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best p4 hsf for overclocking (air cooling)

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June 29, 2004 1:46:40 AM

What is THE best P4 air cooling HSF on the market right now? I've heard ones from Vantec and Cooler Master are top-notch.
June 29, 2004 2:16:40 AM

Vantec? huh what?

Coolermaster Hyper6 is the best, Thermalright products follows it, SP94 is the best themalright product right now, however Thermalright is releasing a new beast into the market very soon, wait for that, I forgot what's it called, like AX-120 or something can't remember. The Swiftech MCX478-V is also a great product.

Remember none of these has its own fan, so you choose your noise/performance fan. Except the Hyper6 which has a silent fan, but a second one can be mounted.

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June 29, 2004 2:06:52 PM

Thanks. Well, in PC Mag, they liked one of the Vantec Stealth fans - that's where that comment came from.

Anyway, this follow-up question may sound a little ignorant, but what type of noise/performance fans are out there? I mean, I can't just put a ball or sleeve bearing fan on top of this thing, right? What do I look for exactly? For example, let's say I purchase the swifttech mxc478-V. Now, will all fans be compatible or only some? In other words, does the type of hsf I purchase limit my choices for buying fans?

Thank you very much for your help, btw!
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June 29, 2004 2:06:54 PM

Thanks. Well, in PC Mag, they liked one of the Vantec Stealth fans - that's where that comment came from.

Anyway, this follow-up question may sound a little ignorant, but what type of noise/performance fans are out there? I mean, I can't just put a ball or sleeve bearing fan on top of this thing, right? What do I look for exactly? For example, let's say I purchase the swifttech mxc478-V. Now, will all fans be compatible or only some? In other words, does the type of hsf I purchase limit my choices for buying fans?

Thank you very much for your help, btw!
June 29, 2004 2:44:44 PM

sorry about the repeat. What about the Zalman CNPS7000A-Cu hsf? This comes with a fan I believe, but can another one be mounted in its place? Also, do you think that my antec sonata will provide enough clearance for this oval-shaped hsf?

Thank you very much.
June 29, 2004 4:54:09 PM

The Zalman CNPS7000A-CU is a piece of sh*t compare to the high end Thermalright/Swiftech/Coolermaster products. If you want the Zalman heatsink be sure to buy the CNPS7000A-ALCU, it's half the weight, and cools roughly the same. And no you cannot use second fan, only Coolermaster Hyper6 can utilize 2 fans.

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June 29, 2004 5:32:01 PM

BTW, I want to tahnk you for your input and advice. I appreciate it.

Well I mentoined the Zalman specifically because Frostytech rated it very high, and it is one of the quietest they've tested. I'm surprised you find this heatsink to be of such poor performance, although I'm inclined to ask for any elaboration on your claim.

I've read about the Coolermaster 6 and I honsetly don't feel like taking out my motherboard right now, as I just transferred it from a real piece of s**t to the gorgeous Antec Sonata. For some reason, the Thermalright and Swiftech models you mentioned are not on frostytech or a site like frozencpu. Do you have a list of sites that you trust for reviews on this subject besides frostytech? And what do you think of the Vantec Aeroflow?

thanks again.
June 29, 2004 5:44:05 PM

sorry again, meant xoxide and not frozencpu in all respects.
June 29, 2004 7:33:19 PM

The CNPS7000A-CU is quite, but i'm not sure why it doesn't perform any better than the ALCU version which is mix of copper/aluminum.

<A HREF="http://www.frozencpu.com/cgi-bin/frozencpu/cpu-swi-09.h..." target="_new">Swiftech MCX478-V</A> from frozencpu

<A HREF="http://www.frozencpu.com/cgi-bin/frozencpu/cpu-tri-07.h..." target="_new">Thermalright SP94</A> from frozencpu


If you don't feel like removing your mobo, then the Swiftech is probably your only and best choice. Choose a 92mm fan that pushes about 40CFM, they should be very quite, and that's enough to achieve decent performance with that heatsink.


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