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Pros: Works GREAT. Right now I have my FX-8300 at 4.75Ghz/1.54v under load with Intel Burn Test. Temps stay under 61c with 75F room temp. Fan at max though. The fan also does a decent job cooling the VRMs down to 78C under these conditions.
With my old Arctic Freezer 64 and CPU at 4.4Ghz/1.4 volts temps would be at about 72c with 75F room temp.
Cons: USED, sold as new. The fins on the heat sink had water spots all over them. The little rubber pads were all torn off their protective paper and scattered and stuck all over the box inside--so I had to super-glue them to the fan. There was old thermal grease-enough to cover my entire CPU-in between the heat pipes at the base of the cooler.
Other Thoughts: It rattles like crazy without them pads on, so put them on.
Thanks for the used unit, Silverstone, it really sets a precedent as it is my first Silverstone product. Would have been FIVE eggs. But, meh...
This review is from: GELID Solutions GC-Extreme Thermal Compound
Pros: It's not bad.
Cons: They could have put a little more paste in there.
Other Thoughts: The tube's outer dimensions are about 60mmx20mm... you only get twenty of the sixty millimeters full of paste.
When I run the paste under hot water and go to spread it on, the spatula scrapes all the way down to the metal. It's pretty runny. When it cools, it's pretty hard to spread.
I really only saw a 2-3c improvement over the last few drops of my 7-year-old tube of Arctic Silver 5 that cost way less per volume. That was with a thin layer spread across the heatsink--an AC Freezer 64. I'll retry with my usual method of the "dot in the middle"... it works for this cooler, and if there's any improvement in the temps I'll write another review.
Pros: It booted up, looks nice.
Cons: I freshly installed Windows 10 then put in the Driver CD and installed the AI Suite to see how that was. Meh, it was OK, but I decided to Uninstall it. It totally jacked up the network drivers somehow when I uninstalled. After uninstalling the LAN drivers, rebooting, and installing them again (five or six time), they still didn't work. So I cheated and used system restore. A good waste of two hours of my night. First world problems.
Other Thoughts: Found this combo deal including an FX-8350 and some 2133Mhz Gskill RAM. 300 bucks! Everything booted up fine and worked right away--along with a Crucial BX200 SSD.READ FULL REVIEW