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Pros: First modular supply. Cables are long and quite flexible. They are flat cables, which I now can see why people want the sleeved ones, as configuration was kinda wonky since this was installed int he top of my case rather than the bottom.
Cons: Would have been nice to have the sleeved cables instead of the flat cables.
Other Thoughts: I can also see why some people say to get shorter cables for a mini-itx case. These would be WAY too long for one.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Arctic Silver CMQ2-2.7G Céramique 2 Tri-Linear Ceramic Thermal Compound - OEM
Pros: Much thicker than Silver 5. This may be a boon or a bane. The cooler I used is a Zalman, and none of the ones I've used by them have had mirrored contact surfaces, so the consistency came much in handy. Not sure if this is good for mirrored surfaces one way or the other.
Cons: None as of yet.
Other Thoughts: None.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Pretty good little cooler for it's intended purpose. I have no idea what kind of RAM people are using, but I use Ballistix Sport and had no problem with clearance with the 2 closer of the 4 RAM slots being utilized. Fan is very quiet, and is 4-pin. See other thoughts for further comment.
Cons: It is somewhat delicate, but that is to be expected out of an aluminum heat sink.
Other Thoughts: I've used a few Zalman coolers now, and my impression has been such that they are meant to exceed stock coolers, while not being of the caliber of overclocking-performance coolers.
This in mind, I have no idea why anyone who has ever used an aftermarket cooler would think you'd be safe putting this particular unit onto an 8-core processor, much less to overclock said processor on top of that. The guy who claims he melted the cooler to his CPU did both of these things, but it also sounds as if he used thermal ADHESIVE instead of COMPOUND which would also cause such an incident to happen, as adhesive would literally "glue" the cooler to the processor (every manufacturer website I know of out there flat out tells you not to use adhesive for CPU's, especially Arctic). Don't use thermal adhesive on your CPU.
I used Ceramique 2 by Arctic, not because I think it would actually benefit from the more advanced compound, but because I am just anally retentive and wanted to use the best as none of the Zalman's I've ever used, while being superior to all their stock counterparts, have ever had a mirrored surface on the contact point and this particular compound is much thicker in consistency than Silver 5. This was my first time ever using Ceramique, but the cooler has already dropped my idle temp by about 5 degrees and this isn't even 1 cycle into the break in period for the compound.
Also, this has been seated to a non-unlocked, 3.0ghz Deneb-based Athlon 2 X3, and has no issue with moving around as some people have claimed on AM2/AM3 formats. I'm guessing theirs isn't an AM2/AM3 format, primarily based on the fact I've had a couple of computer tech stores try to sell me parts for the older Socket A which is not the same mounting bracket as the AM2/AM3/AM3+ bracket, while arguing with me that it was the same until they took the older Socket A out from their back store stash and compared it side-by-side with an AM2 or AM3.
I hope this rant clears up some confusion out there.