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Would Old p4 Zalman be i7-3770k Suicide?

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February 3, 2013 11:45:42 AM

Regarding the Zalman CNPS7000b cooler:

I know this was once a top dog cooler in it's day (2004) and could deal with the hot running Prescott P4 chips, but how would it hold up on a modern warm running processor such as the i7-3770k?

Would it possibly be better or worse than the current stock cooler, regardless of mild overclocking or none at all?

I have the 775 mounting kit for this and the Asrock board I have supposedly can support 775 mounting brackets. I really liked the cool quietness of the Zalman, though it's heaviness made me a bit uneasy (in comparison to modern coolers, I don't know).


Before I go and start researching new heatsinks, does anyone think this old Zalman would be a terrible idea?

Here's the manual at the top of search results:
http://preview.tinyurl.com/aes9vmp

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a b K Overclocking
February 3, 2013 12:25:49 PM

That thing has nothing on a modern cooler size and weight-wise so that's not a problem. Not sure if the 775 retention system is appropriate for an 1155 socket tho.
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a b K Overclocking
February 3, 2013 12:59:34 PM

Weight depends on which version you're talking about - the aluminum & copper version is lighter than a Hyper 212 EVO, but the all-copper one is heavier. Both are lighter than a Noctua NH-D14 though. The CNPS7000B can handle cpus up to 84W tdp, and desktop Ivy Bridge cpus only go up to 77W tdp at stock speeds. Overall socket size is the same for LGA 775 and LGA 1155 (1.47x1.47 in or 37.5x37.5 mm), so the main problem is the mounting holes. There are apparently some Ivy Bridge-compatible motherboards, such as the ASRock Z77 Extreme4, that include alternate mounting holes for LGA 775 coolers, but some modifications to the bracket may still be required - I found http://www.gamersnexus.net/guides/926-modding-775-coole... that shows how to do this for a cnps 9700, so it might be possible to do something similar for a cnps7000b.
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a c 297 K Overclocking
February 3, 2013 1:59:19 PM

There are apparently some Ivy Bridge-compatible motherboards, such as the ASRock Z77 Extreme4, that include alternate mounting holes for LGA 775 coolers < This is true.,i'm running this board.
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a b K Overclocking
February 6, 2013 8:38:08 AM

I am using a ZALMAN CNPS7000C-AlCu 2 Ball CPU Cooler and I get a stable i5 2500k @ 4.533 1.366 V x44,

@ 4.4 it never breaks70 C

hope that helps
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February 8, 2013 5:25:30 AM

Thank you everyone for the helpful replies.

If you were in this boat, would you use one over getting a new Evo or Noctura?

Now I know it can handle it, but I'd still prefer the best possible cooling/quiet combo as this room heats up pretty quickly.

I'll take a look at the numbers for all 3 one more time. Thanks again.
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February 8, 2013 5:25:51 AM

Best answer selected by bill77.
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a b K Overclocking
February 10, 2013 1:15:01 AM

I just upgraded to the hyper 212 + and running prime95 I cannot break 60C if I wanted to. I am @4.6 on an i5 2500k
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February 22, 2013 6:50:27 AM

Thanks for telling me about your experience with your old Zalman and the differences since you upgraded. Your post helped me decide to go ahead and order the 212 too.

fkr said:
I just upgraded to the hyper 212 + and running prime95 I cannot break 60C if I wanted to. I am @4.6 on an i5 2500k

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a b K Overclocking
February 26, 2013 12:12:54 AM

cool ;) . it is quiet, works well and looks allot better. enjoy
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