So I know this cooler has been out for awhile and there is even an updated version. But I was looking for a bargain and wanted to see if this cooler lived up to the hype of the last few years. So first off the system this was installed into.
Case: Fractal Design Mini C with window side panel
PSU: EVGA 450 B Bronze rated
CPU: i5-4670k overclocked to 4.0ghz
GPU: RX 460 Sapphire Nitro 4GB
16GB of RAM with heat spreaders (2x team vulcan, 2x G.Skill)
Case fans: 1 intake, 1 exhaust,
I have to give it to Cooler Master they make sure you know what you are getting before you even open the box. The picture is accurate for assembly and color of what you can expect. It came with thermal paste and all the necessary hardware to attach it to a variety of sockets. I did not see anything for AM4 support included but I am sure you can ask customer service and they can provide another bracket.
Installation was kind of tricky in my Mini C because there is no perfect site line when lining up the pin in the bracket to the center of the base while trying to attach it to the motherboard. But once you get that screwed in. Installation of the fan was a breeze but word of warning here if you have a M-ATX motherboard make sure you have a low profile stick in the slot closest to the CPU socket. I would of had to switch this into a PULL configuration if I had anything other than low profile Team Vulcan DDR3 in slot 1 on my board.
As far as performance this cpu cooler really lives up to the hype. I payed $24 for this brand new from Newegg and it is able to cool my i5-4670k overclocked to 4.0 ghz all day gaming, rendering etc with no temp issues. I don't believe I have seen my temps over 60°C while gaming for hours on end and thats saying a lot for an air cooler because it is commonly over 100°F where I live for months at a time and my PC is near a window. This is with the included thermal paste as well and only 2 case fans 1 intake and 1 exhaust.
If you are trying to cool your overclocked chips on a budget and you have a case that can accommodate a giant tower cooler its worth the money. If you are looking for something a little nicer looking (THIS IS PERSONAL OPINION) I would look at the Thermaltake RIING tower cooler for an extra $10-$15.
Thanks for reading