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DEEPCOOL GAMMAXX S40 CPU Cooler 4 Heatpipes 120mm PWM Fan Compact Heatsink Small size fit in slim cases
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Installing this heatsink was fairly straight forward, but a little cramped with my setup. There isn't a lot to say about a heatsink, so despite the equal amount of pros and cons, I still give this a 4/5.

I replaced my stock cooler for my AMD Phenom II X4 955 and noticed the idle temperatures drop from 43C -> 32C. Under heavy load it was able to drop the highest temperature from 65C -> 56C, so it does fairly well.

So far as sound goes, it is a million times quieter than stock, but still somewhat audible when at 100%. I generally can't hear it over my case fans and hard drives and they aren't very loud either.

The heatsink came with 3 different mounting brackets, two for Intel and one for AMD. I didn't need to replace any mounting parts on my motherboard, it fit with the stock mounts.

Cons: Certainly not for slim cases. I have a full size ATX case and the top of the cooler is within an inch of the side panel.

The fins that dissipate the heat from the heat pipes feel like they could give you the metal equivalent of a paper cut, so watch out.

The fan can mount to either side of the heatsink, but can only push air through the heatsink, never pull it. This means if you want the air to be pushed out the back of the case, you need to install the fan on the opposite side from the back of the case.

Also of note, the fins are very easily bent, but also easily bent back into position.

Other Thoughts: Overall for the price, this is a pretty decent option. There are a few more minor things I noticed, but weren't really something that turned me away from this cooler.

The fan ended up touching my RAM, not pushing on it, but you can't slip a piece of paper between them. This is on a MSI 870A-G54 motherboard and using the slots nearest the CPU. If you have short RAM sticks, it might fit underneath it.

The tabs for holding the heatsink down on AMD systems can be hard to reach. I had to use a screwdriver in the small space between the power supply and the heatsink to lock the first tab. It was almost underneath the fins and not easily reachable. Removing the power supply would make it easier, but then the power supply would not have been able to go back in.

If you are installing this in a new build, I would recommend installing the CPU and heatsink before installing it in the case. Just make sure not to bend the fins while installing it.

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AMD FX-6300 Vishera 6-Core 3.5GHz (4.1GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W FD6300WMHKBOX Desktop Processor
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Runs as advertised (except the cooler) 07/13/2015

This review is from: AMD FX-6300 Vishera 6-Core 3.5GHz (4.1GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W FD6300WMHKBOX Desktop Processor

Pros: Plop it in to the board and away you go. Does what it advertises. I have used AMD for years and never been disappointed (aside for the thing in the cons).

Cons: Included heat sink and fan are garbage! Idled around 50 C. Computer would last a few hours before over-heating and turning off. I replaced the included thermal compound with Arctic Silver 5 and didn't improve much (it was properly applied).

I finally replaced the stock heatsink and fan with an old Zalman I bought +5 years ago for an AM2. Instantly dropped the temps by 15 C across the board. No more thermal shutdowns.

Plan on buying a better cooler if you use this CPU!

Other Thoughts: The stock cooler appeared to be aluminum, but very cheaply made and the surface that makes contact with the CPU is very rough. Not polished at all.

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AMD FX-6300 Vishera 6-Core 3.5GHz (4.1GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W FD6300WMHKBOX Desktop Processor
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Runs well, stock cooler is garbage 07/13/2015

This review is from: AMD FX-6300 Vishera 6-Core 3.5GHz (4.1GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W FD6300WMHKBOX Desktop Processor

Pros: Plop it in to the board and away you go. Does what it advertises. I have used AMD for years and never been disappointed (aside for the thing in the cons).

Cons: Included heat sink and fan are garbage! Idled around 50 C. Computer would last a few hours before over-heating and turning off. I replaced the included thermal compound with Arctic Silver 5 and didn't improve much (it was properly applied).

I finally replaced the stock heatsink and fan with an old Zalman I bought +5 years ago for an AM2. Instantly dropped the temps by 15 C across the board. No more thermal shutdowns.

Plan on buying a better cooler if you use this CPU!

Other Thoughts: The stock cooler appeared to be aluminum, but very cheaply made and the surface that makes contact with the CPU is very rough. Not polished at all.

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