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Nice and quiet,
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This review is from: ARCTIC Alpine 64 Pro Rev.2 - 90 Watts Low Noise CPU Cooler for AMD Sockets with Patented Fan Holder - Patented Anti-Vibration System (Personal Computers)
My existing stock AMD fan was starting to make disturbing clicking noises, so I tried this as a replacement. I was a bit apprehensive at first, as both heatsink and fan are quite a bit larger than the original, but all worked out well.
Fitting it went pretty smoothly; I was able to clean off the old dried-up paste with white spirit, and the new heatsink has a thermal pad on it, meaning no extras were necessary. In fact when I didn't get it correctly positioned at first it allowed me to slide it across a bit without any problems. Working within the confines of the case made it a little fiddly, but it wasn't the problem I feared it might be. There was no obstruction of other components or cables.
The plastic frame in which the fan is mounted is attached to the main frame by rubber standoffs, which are presumably to reduce vibration. How much difference this makes I don't know, but it certainly didn't do any harm.
Being a larger, lower-speed fan than the original makes it noticeably quieter, which is a definite bonus, and from initial checks seems to keep the CPU slightly cooler as well (39°C instead of 43°C).
So, in summary: fitting is straightforward; don't be put off. No need for extras such as thermal paste remover, or extra thermal paste for fitting. Significantly quieter than the original fan, and cooler too.