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Which cooler is better for i7 920 & Phenom II 955 BE

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September 4, 2009 4:29:01 PM

I was wondering which of these two coolers is better for i7 920 & Phenom II 955 BE:-

Zalman's CNPS 10X http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OR

Cooler Master's V8 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thanks for your help in advance

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September 4, 2009 9:54:19 PM

If you are willing to spend that much money you can do much better than both of those. Check out frostytech as Conumdrum suggested.
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September 4, 2009 10:03:52 PM

yep. that's an excellent site. got the idea to buy the mugen 2 cooler for my 955 be. best computer decision in a while.
September 5, 2009 4:06:30 AM

Conumdrum said:
Not sure, but have you seen this site before? Might be enlightening.

http://www.frostytech.com/



A link on that site tried to load me up with a virus.
a c 86 K Overclocking
September 5, 2009 4:42:46 AM

Hmm, I use that site more than not. I'm not asking you to look at other sites on that link, read the reviews on the site. Don't just click on an advertisement link, stay at the site. You can report it at Frosty, I know it will be fixed.
a c 147 K Overclocking
September 6, 2009 2:55:50 AM

I'm using this one which seems to be topping the charts every place I look:

http://www.prolimatech.com/

Note the "no lapping" message on the home page.
September 6, 2009 3:14:11 AM

The prolimatech megahalem cooler is pretty much the best in the market right now according to some reviews. Well if you willing to spend that much on a heatsink then get that one. But if you want one of the best heatsinks for cheap then get Core contact freezer. 25 dollars after rebate on newegg. buy the 1366 bracket for 10 dollars. total = 35 dollars
September 7, 2009 12:22:43 PM

OK! the Megahelms is for socket 775 & 1366 only so,what about phenom II x4 955 BE?
September 7, 2009 2:27:50 PM

As I understand it, frostytech hasn't published cooler charts for i7 or AM3 socket CPUs so their ranking for the coolers can't be used in my case
September 7, 2009 4:15:35 PM

You can still use the rankings. Just check out the 150W test ranks. Just because it wasn't done with an i7 under it, it's just to get an idea of how well heatsinks keep high power processors cool. The i7 has a TDP of 130W at stock so the 150W is a good test.

It's also an invaluable site for determining a heatsink's performance relative to another one, as they have reviewed tons of them.
a c 86 K Overclocking
September 7, 2009 6:31:48 PM

++1 spinny
September 8, 2009 9:54:26 AM

I got the V8 HSF on my new PC that has a the amd 955 be and my MB is gigabyte ma790fxt-ud5p. The V8 is big and just fits in my case but most good HSF seem to be big. The V8 is quiet and keeps my cpu at a good temperature. Im happy so far. I wanted to get the 'Thermalright Ultra 120 extreme rev C' for am3 motherboard but I couldn't get it where I am. This HSF has better stats than the V8.
September 8, 2009 1:01:22 PM

Is your 955 BE overclocked? what about its temperatures?
September 8, 2009 11:39:00 PM

My 955 is overclocked but I haven't gone all out yet, Im still playing and testing my way up with different settings. ATM I only have it at 3600mhz. I live in a warm place but I have my temp between 51C to 56 C.
September 9, 2009 2:51:58 AM

Did you test it with Prime95?(Maximum temperature for this chip is 62 degrees Celsius)

BTW what are the rest of your specs (Case,PSU,---etc)

P.S.I live in Cairo,Egypt(30-35 C)
September 11, 2009 6:16:35 AM

No I didn't use Prime 95, I have been using my bios mainly.

I just reinstalled my V8 and reduced the thermal paste and now Im getting about a temp of about 35C to 40C, give or take. I read a few articles on heatsinks and problems and just reinstalled and got a good result. Im still overclocked at 3600. Im going to push high soon but I want a to wait may be until windows 7 and get vista off my pc.

Im in China near Shanghai and we get temperatures here in Summer about the same as Cairo but humid.

My setup:
Thermaltake V9 case
Corsair HX620w PSU
Gigabyte ma790fxt-ud5p motherboard
6gb Kingstone DDR3 ram 1333
2x2 TB harddrives
Sapphire Radeon hd 4890 2gb graphics card
September 11, 2009 10:39:18 AM

My advice to you is to try prime 95 for two reasons:
1-Test the CPU stability @100% load(torture test for 1 hour)
2-See if the CPU will overheat or not @ 100% load (Maximum operating temperature for this CPU is 62C)

P.S.You can use Core Temp or SpeedFan to monitor the temperature of your CPU.If it pases 62C, then you need to take the CPU clock down a bit
September 15, 2009 9:46:30 AM

Yeah I have prime 95, I haven't used it yet, I also got AMD overdrive to help tinker and monitor my PC. But as I stated before Im going to start playing with OC'ing when I get Vista off my machine and do a clean install of Windows 7. When I do start I will let you know how I go Youssef.
September 15, 2009 12:00:28 PM

OK! Thanks for all your trouble,I hope everything work out for you
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