Date Joined: 12/09/02
Pros: - Keeps CPU cool (Delidded i7-6700K @ 4.8GHz ~60C)
- Pump is quiet
- Fits compatible cases nicely (Corsair Vengeance C70)
Cons: - Annoying vibration noise at any speed. Fans should include vibration pads.
- Fans are loud past 50%
Overall Review: I recommend this cooler but take into consideration fan and case noise. I ended up replacing the fans with quieter fans that have fluid bearings and vibration pads. Extra $30 but solved all my noise problems.
Pros: Works at rated speeds using XMP profile on an ASRock Z170 Extreme 7+ (BIOS v1.70) Motherboard. Not much else to say besides that it looks good in benchmarks.
Overall Review: If you are overclocking your CPU make sure to increase the CPU Cache Ratio to the same multiplier as your CPU to maximize your memory bandwidth.
Cons: Maybe too cheap. Anti-snag shroud makes it extremely difficult to unplug from any device, the material just doesn't have any give. Not a single one I bought would support gigabit Ethernet had to switch back to Cat5e.
Overall Review: Bought 10 and none of them support gigabit Ethernet. Great quality control...
Pros: It works.
Cons: runs hot, does not come with heatsink for southbridge (see the newegg images). The BIOS is glitchy. Needs to be reset once every 1 to 2 weeks (optimal defaults). Got it for my brother 1 month after the board was released and it has had the same issue ever since then even after every new BIOS release. It's just an annoyance.
Overall Review: Been doing business with Newegg since 2003 and never had a problem with service or merchandise.