I have been trying to find an adequate air cooling solution for my soon-to-be-bought E6600 (to be OC'd to ~3.6 GHz). I have been unable to find a measurement that is commonly used by all manufacturers, and thus have been unable to decide on which to buy.
I am mainly trying to decide between the Zalmann CNPS9700, the Scythe Infinity and the Tuniq Tower. I will be buying the Asus nforce680i MOBO, if that helps. Just wanted to know from everyone's experience - which would dissipate heat better??
For my money, the CNPS-7700-CU cool better (in slow fan mode), and is quieter and CHEAPER than the 9700. win win win, but it's heavier (like I give a crap) and doesnt' cool as well in high mode (again, like I give a crap, I want it quiet) but looks like you're going for speed, so get the 9700 and be happy with the roar.
As far as I've read (on many different boards), the Turiq Tower is supposed to be the best air cooler. It is often difficult to find though and wimcle's list is true, those are all good. On a side note, I own the Zalman 7700cu and it works well.
What about any weight issues? I know that Intel (and AMD for that matter) don't like anything over 450 g. The Scythe infinity weighs 960 and the Zalman weighs about 760 - not sure about the others. Anyone have problems with their coolers' weight??
I have the Zalman CNPS9500 (I doubt there's much difference between the 9500 and 9700) that I'm using with a Pentium D 805 @ 3.4GHz, it keeps it cool and is very quiet. Don't know about the others you mention, but I love the Zalman.
The 9700 has a larger fan than the 9500, that the only difference I think. Zalmans can be a little expensive, but they are really good. The Turniq is supposed to be the best (followed closely by the Scythe), but the Zalmans are good too. The reason I bought my 7700cu was because it also blows air onto the surrounding board. As for weight issues, I would worry about them unless you plan on moving your PC around a lot (especially if you bring it to LAN parties).
Thanks for all the replies and the info! I have found that the Nforce 680i MOBO might not be compatible with some coolers - anyone got a link, info, etc on which fans WILL work with the 680i? Specifically the EVGA 680i. Thanks again!
The Monsoon, like the Titan Amanda, are both TEC coolers using the peltier effect for cooling, so they aren't really too comparable to the others. Besides they are both more than $100, which is a lot for air cooling. Plus, they dissipate more heat into the rest of your system.