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Xigmatek HDT-S1283 or Zalman CNPS9500 AM2

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March 30, 2009 10:40:53 PM

I am trying to decide which of these to get for my build...

MB: AsRock AOD790GX/128M
CPU: AM3 Phenom II 720 BE (0904 DPCW hope its the "magic" kind)
VGA: Will go with on-board for now, but will upgrade when I have some $$
Memory: CORSAIR XMS 4GB DDR2 1066 (PC2-8500) 5-5-5-15 TWIN2X4096-8500C5
HD: Seagate 7200.11 640GB 32MB
550W Power Supply
I will go caseless and run the build from one of the slots on my desk (desk slot will be completely open form the front and back)

Now, my question is which heatsink to get.......

Xigmatek HDT-S1283 or Zalman CNPS9500 AM2 ?

Any input would be gret.

P.S. I will OC the Cpu. And if possible the memory as well......... :D  :D  :D 

I forgot to mention....

I have been doing some research on both of them and apparently the xigmatek has great reviews all around. The 9500 has too, but since it is a fairly old heatsink, all reviews are based on past cpu's and or components. I have not seen any reviews of the 9500 with current cpu's out there (i.e. phenoms I and II)
March 30, 2009 11:02:11 PM

The Xigmatek does an EXCELLENT job cooling off my E8400 @ 3.6 ghz without breaking a sweat. I would think it would be an excellent choice for your phenom II. I should also mention, it is very quiet even when CPU is at full load.
March 30, 2009 11:54:25 PM

Thanks for the reply...and I really think that the xigmatek will do great....

....but I dont know how will the zalman 9500 AM2 compare to the xigmatek...

Will I actually benefit from choosing one or the other?

Obviously the zalman winds by a landslide for looks, but what about performance wise.......

Are the 2 to far apart in performance that choosing one or the other will really make a BIG difference?...

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March 31, 2009 11:05:05 PM

The Zalman 9500 was a good cooler years ago, but its day has come and gone. Besides that, its expensive for what it is. Go for the Xigmatek and you'll have a cooler CPU and be able to overclock higher without heat problems.
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March 5, 2010 6:40:34 AM

Have it on a AM2+/AM3 asrock a790gmh
i wouldnt recommend the s1283 because the socket is placed so the air flow is from bottom to top instead of front to back .....
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