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Pros: Awesome! Plays basically any game on high/ultra settings (1900x1200 resolution).
Able to overclock easily (running at 1000mhz easily...can probably push a bit further but no real reason to)
Other Thoughts: Got this last black friday for $180! An absolute steal for the performance at the time.
Got it to replace an nvidia 560 ti 448 and initially, I didn't really notice any drastic performance increase. This was ultimately due to my ancient cpu (Athlon X4 II 645) holding the video card back. I eventually upgraded to an i7 4770k and boy did it give this card room to stretch its legs! Drastic improvement in performance.
Considering now purchasing an r9 280 (rebadged version of this card) and have run them in crossfire....
Installation is really simple...no need to remove motherboard from the case. This was a big reason I went with this cooler.
Not ridiculously huge so it will most likely fit in any midtower case and larger (easily fits in my cheap Thermaltake WingRS 100 case)...another big reason I got this.
Fan is MUCH quieter than stock intel fan it replaced. Now the loudest component in my computer is a cheap 120mm intake fan I have in my case.
In terms of cooling performance, an improvement compared to stock cpu cooler it replaced (~10 degree drop). Without an overlcok, at idle, my temps are in the high 30s (C) and while gaming, mid to high 70s. Maxing out all cores with cinebench will reach ~80C
Cons: Not enough headroom, cooling-wise, to push my 4770k when overclocking. With a sliight overclock (have it Turbo up to 4.1ghz...no voltage increase), idle stays in the low 40s and gaming will run into the mid 80s. If I run Cinebench to max out all cores with the overclock, it will get into the 90s. Was hoping for a bit better performance considering the cooler is much bigger than the stock cooler.
Other Thoughts: Must admit, was hoping this would cool my 4770k a little better. I know these chips run ridiculously hot...I guess I was expecting a bit too much, which is fine...Can't really complain since this cooler is so cheap and quiet. After not seeing the temps I wanted, I removed the cooler and reapplied the thermal paste thinking that there was simply too much pre-applied thermal compound. Cleaned the cooler and the processor, applied a rice sized portion of thermal compond onto the cpu and reinstalled the cooler...Unfortunately I didn't see any improvements.
If you need a replacement fan for a stock cpu fan, this is definitely a solid choice considering the price, ease of installation, quiet operation and improved cooling performance...if you're expecting drastically better cooling to enable you to overclock your cpu, looks elsewhere.
Overall happy with my purchase since I didn't break the bank, my rig runs quiet (and if I feel like running with a slight overclock, I can)