, this one is near silent compared to the Zalman, and on top of that, you can use a push pull configuration if you choose to. And it is cheaper retail then the Zalman. Temps are about the same at Idle, around 28C, havent pushed the heatsink yet to the limit to see the temps, but I rarely use Programs that Demand 100% of CPU all the time. Nice Heatsink!!

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  • Nicholas P.
  • 1/11/2013 12:06:38 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsBig Cooler, Small price

Pros: This Contac 30 was purchased to replace a CM Hyper101i that was not keeping a q6600 quad cool enough. With the CM, temps would reach 80c+ during small FFT tests in Prime95, that was with a 1.44Vcore. Now, with the Contact 30, Vcore has been raised to 1.5v, and the temperature stays below 70c in the small FFT test. This cooler dissipates some SERIOUS heat for the $$$. And That is only with the supplied fan, I have not tested a push/pull setup yet. I have it exhausting out the top of my Z9 Plus.

Cons: -Supplied thermal paste was the consistancy of silly putty. It would not spread, and I was able to make little figurines out of it, in short, DO NOT use it, throw it away and buy some Arctic Silver 5.

-The supplied pictorial diagrams make no sense at all, until you read the little captions to the right of them and imagine it inside your head. just ignore the pics and use your brain and its not too hard (for intel users that is). AMD installation is a tad bit tougher.

Other Thoughts: This cooler is Massive, it barely cleared my side panel on a Zalman Z9 Plus case, which has an extra bit of clearance with a widened side panel, if I did not have that extra bit of clearance, this would not have fit in the case. If I had a fan on my side panel, There would have been no way to install it without moving that fan.

This fan competes with a hyper 212+, within 1-2 degrees celcius of the 212, the 212 does edge it out though, but this was cheaper.

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  • Mark C.
  • 12/22/2012 9:12:46 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

2 out of 5 eggsDifficult installation for AMD

Pros: Large, effective cooling. Will no doubt support any processor I throw at it in the foreseeable future.

Cons: As a couple of the reviewers has pointed out you must put the fan on AFTER you mount the heatsink, so why did they ship it with it ON? You have to take it off just to put it back on in the first place. I ended up having to configure it as pull instead of the default push position because it was just too much of a pain to maneuver it with the RAM and a top case fan.

Other Thoughts: It may seem harsh to take three eggs off for this, because it does seem to perform well but I think the overall ratings have been too high and doesn't take into account this issue ENOUGH. It's as if whoever designed this thing realized they need this then that, so you end up having multiple sets of mounting hardware and then can't even mount it with the fan already on. Thermaltake just failed on the implementation on this one. I do NOT recommend it and they should sell it for even less than they have been (it has been less than the current $20 AR on Newegg elsewhere) to clear it out and start paying attention to how they do things.

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  • Michael W.
  • 11/30/2012 2:36:16 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsHorrible Experience

Pros: None of note

Cons: I ordered this fan to replace my stock intel heatsink that came with my computer, as this fan advertised support of a 775 socket. However, it was overall a terrible experience. Starting out, I am lucky that I was mounting for an intel replacement, as no AMD instructions were ever included in my package. The lack of instructions makes me wonder if anything else was left out. I appeared to have all intel parts, so I started out by trying to mount the bottom plate for this heatsink. The instructions showed how the screws should be positioned for a 775 socket, but shortly found out it was impossible to mount it in any direction with the 775 screwholes. I could only mount as a 1366, which makes no sense as my board is definitely a 775, not a 1366 socket. I fumbled through the vague instructions, and after sometime, finally managed to get the plate mounted as the instructions did not show the installation methods or uses of most of the included parts.

The next part came to be the assembly of the heatsink and its mounts. Again, I was given vague instructions, and was forced to figure much of this out on my own. What's more, the design is unforgiving for left-handed people like myself. The screw mounts are awkwardly positioned and as such, I completely tore up my knuckles and fingers throughout screwing in the T-mount bars. After managing to finally get the screws to set properly, I went on to mount the CPU fan. It mounted just fine, but once again was awkwardly set up, causing more scrapes on my fingers, however it set just fine. Though it set fine, I came to find out that this mounting process left almost a quarter inch gap between the heatsink and the CPU itself. This could have possibly been at fault of the mount not being mountable as a 775, and only a 1366.

Other Thoughts: I am very aggravated from this experience, and though it may have been isolated, this likely marks the last time I will ever handle with a Thermaltake product. After extensive work, the only end product I got was myself getting out a restocking fee, the cost of an RMA label, and bruised fingers. Though the quality of the item itself seemed solid, I would not recommend this fan to anybody else.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,
We at Thermaltake apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused you. Please contact support team for installation instructions.
Intel Installation:
Thermaltake USA Customer Service
Toll free: 1-800-988-1088 M-F 9:00AM ~ 5:30PM (P.S.T)

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  • Michael W.
  • 11/29/2012 5:56:39 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsHorrible Experience

Pros: Nothing of note

Cons: I purchased this fan to replace my stock intel one in hopes that it would perform as an adequate replacement. I received nothing but headaches and frustration from this fan. I purchased this fan to replace my old one as it stated it supported the 775 socket. I am lucky that I was replacing an Intel fan, as the only included instructions were for Intel and AMD installations were nowhere to be found.

Upon trying to install this fan given included instructions, I found myself questioning the process all along the way as the instructions were very vague. Of what little I could make out, I tried installing the back plate in the 775 position according to the screw holes on the diagram, but it was physically impossible to do so. The only way the plate would mount (no matter how I rotated it) was as a 1366 (which makes no sense, as my board is a 775).

After finally mounting the back plate, I had further difficulty with assembly as the instructions were once again vague. Furthermore, the fan featured a poor user design for those who are left handed. Throughout assembling the fan, I scraped and bruised my knuckles all along the metal of the heatsink.

Once I had gotten through assembling all the parts, I was finally ready to mount to the motherboard. Everything mounted well with ease (although I suffered a few more scrapes and cuts), but it was all for naught when I came to find out that the mounting method left a noticeable gap between the heatsink and the processor itself. The gap was sizeable, and likely at the cause of the backplate being mounted as a 1366 on a 775. Nonetheless, no matter how I redid the installation, the gap remained.

Other Thoughts: Though it could have been an isolated bad experience, this will likely mark the last time I ever order a Thermaltake fan. The vague instructions, unforgiving design, and incompatibility was nothing more than frustrating.

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