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Great - if massive, heatsink!
on 15 July 2013
I'm submitting this roughly one year in with this cooler. I'd seen many a good review online, which had me more-or-less sold to it, apart from one which bore bad thermal results due to the heatsink plate apparently being concave.
I decided to go with the majority of reviews and buy it nevertheless. I also went for this rather than the Pro (with the two fans) as I wanted to be able to fit high-profile Corsair Vengeance RAM with it in my P8Z77 Pro.
I can confirm that mounting with the fan pointing to the back of the case allows 4 x high-profile modules without issue. In fact the RAM slots are completely unimpeded. Facing front, you can fit 2 high-profile modules and potentially 2 low-profile. I have not tested this however.
Mounting the cooler can be a little tricky, but OK if you ensure you follow the diagrams closely.
As far as cooling/quietness goes, it's really, really great. I'm running a 3570K @ 4.6Ghz and the idle temp is 34C. Under full load the CPU rarely hits 50C. This is achieved also with NO other case fans (silence is a priority for me, and my existing case fans are noisy as heck). For the most part, the fan is completely inaudible, and can stay quite happily cooling the CPU efficiently at 25% (400RPM). Even at 60% the fan is barely heard, and can only really be heard above other components when stressing the CPU running 2 x Orthos Prime instances with Affinity set to CPU0+1 and 2+3 respectively. This is when each core is over 80C and the fan is ramped up to 100%.
In normal gaming operation this would clearly never happen, and as such the fan is completely silent.
The only thing I would say is, at 166mm this thing is a beast - it actually does not fit my case, which is my fault entirely as I didn't measure up beforehand! This has forced me to buy another case, which I'm happy to do, as this performs so well.