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AMD FX-4170 Zambezi 4.2GHz Heatsink Help

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December 14, 2012 12:34:19 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I just got a new rig and bought the http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... as a heatsink and stupid me didnt see that it doesnt work with AMD3+ motherboard.

I am having issues finding a good heatsink for my CPU. The one that came with it is loud and worries me. I normally go with the ones out of the box but this one is just too loud and I feel its being overworked.

I would like to spend no more then 60-70$ on the heatsink/fan.

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December 14, 2012 12:49:23 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168..., works great with my slightly oc'd phenom x6 and at $60 plus $20 MiR

If u dont care for the led lights then a cooler master hyper 212 + or evo work good too, but if u can get the rebate id prefer the zalman
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December 14, 2012 1:02:45 AM

Yes that is the heatsink fan i mentioned and the evo version is slightly better but recommended to get an extra fan for push pull.

But the yes ud have to remove the backplate for any aftermarket cpu cooler heatsink fan, and most to all modern coolers are multi socket compatible and if u still have the original zalman cooler u bought it'll work with "AM3+" as AM3+ is the same cooler backplate as AM3 and for aftermarket coolers the same screw pattern layout.

Small correction its AM3+ not AMD3+
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December 14, 2012 1:08:34 AM

lazyboy947 said:
Yes that is the heatsink fan i mentioned and the evo version is slightly better but recommended to get an extra fan for push pull.

But the yes ud have to remove the backplate for any aftermarket cpu cooler heatsink fan, and most to all modern coolers are multi socket compatible and if u still have the original zalman cooler u bought it'll work with "AM3+" as AM3+ is the same cooler backplate as AM3 and for aftermarket coolers the same screw pattern layout.

Small correction its AM3+ not AMD3+


Well my case has 4 case fans as is so air flow is good for me. As for the zal the bracket would not screw on the motherboard no matter what way I tried.

This is the motherboard I have http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I think I will go with the 212. What do you mean a extra fan as well?
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December 14, 2012 1:14:47 AM

Many people add an extra fan for the hyper 212 for push pull for better cooling, im not sure how its done as i dont not own one nor tried one before.

Are you sure that you attempted to put the bracket on correctly? as read the manual took off the preinstalled brackets and used the right things? Because that Zalman 9500 cooler should be compatible for the Socket AM3+ as its the same cooler set up as AM3, and is compatible for the newest intel sockets so should work with newest amd socket.
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December 14, 2012 1:19:02 AM

lazyboy947 said:
Many people add an extra fan for the hyper 212 for push pull for better cooling, im not sure how its done as i dont not own one nor tried one before.

Are you sure that you attempted to put the bracket on correctly? as read the manual took off the preinstalled brackets and used the right things? Because that Zalman 9500 cooler should be compatible for the Socket AM3+ as its the same cooler set up as AM3, and is compatible for the newest intel sockets so should work with newest amd socket.


Yeah I think they sent me a bracket for a Intel motherboard and not AMD now that I think about it because your right, it SHOULD fit it.
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December 14, 2012 1:24:01 AM

Well i can say that it should work as i saw a newegg review with this cooler working with an fx 8150 am3+, so maybe see if the manual has the pic of the amd bracket. Because the bracket is different from the one i have with my 9900 max.

Possibly look up a video of someone installing the cooler or unboxing or something that can give u an answer to brackets etc...
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December 14, 2012 1:29:26 AM

lazyboy947 said:
Well i can say that it should work as i saw a newegg review with this cooler working with an fx 8150 am3+, so maybe see if the manual has the pic of the amd bracket. Because the bracket is different from the one i have with my 9900 max.

Possibly look up a video of someone installing the cooler or unboxing or something that can give u an answer to brackets etc...


Oh well. I think the coolmaster might be a better pick from what I am reading, has better ratings too. Thank you for the help!
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December 14, 2012 1:29:36 AM

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