I just bought Gigabyte P35-DQ6 version 1.0 and now i'm just about to buy Zalman CNPS9700 LED but is it compatible with that hudge chipest pasive cooler? because I have Zalman CNPS7700-Cu and I cant install it because pasive cooling
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A friend of mine runs a custom build shop. In the past 3 weeks he put three of these on three Gigabyte boards. There's plenty of height to clear the passive cooling on that board. Will be close, but will make it.
They are also very good at cooling the quads.......... non "50" series.
Secondly, I don't know what the other poster is talking about. That cooler is one of the quietest I've ever heard. Me thinks he needs to get his super hearing checked......................
Why I wouldn't call the Zalman quietest... It produces 46.9 Decibels under load, while a lot of other models produce only 38.3 Decibels. For example the Thermalright Ultima-90 cools better and makes less noise.
So you respect Anandtech, but you think it's wrong for people to trust their numbers or talk about them. Why do they even bother writing these reviews then... If I give you links to other reviews from ExtremeTech or xbitlabs that show the same thing, your answer will be the same, I guess.
I considered getting the Zalman 9700, read a lot of comparative reviews, listened to one in the shop, and decided to pass. It wasn't so much the noise level, but the annoying frequency.
I have the Zalman 9700 in my Antec 900 gaming case. I don't care about noise, obviously, and I'm sure there are others like me. I for one don't hear nothing when I'm gaming with 600watt speakers masking whatever sound is coming from the case. Also the Zalaman 9700 LED IMO is a much better looking cooler to look at through a view window. If I were an extreme overclocker I definately would wont the best possible cooling option which the charts seem to point towards the Thermalright product.