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kam03
09-09-06, 08:59 AM
I will use it on a core 2 duo e6600. I will OC the cpu aswell.

The Cooler will be used on a Gigabyte GA 965P DQ6 motherboard. Anyone know if these coolers support this motherboard.


Zalman FS-C77 Fatal1ty CPU Cooler

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/acatalog/Zalman_C77.jpg

OR

Zalman CNPS9500-LED Aero Flower

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/acatalog/Zalman_CNPS9500.jpg

Thanks

ViN86
09-09-06, 11:22 AM
fwiw, my general rule of thumb is never buy anything with fatal1ty on it, cause it tends to be overpriced and rather lackluster. but thats just my opinion :o

Bearclaw
09-09-06, 12:12 PM
fwiw, my general rule of thumb is never buy anything with fatal1ty on it, cause it tends to be overpriced and rather lackluster. but thats just my opinion :o
Not to get off topic, but didn't all that stuff get going by the one kid who was really good at video games so he came out with his own line of stuff? I remember back when I read an interview with him and he was just coming out with mousepads and small ****. Now, it's everything.

But ya, I agree, I wouldn't go with Fatal1ty on it.

grey_1
09-09-06, 02:08 PM
http://www.zalmanusa.com/

You'll be best off digging around their site, they will have a compatibility list for each product. And to echo the others, I've heard the extra bling on the fatality line isn't really worth the extra cash.

ragejg
09-09-06, 02:15 PM
SilenX iXTrema 120mm Copper

http://www.nvnews.net/reviews/silenx_ixtrema_cooler/images/silenx.jpg

http://www.nvnews.net/reviews/silenx_ixtrema_cooler/index.shtml

This heatsink bears a striking resemblance to the Zalman CNPS7700-Cu. There are differences, however as the SilenX is 133 grams lighter, 4mm wider, and the fins feature a ruffled, rather than straight shape. One can infer that the ruffling is used to increase surface area.

http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/attachment.php?attachmentid=20228&stc=1&d=1157825879

Heinz68
09-09-06, 07:35 PM
MADSHRIMPS CPU Heatsink Roundup May 2006 (http://www.madshrimps.be/?action=getarticle&number=11&artpage=1823&articID=419)

The Verdict: (On page 9 the above link)
With high/medium speed fans the Tuniq Tower 120 is the best air cooled heatsink out there right now, there is no doubt about that.

One more review
All Super Coolers are Great, but Some Are Greater Than the Others (http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coolers/display/tuniq-tower120.html)

The Tuniq Tower 120 is for some time out of stock .
Did read at least at couple Forums that somebody e-mailed the manufacturer and the Tuniq Tower 120 should be again for sale in the US by the middle of September
I'm sure waiting to get one.
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/1449/cpu-tnq-01/Tuniq_Tower_120_Ultra_Silent_CPU_Cooler_T-120.html
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=17867&vpn=T-120&manufacture=Sunbeam

Subtestube
09-10-06, 05:25 PM
I've very happy with the Zalman CNPS 9500AT - it's extremely quiet, and keeps my Core 2 at a very nice low temp. I can't compare it with the Fatal1ty, as I've never heard one running.

jAkUp
09-10-06, 06:27 PM
Zalman 9500 is an awesome cooler for air cooling.

mullet
09-10-06, 10:01 PM
Zalman 9500 is an awesome cooler for air cooling.

That is if you don't have a MOBO with heat pipe cooling for the chipsets. Zalman is hard to beat either way. I will never use a Zalman clone I hate companys that copy ( rip off ) Zalman.

siorai
09-12-06, 01:29 PM
I've read quite a few reviews of Conroe heatsinks, and pretty much every single one can't reccomend the Zalman. According to them, it's great at low speeds, but too noisy when you turn the fan up.

Personally, I went with a Scythe Mine for my E6300. So far, it rocks. It's dead silent and I don't use a case, so I would hear it that much more. Even with the fan at full speed (I use a Zalman fan speed thingie from my old P4 cooler) I can barely hear it. The Scythe Ninja is supposed to be even better, more suited for the higher speed Conroes, but they didn't have any in stock when I bought my new gear otherwise I would have bought one.

mullet
09-13-06, 12:09 AM
I've read quite a few reviews of Conroe heatsinks, and pretty much every single one can't reccomend the Zalman. According to them, it's great at low speeds, but too noisy when you turn the fan up.

Personally, I went with a Scythe Mine for my E6300. So far, it rocks. It's dead silent and I don't use a case, so I would hear it that much more. Even with the fan at full speed (I use a Zalman fan speed thingie from my old P4 cooler) I can barely hear it. The Scythe Ninja is supposed to be even better, more suited for the higher speed Conroes, but they didn't have any in stock when I bought my new gear otherwise I would have bought one.


I have never heard a review site say the Zalman is not the way to go, as far as noise I don't know what there talking about I run all 3 of my Zalman cpu coolers and I can hardly hear them at all.

LORD-eX-Bu
09-13-06, 12:24 AM
I use a thermaltake big-typhoon. Its pretty quiet to me and keeps my cpu cool:D

Bearclaw
09-13-06, 12:28 AM
I just place my rig on on top of the air conditioner and idle temps for the CPU is 20C. With load it is 29C. :D Invets in a air conditioner, haha.

mullet
09-13-06, 01:35 AM
I just place my rig on on top of the air conditioner and idle temps for the CPU is 20C. With load it is 29C. :D Invets in a air conditioner, haha.


HAHA awsome man!!!

siorai
09-13-06, 12:02 PM
I have never heard a review site say the Zalman is not the way to go, as far as noise I don't know what there talking about I run all 3 of my Zalman cpu coolers and I can hardly hear them at all.

Like I said, I've read several altely that had Zalman at pretty much well the bottom of the heap when it comes to "silent" coolers. There's far better coolers on the market now from everything that I've read.

Subtestube
09-13-06, 05:20 PM
I've read quite a few reviews of Conroe heatsinks, and pretty much every single one can't reccomend the Zalman. According to them, it's great at low speeds, but too noisy when you turn the fan up.

I've gotta say - even when the fan is spinning at full speed (and it almost never is - my E6400 at load sits around 42 degrees, and that automatic fan speed management stuff these newfangled motherboards do is like a dream come true), my Zalman is just a very low hum. This computer is easily the quietest I've ever owned, and probably used (aside from HTPCs). Partly that'll be the Antec Sonata II case, which is designed to be quiet, but nevertheless, the last thing I'd complain about with the 9500 is noise.

It's also very light compared to most silent coolers. The Big Typhoon is pushing a kilo, and a lot of the others are not far under. The 9500 is only 550 grams, which is not all that far above the recommended weight for a non-backplated socket 775 heatsink.