And it looks gooood!!!
After rebooting and idling for 10 min or so...while the ambient case temp fluctuated from roughly 39-40 degrees C/102-104 degrees F, the CPU stayed at a constant 31 degrees C/87 degrees F. As you can see, that's a pretty significant differential. After 2 hours playing Max Payne 2 at full settings minus Anti-Aliasing, the ambient case temp had risen to 41 degrees C/105 degrees F, but the CPU was still
the same temperature as before 31 degrees C/87 degrees F! In all fairness though, the way my case is set up, there's two 80mm intake fans directly behind the Coolermaster, so it is
taking fresh air and putting it on the CPU, while the rest of the case is stuck with the regular airflow; and these stats aren't as accurate as they would be if I was using a third party sensor placed on the CPU's core as they did in this
article, instead of the onboard monitoring of my MOBO.
However, due to the enormity of the heatsink, some motherboards and/or cases may not have th room for it. The base is 80x80mm, so considering you have the clearance on top of the CPU, an easy way to tell if it'll fit your motherboard is to take an 80mm case fan and roughly center it over the socket. It does look right cool though in a modded case such as mine. It also comes with a knob that you can mount in a free PCI or
3.5 Bay that controls the fan speed so if you aren't running a heavy load it isn't so loud. Still though, so long as you aren't in a situation where you need silence, all things considered I think it's an excellent choice for high-end PCs and overclockers...especially with the $22.00 price tag. Not bad, not bad at all.