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11-01-2006, 12:14 PM
Sometime in the near future I want to replace the last remaining noisy fan in this box (the CPU heatsink and fan). I have been considering the Zalman CNP range, and wondered what anyone else thought of them. If they are no good, then what should I look at>

Incidentally, I have 2 main criteria, must be quiet, and must be transferable (say if I upgrade from my 478 P4 to say a 939 AMD).

Currently I am using the stock standard cooler, does the job, but is rather noisy

11-01-2006, 02:14 PM
The CNPS9500 has had very good reviews, but is around $115. It's compact, and relatively light weight.


Though you're not asking about it, I don't like the "dish-pan" style, which is popular, such as the Zalman Fatal1ty FS-C77.


The fins get very tight near the center, and the fan makes it impossible to clean. It quickly gets a grey mat of dust. It's also amazingly heavy, which is a worry with tower PC's.

Personally I'm a big fan of Zalman's water cooled "Reserator", but is very pricey at $450. It eliminates the CPU fan completely, and optionally the video card fan also.

11-01-2006, 02:21 PM
I like the Thermalright XP-90C.


Of course what fan you pair it with is the noise factor.
I use mine with a Vantec Stealth. Its a balance between quiet and not too low RPM.

Pete O'Neil
11-01-2006, 05:26 PM
You cant go wrong with either the Zalman or Thermalright options. Im using an older Thermalright and have been very impressed.

21-02-2006, 06:28 PM
Finally got round to getting some dosh together.. thought I would double check required measurements/clearances before I ordered the Zalman 9500. Sure enough, I have 3 capacitors sticking up within required clearance area. Looks like it may be the Thermalright.
But, before I order (about 2 or 3 days), anyone have any other suggestions for cpu cooler (requirements in first post)

26-02-2006, 11:45 AM
Just an update:
After much reading and advice seeking (thanks to those who contributed) I opted for the Thermalright XP90 (AlCu) as it was lighter than the XP90C and I didn't think I would need a full copper heatsink (esp with the extra 300g and only 1-3 degrees difference compared with the XP90 according to reviews)
IN partnership with the thermalright heatsink, I included a 92mm 11dBa SilenX fan.

Now my problem is I have to strain my ears to hear if its still running :D

Thoroughly recommend the thermalright/silenx pairing at this stage

Incidentally, I didn't get the Zalman 9500 purely because my current case doesn't give me the recommended clearances

26-02-2006, 02:29 PM
Cannot resist a chance to flog the dead horse, but the BEST cooling for any PC is a climate controlled environment.

I.E. Air conditioning.

Could also use some liquid nitrogen :;

26-02-2006, 04:22 PM
But, before I order (about 2 or 3 days), anyone have any other suggestions for cpu cooler (requirements in first post)
Its not the heatsink - its the fan, remember.

26-02-2006, 04:40 PM
Its not the heatsink - its the fan, remember.For that particular question I was referring to the heatsink. But yeah I know what you mean, some people do get the 2 mixed up (done it myself once or twice momentarily:))

26-02-2006, 05:28 PM
I have to say that I've just bought and installed a Zalman 7700 AlCu...

The Zalman fits snuggly into the P4P800-SE (stoked) and I have to say the results are quite impressive.

I've had a 6-7 degree drop in CPU temp, a 3 degree drop in the mobo temp and a 4-5 degree drop in the GPU temp as well. Overall I think a good result and buy.

Here are a few pics...



In the next 2 pics you can see there's just about a 5 - 7mm gap between the PSU and the Zalman.



Here's a look at the temps after the install... pc was running for about 15 minutes before I took these.


Glad I got this cooler and even more stoked that it fit. Now all I have to do is get a new PSU... the 520W Task PSU I have is good and stable but the fans are noticably noisy.