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Best Heatsink for CPU

Discussion in 'Overclocking & Cooling' started by binsky3333, Feb 19, 2008.

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    do that xigmatek that i im'ed you.. the ifx 14 is good but doesn't offer that big of a difference over the xigma and not worth the huge price difference.
     
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    Be careful with the Zalman 9500/9700.

    They are HORRIBLY NOISEY unless your mainboard is able to drive a VERY LOW fan speed, in which case they are newarly silent. At default... the noise is like a hairdrier.

    On my mb a Conroe865PE, even on "low" fan speed, it is doing 2300 RPM which is WAY TOO FAST. Only way to slow it down is using SpeedFan utility. But that means running the app. and setting a slower fan speed.
     
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    TBH, I found that the 9500 really wasn't that loud, even being driven 100% by the board - my case fans are louder.

    Supposedly, the 9700 is a bit quieter than the 9500, but this is more than likely due to the larger fan.


    But, anyhow binsky3333, I noticed your running a mid-tower case . . . you might want to research the measurements of any "performance" CPU cooler and double check your clearances, first. The 9700 is a very large cooler, and is smaller than the Thermaltight you linked to, and also easily dwarfed by some of the other "bad-ass" CPU coolers. You don't want the headache of ordering something, and then finding out it won't fit! :toast:
     
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    I recommend a 10kg slab of copper fused to the IHS.
     
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    :roll: :roll:

    20 friggin lbs, man?!! Good lord, you'd need a support structure for it!
     
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    Nah the motherboard will support it. Have you seen the heatsinks these days?
     
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    sorry, forgot - we just keep making the PCB thicker to compensate :laugh:
     
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    Don't forget the category F5 tornado to cool it :rockout:
     
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    Now thats just silly. :p
     
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    From Xigmatek's web site:

    All Intel Socket 775 CPU
    Core 2 Extreme / Quad / Duo
    Pentium Extreme Edition / D
    Celeron D
    All AMD Socket AM2 / 754 / 939 / 940 CPU
    Athlon 64 / FX / X2 / Opteron / Sempron

    So in other words, it don't look like it.
     
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    can anybody help me pick a good heatskin for P4 socket 478 plz so i can O'C w/o building water cooling system.
     
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    I've actually got an old Zalman CNPS9500 LED that served my Athlon 64 3500+ very well. It's a GREAT cooler.
     
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    The 9500 is a great cooler, especially for it's size. I have one on my current OCed Pentium4 775 Prescott, and it keeps temps at idle about 34C, and about 46C under 100% load.

    If space is a concern, the 9500 comes highly recommended. If you have a lot of space, though, there are other coolers that are better, starting with the 9700.
     
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    I searched ages to get a ThermalRight XP-120. It is the f'ing bomb. At idle my temps are no more than 10 above ambient. And.. I haven't actually tried running at load yet... Will get some SANDRA burning in at 110% once I get my OC sorted.

    Email chrislee at thermalright dot com to see where you can still get one. They're still made and mostly shipped to system builders, so he might be able to hook you up with one nearby that will sell you the heatsink.

    Be warned though that it is a bit of a mission to mount. I ended up bending 4 of my capacitors to about 30' from vertical.
     
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    If you like the style of the XP-120 then you should take a look at the SI-128.... much more clearance around the CPU socket. I can't use the bare heat pipe coolers like the Xigmatek HDT-S1283 since I have the IHS removed from my Opteron but I can definately vouch for how good the SI-128 is with a high pressure fan and the bottom lapped.
     

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