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Zalman cnps9700 nt/led, anyone experienced?

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July 10, 2008 2:50:13 AM

Hey guys, Anyone here had any experience using the zalman cnps9700 nt/led cooler?

The reason i ask is im getting very average cooling performance for a $100 AU cooler...
I use realtemp to read my temps and i have not had a single degree drop since swapping over from the q9450's stock cooler, which if any of you have seen is absolutely tiny. I would just drop it and say "hey its a bad cooler" but all the reviews i had read before the purchase stated it wasnt far behind the thermalright 120 ultra.

Thanks in advance guys.
July 10, 2008 2:51:50 AM

Try reapply thermal paste and reset the cooler.
July 10, 2008 3:01:40 AM

warcry said:

I use realtemp to read my temps and i have not had a single degree drop since swapping over from the q9450's stock cooler


Is that idle temp or load temp?
I'm using the Zalman CNPS9500 with Q9450, & it works great. The 9700 is bigger/better version of the 9500
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July 10, 2008 3:03:16 AM

i have the same cooler. n im running OC q6600 @3Ghz with idle temp 37(max core), and 32 (min core). at full loads i never exceed the 60c point.

http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm

according to them, zalman 9700 held the 9 position. and it is an old model.
July 10, 2008 3:06:57 AM

idle temp on average over the 4 cores sits at 48-50 according to realtemp.
i know those temps arent massively high but they are the same readings as my stock intel cooler was, maybe 1 degree more.

@dagger,
i think i may try reseat it this afternoon, although anyone that has used this cooler might agree it seems to be a difficult cooler to seat incorrectly.
July 10, 2008 3:16:03 AM

yeah im pretty sure they can, but mine fluctuate pretty healthy.
when its a freeeezing night they drop pretty dramatically.
July 10, 2008 3:32:33 AM

Maybe you 'incorrectly' applied the thermal paste
July 10, 2008 3:36:25 AM

i have a feeling i may have.
i applied it very thin, it was the Zalman stuff, it usually gets looked over but its really good.
I want to apply my paste as the AS5 instructions say you should, but my paste is in a whiteout style bottle with a brush so i cant.
July 10, 2008 4:21:32 AM

I've never tried the stuff that comes with the Zalman, but I've had great success with that cooler and AS5. Try some Arctic Silver and see if it makes a difference.
July 10, 2008 4:33:53 AM

I have that cooler running on an E3110 ....... @ 4.05 Ghz.

It was a bit noisy at first when running full speed but currently runs 24/7 @ 1800 rpm and beautiful. Quiet, max temp after 8 hrs of Prime is 53 degrees. Very happy with it.
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