Zalman Z9 Plus vs. Zalman Z11

I've found the Zalman Z9 Plus and Zalman Z11 at the same price and I can't decide which one to pick. Here's a brief overview:

ZALMAN Z9 PLUS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811235027
Newegg Price: $59.99
Fans: 4 x 120mm
Includes an LED temperature display and fan controller (is this a gimmick or does this really do anything?)
http://www.zalman.com/global/product/Product_Read.php?Idx=423

ZALMAN Z11
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811235033
Newegg Price: $65
Fans: 2 x 120mm and 2 x 80mm
http://www.zalman.com/global/product/Product_Read.php?Idx=475

This case will house an overclocked i5 3570k and Radeon 7870 at some point, so I need some good cooling and air flow. I would preferably not have to purchase any more fans.
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  1. both are decent, id go with the one that has the most fans and u prefer the visual look :)
  2. iceclock said:
    both are decent, id go with the one that has the most fans and u prefer the visual look :)


    Both have the same number of fans, just one has 4 x 120 while the other has 2 x 120 and 2 x 80.

    Do the temperature monitor and fan control do anything?
  3. temperature monitor shows u the current temp and fan controller lets u change the speed of the fans.

    pretty much sums it up.
  4. iceclock said:
    temperature monitor shows u the current temp and fan controller lets u change the speed of the fans.

    pretty much sums it up.


    Sorry, my previous question was dumb.

    How would the temperature monitor be of use if it only gave the temp in one part of the case? It wouldn't actually tell me a whole lot other then "Your case in this particular spot is hot" or "Your case in this particular spot is nice and cold."

    Would the temperature monitor and fan controller give the Z9 Plus over the Z11? For some reason, in most stores the Z11 is $80/$90, which makes me hesitant to get the generally cheaper Z9 Plus. (Remember, I found them for the same price.
  5. get witch ever suits ur needs :) and the look u like
  6. iceclock said:
    get witch ever suits ur needs :) and the look u like


    My need is cold air. The Z9 Plus would be cooler, right?
  7. im unshur i use a coolermaster haf 932 and love it,

    if they both have similar construction materials and same fans,. they will be equal in cooling terms.
  8. iceclock said:
    im unshur i use a coolermaster haf 932 and love it,

    if they both have similar construction materials and same fans,. they will be equal in cooling terms.


    The Z9 Plus has two bigger fans, would that make it cooler?
  9. well not necesserely its more the rpm speed witch would make it more performance wild.
  10. iceclock said:
    well not necesserely its more the rpm speed witch would make it more performance wild.


    How would I determine the fan RPM?
  11. it says it on the specs of the case.
  12. iceclock said:
    it says it on the specs of the case.


    I'm unable to find the fan RPMs.

    Anyone else want to help out too?
  13. i cant find the rpm per second, but both are very good, i think u should choose what look u prefer as i think both are just as good in performance department ;)
  14. I use the Z9, its a great case with a ton of features for the price. The Z11 doesn't really have anything on it in one way or another. If your talking a big fancy intel chip and a 7870 is it really gonna kill the bank to spend another $30 on a couple good fans to help your cooling ?
  15. cmi86 said:
    I use the Z9, its a great case with a ton of features for the price. The Z11 doesn't really have anything on it in one way or another. If your talking a big fancy intel chip and a 7870 is it really gonna kill the bank to spend another $30 on a couple good fans to help your cooling ?


    Do you find the temperature monitor and fan control useful?

    And also, what's the optimal fan setup for cooling an OC'ed i5-3570k and OC'ed 7870?

    Thanks!
  16. ROUGHRIDER13 said:
    Do you find the temperature monitor and fan control useful?

    And also, what's the optimal fan setup for cooling an OC'ed i5-3570k and OC'ed 7870?

    Thanks!


    Fan controls are useful if you find yourself constantly needing to chance the fan speed for one reason or another however I find that a 4 case fan set up with a rear exhausting graphics card is often times plenty to keep your system cool. On my Z9 I use 4 Coolermaster SickleFlow 120 MM fans, 1 in the front and one in the bottom pull in and the two in the top rear exhaust. This is enough to keep the rig in my sig cool which I guarantee kicks off alot more heat than what you are working with.
  17. z9 for da moneh
  18. First of all, let's start with a cynical math lesson! 3 +2 = 5. Therefore, the Z11 has five fans. Additionally the Z11 has USB 3.0 while the Z9 has USB 2.0. I would say you're better off with the Z11, unless you want to spend the difference in price on USB 3.0 slots later in life anyway since I'm assuming you're buying a decent mobo to go with that i5 and 7870 and you're going to want to get the most out of it:)
  19. ROUGHRIDER13 said:
    iceclock said:
    both are decent, id go with the one that has the most fans and u prefer the visual look :)


    Both have the same number of fans, just one has 4 x 120 while the other has 2 x 120 and 2 x 80.

    Do the temperature monitor and fan control do anything?


    the z11 has a 120 front and back and top adn 2 80mm in the sides of the front.
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