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Revs
10-14-09, 09:23 AM
Just ordered a Q9650 offov eBay for my rig (see sig). I've currently got one of the older Noctua's, but as good as it is I'm not sure if it'll cope with a quad at 4.05Ghz. So I need some advice please guys. Cost isn't an issue, but keep in mind what mobo it's on (quite large PWM and NB coolers).

Is the Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme Rev.C still the daddy??

betterdan
10-14-09, 11:18 AM
I have the Xigmatek Dark Knight cooler and it works great.

Revs
10-14-09, 11:45 AM
I have the Xigmatek Dark Knight cooler and it works great.

Ah, cheers. Nice looking bit of kit. What are your temps during stress tests?

Redeemed
10-14-09, 01:11 PM
Your thread gave me a GENIOUS idea Revs. And when I copyright it, I'm sendin' some of the profits to you, partner. ;)

See here, I'm now fixin' to use a radiator and fan from a Mack truck to cool a cpu- using an all-copper water block and industrial-grade piping. We're talkin' some top-end coolin' here.

jAkUp, ya'll OC just got diminished. The big dogs here. :cool:

Revs
10-14-09, 03:05 PM
:lol: :headbang:

BTW> http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?t=189928 :D

EDIT: I take PayPals pls kthxbye

bob saget
10-14-09, 03:23 PM
wow!

CaptNKILL
10-14-09, 03:33 PM
:lol: :headbang:

BTW> http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?t=189928 :D

EDIT: I take PayPals pls kthxbye

What the hell? :rofl

Its an awesome project... but... He did all that for 3.6Ghz on a Core 2 Quad? I'm doing that on air.

Revs
10-14-09, 03:57 PM
You could cool every chip on about 10 rigs with that, but it's a laugh :D.

Anyhow, I've decided I'm gonna give the Corsair H5O (http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=WC-001-CS) kit a go. I've tried the Swiftech H2O in the past and the pump was just too darn loud, but apparently this one is super quiet and very solidly built. At 55 it's worth a try. So I'll get it installed with the quad at the weekend and let y'all know what I think :).

methimpikehoses
10-14-09, 04:01 PM
You could cool every chip on about 10 rigs with that, but it's a laugh :D.

Anyhow, I've decided I'm gonna give the Corsair H5O (http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=WC-001-CS) kit a go. I've tried the Swiftech H2O in the past and the pump was just too darn loud, but apparently this one is super quiet and very solidly built. At 55 it's worth a try. So I'll get it installed with the quad at the weekend and let y'all know what I think :).

Mine comes tomorrow noob!

PWNT. (nana2)(nana2)(nana2)

Revs
10-14-09, 04:11 PM
Mine comes tomorrow noob!

PWNT. (nana2)(nana2)(nana2)

You've got too many post. Time for Doc to hit the reset on yo ass! :D

BTW, let me/us know what you think ;)

Sazar
10-14-09, 04:14 PM
:lol: :headbang:

BTW> http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?t=189928 :D

EDIT: I take PayPals pls kthxbye

:rofl

That's a great bit of kit that guy's running...

:rofl

bob saget
10-14-09, 05:13 PM
Mine comes tomorrow noob!

PWNT. (nana2)(nana2)(nana2)

cool!

betterdan
10-14-09, 05:32 PM
Ah, cheers. Nice looking bit of kit. What are your temps during stress tests?

Runs 60C after a few hours of Prime 95

methimpikehoses
10-14-09, 05:36 PM
You've got too many post. Time for Doc to hit the reset on yo ass! :D

BTW, let me/us know what you think ;)

Yep I probably won't get it installed till Friday but it will be fun to tinker around with it and see what happens. I'll post mah results.

Revs
10-17-09, 05:10 AM
Well, I installed the quad and the cooler last night, along with the Zalman fan controller. The cooler works very well for the most part. Results are as follows:

Q9650@3.0Ghz(with SpeedStep)
Idle: 29*C
Load: 49*C

Q9650@3.6Ghz(1.3vCore, no SpeedStep)
Idle: 42*C
Load: 58*C

Q9650@4.05Ghz(1.4vCore, LoadLine Calibration, no SpeedStep)
Idle: 48*C
Load: 80*C

Load tests are using Orthos (x4). Temps using CoreTemp. It would seem 4.05Ghz is a little much for it, but it was still stable for a good 30mins. I didn't have time to do any longer tests, I'll do that this weekend. As with the E8400, I think I'll probably stick with 3.6Ghz as the jump to 4.05Ghz requires alot of extra volts and makes alot more heat. I might also have a go at messing with the multiplier to see if a can get a better balance. I'll post any results.

The cooler was ridiculously easy to fit. Literally 5mins to fit with only a screwdriver. The pump is noiseless as far as I can tell, which is where the SwifTech H2O kit let me down, and the supplied fan seems fine. There's also room for a another fan on the other side of the rad, which I might experiment with this weekend, too. Overall a great cooler, but obviously not as good as a custom H2O setup, but unless you're wanting to run high clocks 24/7 it's very capable, especially for the money. Pics coming soon :D.

EDIT: H5O Reviews >> http://www.corsair.com/products/h50/default.aspx