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Pros: see previous
Cons: see previous
Other Thoughts: This is an update to my previous review because a user asked a question but I can't see how to answer it. The dimensions of this cooler are:
130 mm > height off of motherboard
90 mm > perpendicular to airflow
75 mm > parallel to airflow
It's still working great. I have two fans mounted to mine, both blowing into the cooler (this worked better than push-pull). Update to mounting instructions in case you don't see my 1st review:
1) X-shaped piece goes on back of mobo.
2) Knurled nuts w/ threaded rods on each end go through front of mobo to hold X-shaped piece. Use fiber washers between knurled nuts and board surface!
3) Flat bars go from one knurled nut threaded rod to the other (will only fit one way).
4) Flat bar threaded rods point UP.
5) Multi-angled bar goes from one flat bar threaded rod to the other ON TOP OF the cooler block (this clamps the cooler to the CPU).
Pros: Low price. Nice AMD management software, fast, above-decent graphics
Other Thoughts: My new build is finally running well enough to stress test. Prime95's four worker threads got 18, 19, 13, and 8 tests completed in 36 minutes running at 3.8Ghz (utility-managed tuning). Definitely a great value and another win for AMD.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: very good performance, good looking, not too bulky, fan attachments keep it quiet
Cons: instructions are spartan, misleading, and printed so small they're practically impossible to read
Other Thoughts: I was already going to review this for the undeniably horrible assembly instructions but after some stress testing and seeing some other users' temp readings now I can at least add the positive note that it's working great. My box is an ASUS F2A5M Pro with an AMD A8-5600K Trinity. At ambient of 22C the AMD sensor-monitor app is giving me 24C idle to 38C after 5 min. of Prime95.
As for the instructions, well, they are what they are. I had to get out a magnifying glass to make sense of pretty much every drawing - and then a couple of them still didn't make sense. Briefly, in case it might help anyone:
1) Remove all existing cooler mount pieces. None of them are used.
2) The X-shaped piece attaches to *the back* of the board using the tall, knurled nuts. Don't forget fiber washers on the bottom of the knurled nuts! (this is not in the instructions)
3) Those knurled nuts form a platform for one of the two pairs of long, flat steel bars (the angled ones are for AMD, other for Intel). Out of the many parts, these will be the only ones which will fit (long-ways) on the knurled nuts.
4) Attach the bars with their threaded rods *pointed up*.
5) There's a bar with two angles which goes between (perpendicular to, at the middle) the bars attached in 4). This will go *on top of* the bottom block of the cooler and function to clamp it onto the CPU.