*insert beating of dead horse. http://www.techpowerup.com/forums/showthread.php?p=2262775#post2262775 Not the same comparison as a 1090t but these were my finding when I jumped to SB from a q9550 @ 4Ghz. I had the same cooler for a few years. It was much better at handling the heat from a dual core CPU but it doesnt handle high voltage and quad core/six core CPUs very well. For less money you can order this (or wait for it to be on sale like I did for $50) and it would be a much better cooler. Or you can buy this for $40 and even it would be better than the Zalman.