On to the Scythe Heatsinks.
The not counting the amount of heatpipe's and there configuration, the most important difference between the Ninja and Infinity is the fin spacing. The Ninja's fins are spaced farther apart, and there is less of them. The Infinity on the other hand has more fins and they are spaced closer together. With the stock fan the Ninja is a better choice then the Infinity due to the lower weight, and the cooling differences are very minimal.
The Ninja is your best bet for a low noise cooler with great results, and the Infinity becomes a cooling monster when you pare it with high CFM fan.
Personally I would choose Scythe over the Zalman due to you can choose your own fan as to optimize the heatsink's performance vs noise. And frankly I have found the acoustics of the fans Zalman uses to be less then desirable, but I'm also using a very quite system so little details like that matter to me.
No, the Scythe Inifity is the best one of the ones youve listed. On its own without much hassle itll outperform the 9700 but with the right optimizations it would probably even be better than the T-120.
I kinda dont like the INFINITY because it looks like a piece of a gray thing in there.
How can you say the zalman is a better cooler, when you clearly can't be objective?
Just because the porche 911 is ugly, it doesn't mean it won't drive fast or corner well ....
I've got a ninja rev. b and a 9700led sitting at home. Have yet to receive a processor to test them, but altho the zalman clearly wins the beauty contest, I'm fairly sure it'll get its ass kicked performance wise.
OMG did you just calla porsche ugly!
It's true not everybody likes fat 4ss but ugly!
At least the zalman has a light and is more colorful Very Happy
You seam like the perfect customer for Zalman, I would get one.