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Pros It looks great, It's quiet, And it cools very well
Cons Fan mount
Summary I love the look, the performance, and the low noise level. If I bought another heat sink it would be the same one. Installation was Ok except for the fan mounting. You can't really install it with the fan in, and adding the fan after the heat sink isn't very easy. I'm running a Intel Q9550 quad core, default 2.83ghz, and I easily had it stable at 3.6ghz no voltage changes.
Cons The push-pins for the heatsink are a PITA!! I broke one of them trying when installing it. I am getting bolt-thru from a separate kit.
Summary This HSF could have been flawless if it had the bolt-thru screws instead of the included PITA plastic push-pins. Other than that, its a really nice HSF. CPU is idling at about 26C and the room is warm, so its running pretty cool without OC. Be careful with the HS edges. Also, I had to install the fan AFTER I installed the HS, unlike what the manual mentions.
Pros + Clear lights are different on the fan + Decent price
Cons - Pushpin mounting system - Fins seem a little flimsy - Attaching the fan to the heatsink
Summary Reviews put this model equivalent to the non-flashy version, plus I was able to get a decent PM, so I went with it. Looks nice in my HAF with the way the clear lights are against the clear-red fan. I purchased the Crossbow mounting kit to make sure it stayed in place.
So far it keeps my Q9400 cool, but haven't stressed it too much to find its limits in my setup.
Summary ...I'm very happy with this great cooler, but I was disappointed that, for the price, it had a pushpin mounting system...get the Thermalright bolt-thru kit with this, or the Crosbow kit, and it's damn near perfect!
Pros The white LED and the red blades on the fan makes gives it an amazingly awesometastic look :p. Cools decently.
Cons Couldn't get the CPU (e6550) to 3.3ghz on higher than normal V.
Summary So yeah, since I was reading all these reviews about how nicely these HDT HSF cools, so when a friend of mine told me that he wants a better HSF for OC'ing, I got him this. However we couldn't get the processor to 3.3ghz on higer than normal voltage. However, it was probably his RAM, which wasn't the best. (2 ocz platinum 2X1GB sets)
If you are in the market for a high performance heatsink, you could do worse than with the HDT-S1283, it proved itself in our load tests when paired with high speed fans, and was able to keep up with the top of the crop when going in the lower noise regions.
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