Memory Express. Two of the three reviews said that the fan stopped working within the first month of use, that deterred me. Well with advice from a good friend and based on the fact that Scythe is a great brand I tried it anyway… Thus leading to the fan problem… Basically while the temperatures were low the fan would throttle down, but it turned itself off and DIDN’T turn itself back on which concerned me as I watched my temps climb above 60 degrees! So I exchanged it for what I should have bought in the first place, a ZALMAN! Now most Zalmans are amazing but the problem with them is that you have to mount a back plate onto the back side of your mother board so that you can actually mount the heatsink. That basically means anytime you have to change it out you have to pull your whole mother board our of the case, not very conveniant.
As always the Zalman brand (my model: CNPS7500-CULED) lives up to the reputation of keeping a processor cool. I have other Zalman products in my other machines and they all do the job, bringing the temperature down an average of 10 degrees.
So all said and done I tried a Intel Stock heatsink, Scythe Ninja Mini, Scythe Shuriken and the Zalman CNPS7500-CULED… my results are still the same, Intel Stock Coolers aren’t good and its better to get an after market cooler. Some of you might say obviously but the fact remains when I buy ANY AMD processor I do NOT have to worry about the temperatures when I run my system with the stock heatsink. You don’t have to buy a crazy heatsink to replace the stock Intel just get a generic one but be sure to do a little research first.
All of my temperature data was collected by both Speedfan and Realtemp. It is worth noting that Intel tells you the “cool, safe, warm and hot” temperatures on their website. Technically their stock fans do the trick but I prefer to run cooler as to extend the longevity of my products.