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Monday, May 03, 2021
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
-Offers good value for the price to performance ratio
-Cooler Master support is non-existent. -2 support tickets closed without resolving issue
I own 4 of these coolers for various PC's in my home. The latest one I purchased 10 months ago. I had the fan fail on my and tried to get it replaced under warranty. I created a support request ticket, the ticket was unanswered for 2 months and the closed. I created another ticket, I did receive a response 4 weeks later asking me to provide the information that I already summitted with the support request (proof of purchase, mailing address, phone number, etc.) I provided all the information again and my support ticket went unanswered and then was closed. This says a lot about this company. I won't be purchasing any Cooler Master products in the near future.
Wednesday, December 23, 2020
From: Edmonton West
- Actually good in cooling capacity
- Difficult to install - Crappy materials - Lacking instructions - Cheap fan
Had to buy this cooler to have something while memory express checks my liquid cooler for malfunctioning. Its a terrible design of the install bracket, the bolts are crappy and prone to stripping. Having a nut on one side and bolt on the other side with nut not being secured at all by the bracket is a terrible idea. The torque strips the bolt very easily and they start both to rotate. Also, the nut has to be put on just the right way to allign the threads, or again, the bolt gets stripped while getting the nut on. I do not recommend it to anyone. Spend 10 dollars more and get black edition of it, which for some reason has a lot better bracket design and much easier to install.
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
It does a good job cooling the CPU.
I had to replace the fan. Contacted Cooler Master to verify compatible parts and they took a month to reply. Then the fan they suggested started to wobble after just 2 months of operation.
A fan that works well for cooling but doesn't last long isn't worth the money even if it is cheap
Friday, July 17, 2020
From: North Vancouver
Works well Very cheap Customizable
No LEDs Very large form factor
Luckily I have a case that this fits in, it is HUGE, so make sure it fits before committing. Even then it is very close to my DIMMs! That being said, it works like a charm, dropped my temp by 10° C compared to the AMD stock cooler at idle, and 15° C under load. It comes with one fan, with no LEDs, but you can add a second Fan and replace the fans with any standard 120mm FAN, including LED versions in future if you want. I am very happy with the upgrade for the price.
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
From: Leduc, AB
- Once installed temps were noticeably cooler then before (was idling in the high 40s to low 50s prior to install. Am now idling in high 30s with occasionally hitting 28 Celsius to low 40s). - Enough thermal paste is included to utilize for 1-2 other cooler installs. - 2nd set of clips for a 2nd fan are included. - 4 screws to attach 2nd set of clips to fan are included. - 4 small rubber anti-vibration pads for 2nd fan are included.
Instructions as others have said may have been written by Satan himself, or a close relative. Only 4 extra anti-vibration pads for the 2nd fan. No extras IF you ever have to replace a fan (pads must be removed to unscrew the clips from the fan) In my case, one nut for the backplate, would not screw on at all until using a tap & dye to straighten up the threads. Threads were fudged up right out of the box.
I bought this obviously to cool down my CPU, as in the summer time, the stock Intel Core i5 Cooler just wasn't cutting it, especially when gaming, which effectively limited me to gaming only in the winter time, since the cold/ low ambient temps in the room helped in keeping the CPU cooler, along with the cooler. I bought this as part of a "semi-big" gaming setup overhaul which involved me relocating my PC to a new desk. Anyways, now that there's some back story, onto the cooler itself. The gentleman at Memory Express who served me, was able to answer any & all questions regarding it. Obviously, prior to me purchasing I had researched this cooler for 3-4 months, to make sure it would fit inside my Enermax Ostrog GT Mid-Tower Case (spoiler: it did). The night before I purchased & installed the cooler, I watched 1-3 install videos on YouTube of it being installed to an LGA 1150 socket, which is the socket I have on my PC. Install was relatively easy, even with the picture only instructions. I did have to make 2 attempts at since my first attempt, something didn't feel right when screwing it down & IO did not want to force anything. All in all, the install went well with some help of a family member to the cooler itself steady & help me wiggle the fans into place on the cooler. I had to wiggle the one down the cooler, since I have Corsair Vengeance RAM, which consequently was in the way of clipping the fan on exactly where it needed to be & my GPU was tight to 2 of the 4 clips I would've needed to release to remove my RAM in order to clip the fan on. Me & this family member both gently used a tiny flathead screw driver & our fingers to gently hold the clips away from the fins & slide it down into place. I also installed a 2nd fan for a push/ pull configuration which installed much easier since I had room to clip it on directly where it needed to be. Reading some of the reviews here on Memory Express, I came across one that said they were able to rotate/ turn the cooler after the screws had been tightened down. I was worried about that happening in my case, but after tightening down the screws completely my worry was wiped away as the cooler was not loose at all. I feel either they got a "bad" kit, or possibly had a mishap during the install. On the cooler where that X-bracket goes, there's that center hole that the bracket sits in, BUT then there is a small "post" next to it that lines up with a certain slot on the bracket depending what your socket type is. I feel this person perhaps didn't get that "post" lined up with the respective slot on the X-Bracket, or perhaps installed the bracket with the slots for that "post" on the opposite side, because I believe the function of that small "post" is to prevent the cooler from being able to rotate after being installed. In summary, this is a great budget cooler & I highly recommend it for anyone who's like me & has heard horror stories of water cooling & so has sworn to stay away from water cooling. I have yet to really test it in a session with some friends but I am confident it will help based on what I've seen regards to improvements already. Be mindful of what case you install it in though. I learned through a review on Amazon for this cooler, that it will just fit my case (mentioned above). After putting my side panel back on, I could see through the glass panel that there is approximately a 1/2 inch (possibly a bit more) of clearance between those 4 copper points on top & the panel. I feel that if my glass panel was completely flush/ smooth with the rest of the panel, that this cooler may not have fit at all. (Google search my case listed above to see what I mean).
Saturday, May 09, 2020
By: K.R. LaBossiere
Once installed, the temperature was a constant 32-34°C. I had water cooling prior to this setup and its only a couple of degrees more. I am extremely impressed with its price to performance. The biggest strength is if a fan goes you still have passive cooling. Best thing yet is install a second fan just in case one dies you still have great cooling. My water cooling by Vantec was boiling at the block in seconds when the water pump failed and could have fried my cpu causing me to have to upgrade to a new motherboard, mem and cpu if not caught in time. My computer did not shut down and went to bios overheating fault and kept boiling. No more water cooling for me. The right air cooler is just as good and more reliable.
The instructions are not well done. A word or two may have been a benefit then just drawings to go by. Biggest flaw of the whole setup.
Besides the instructions, this product is a definite YES. Way better than water cooling in my opinion. water cooling is soooo.. nit worth it. Especially with an investment of a whole system at stake. Only saying this because parts for computers become obsolete after 4-5 years and if a water cooling rig fails its complete new rebuild for the core components.
Thursday, May 07, 2020
The screws and nuts used to connect the cooler to the motherboard are worse than third world quality. Of the four screws only 2 threaded, one cross threaded and eventually broke while attempting to tighten it and one would not thread at all.
For those who get this installed, it appears to work nicely and cool well and the price is very attractive, however if you can't mount it because of cheap hardware, what's its real value? I would stay clear of this unit and pay the money for better quality.
Monday, December 30, 2019
Took my AMD FX6300 from a normal idle temp with stock heatsink of 37 ~ 39 °C, and now it runs at 18 ~ 19 °C even under load - and the room ambient is 18 °C to start with)! Only used 1 fan with it, didn't need anything more.
Mine was for a socket AM3+ and the mounting clamps preset points did NOT line up, which made actual mounting a pain. However, it still sits correctly, just had to grow an extra hand to hold it while setting the screws.
Bought for $25 to replace a failed stock heatsink. AMAZING performance for a fan-cooled heatsink - very impressed!
Monday, June 17, 2019
Is a great cooler that took my 80 degrees Celsius ryzen 3 1300x down to 46° Celsius under max load.
I would suggest getting someone to help you with installation if possible as it is a bit tricky to hold down and tighten.
Overall it is a great bang for your buck cooler and I would highly recommend buying this is you're considering it.