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May 9, 2008 5:04:02 PM

I want to know whats a very good CPU Cooler,
I've heared alot about the artic cooling freezer 7 but I have a feeling of going on the Zalman cooling.
What do you suggest me to get ?
BTW I will be using an E8400

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May 9, 2008 5:21:00 PM

looks and sounds good to me,
Thank you very much for your help

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May 9, 2008 5:22:59 PM

BTW is the E8400 what I should get ? or the quad?
don't know why but most people have told me to go for the E8400.
May 9, 2008 5:23:50 PM

I love the Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme and Scythe S-Flex SFF21F 120mm fan combo (Q6600 3.3GHz under 55°C always),
but the best value currently goes to the XIGMATEK HDT-S1283. It costs around $40 and cools just about as good as the TRUE+SFF21F.
May 9, 2008 5:33:33 PM

I just installed a Nirvana ZEROtherm NV120 Premium HSF Cooler and can't say anything bad about it.

Matter of fact, it was just as easy to install as the stock HSF and its just as quiet. That is unless you adjust the fan speed manually.
May 9, 2008 5:44:22 PM

Xigmatek S1283, similar performance and TRU/TRUE, but half the cost and comes with a fan.
May 9, 2008 6:14:03 PM

matan_levis said:
BTW is the E8400 what I should get ? or the quad?
don't know why but most people have told me to go for the E8400.
What do you plan to do with this computer. How long do you want to keep it? For todays games a higher clocked dual core is better. If you want to keep your computer for at least 2 years or more quad core is a better choice. Future games will likely work better on quad core CPUs.
If you plan to do serious work (multitask alot, encode movies, ...) quadcore is the only way to go.
May 9, 2008 6:21:20 PM

well I will use this next rig for gaming, and music production
May 9, 2008 6:53:10 PM

I've got a zalman 9500, I'm not a huge fan of it.

It doesn't get as good of temperatures as the TR Ultra 120, in reviews, and I didn't like the way it mounted. It's got good clamp on pressure, but it's easy to rotate. I got the 9500 because I didn't do enough research before I purchased.

I've heard the 9700 is better, but I can't say from experience.
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May 9, 2008 9:10:06 PM

Andrius said:
I love the Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme and Scythe S-Flex SFF21F 120mm fan combo (Q6600 3.3GHz under 55°C always),
but the best value currently goes to the XIGMATEK HDT-S1283. It costs around $40 and cools just about as good as the TRUE+SFF21F
.

Agreed.
May 9, 2008 9:14:19 PM

to KyleSTL:
my AMD X2 clocked to 3.0Ghz i (originally 2.5Ghz) running bellow 39 C of full load with prime95 for about an hour ! and 23 C on idle (ambient about 22C ) The cooler is presetted to 1400 RPM from the BIOS ! when CPU reaches 40, cooler turns to 1700 RPM and lowers the temp back to 39 C ...and so on and so on.
I used to have 9700 LED(copper one) but the difference is huge :(  9700 LED keeps my cpu to 46-47 C on full load, and 25-26 C on idle

P.S. Do not mistake 9700LED with 9700NT ver.
May 9, 2008 9:18:35 PM

The fight for me is the TR ultra 120 vs. Zalman 9700NT
May 9, 2008 9:42:24 PM

TRU. No question. The 9700 (both versions) are good performers, but can no longer really compete in the current Ultra Heavyweight category of 120mm towers and HDT technology. Additionally, the 9700NT costs more than a TRU or TRUE ($70 vs. $50/60, respectively before fan) and doesn't come close to the performance. with a Thermalright you can change the fan (and choose the fan when in comes to the initial purchase), with the Zalman you're stuck with a mediocre fan for life.

Scythe makes the absolute best fans (quiet and powerful). Buy an S-Flex 1200 or 1600 and you won't regret it.
May 9, 2008 10:09:54 PM

Andrius said:
I love the Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme and Scythe S-Flex SFF21F 120mm fan combo (Q6600 3.3GHz under 55°C always),
but the best value currently goes to the XIGMATEK HDT-S1283. It costs around $40 and cools just about as good as the TRUE+SFF21F.


Hey Andrius or anyone else... Where can I find reviews about that XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 and compared to the the Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme?
May 9, 2008 10:15:02 PM

rojito said:
Hey Andrius or anyone else... Where can I find reviews about that XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 and compared to the the Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme?

Look here: http://www.frostytech.com/
May 9, 2008 10:25:38 PM

I have a Xigmatek S1283....its freaking awesome!

But I would argue that this here is the best CPU cooler on the market:

http://overclockingpin.com/cooling.html

This is custom made by the guy who took Skulltrail to 6.0GHz. Freaking amazing!
May 9, 2008 10:41:14 PM

I have a Xigmatek S1283....its freaking awesome!

But I would argue that this here is the best CPU cooler on the market:

http://overclockingpin.com/cooling.html

This is custom made by the guy who took Skulltrail to 6.0GHz. Freaking amazing!
May 9, 2008 11:14:28 PM

KyleSTL said:
Xigmatek S1283, similar performance and TRU/TRUE, but half the cost and comes with a fan.


Perhaps true. I have the Xigmatek S1283 but I also have a TRUE with a Scythe SFLEX-F. The TRUE and Scythe cool just as well and are quieter in my experience. The TRUE also bolts down...stock. ...being more secure with increased interface pressure. Yes it cost more and I know you can get a Crossbow for the Xigamatek so I guess its a win-win either way as far as cooling. The Xig cost less and heck, I'm lazy, I hated cleaning the Xig's heatpipes with Artic Clean dripping all over everything.


That Scythe S-Flex-F spins @ 1600rpm and is still long-lasting and quiet.
May 9, 2008 11:16:32 PM

yonef said:
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HS...

The best cooler I've ever seen.
remember: take NT version it's better (I have one )


I'm not trying to be funny or sound stupid but I have a Zalman 9700NT too. Yeah it cools okay but its loud as hell under load and installation aint for the faint of heart.

TRUE/Scythe = nice secure installation, pretty damned quiet, and great cooling.
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May 10, 2008 1:38:57 AM

stabgotham said:


But I would argue that this here is the best CPU cooler on the market:

http://overclockingpin.com/cooling.html

This is custom made by the guy who took Skulltrail to 6.0GHz. Freaking amazing!

Agreed. But I believe that it is just a container and required LN2 to use ;) .
May 10, 2008 5:37:59 PM

Shadow703793 said:
Agreed. But I believe that it is just a container and required LN2 to use ;) .


Fine....just go and state the obvious! I wish I was dead!
:lol:  :lol:  :lol: 

Clearly it takes a special individual who is brave enough to mess with liquid nitrogen...and also a real good motherboard to OC it as high as these Xtreme OCers do...I love seeing what these guys can do.
May 31, 2008 8:45:57 PM

Noctua NH-U12.

a tower heatsink similar to the TR Ultra 120. TR 120 has had
some flatness problems.
June 1, 2008 2:01:32 PM

I've had good luck with the Xigmatek and this bolt thru kit. Xigmatek also has a bolt thru kit now, but this one is cheaper and works very nicely. I may use the xigmatek kit for my own build, I'll probably just order it from Newegg when I order my cooler and board.

http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/lgbowiscsp.html
June 4, 2008 2:10:43 AM

The True and the Xigmatek are good heatsinks, if you get the True, make sure to get a 120mm fan with high cfm (more air particles moving per minute).
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