Top critical review
Too big and not cool enough
on November 17, 2011
Probably okay for a light computer user, and some video gaming, but not at all for creating digital media (Adobe Illustrator, Premiere, After Effects, etc).
-A little too big. The edge of it is actually resting on the heat-spreader of one of the RAM cards.
-Average temperature is about 35C during cool days and 45C during hot days. However, you can't overclock at all with this cooler, as it springs to 85C+ during any rendering or media conversion.
-The coolant that comes with it is pretty cheap and not very effective. I scrapped it off and put a new kind on, which was a little bit better (by about 5 degrees)
If you're going to use this for creating digital media, especially video, I highly recommend keeping a CPU temp reader on at all times with an overheat prevention killswitch. Several times I've walked away during a small render, seeing the temp float around 65C and then come back to find the CPU reached over 90C within a minute.