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Alpenföhn Matterhorn or Zalman CNPS12X?

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Hello,

if choosing between those two coolers, which would you suggest is better when it comes to noise? Would the Matterhorn be capable of cooling the newest CPUs efficiently, even when overclocked? Since it's a bit older I mean.

Thanks a lot!
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Both are capable of overclocking fairly good obviously, since that's what they are designed for. Both are pretty quiet, the 12X is better but also way more expenisve.

A good, and relative cheap alternative would be the Mugen 2 or 3 from Scythe. it's not nickleplated and all that but pretty effective and quiet and also only 158mm tall.
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Originally Posted by Elohim View Post

Both are capable of overclocking fairly good obviously, since that's what they are designed for. Both are pretty quiet, the 12X is better but also way more expenisve.
A good, and relative cheap alternative would be the Mugen 2 or 3 from Scythe. it's not nickleplated and all that but pretty effective and quiet and also only 158mm tall.

Would you say the 12x is also better noise-wise?
Since I haven't found a direct comparison yet, I used this chart and then listened to the audio sample of the Phanteks here since both the Zalman and Phanteks have the same dbA on the chart.
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Both are capable of overclocking fairly good obviously, since that's what they are designed for. Both are pretty quiet, the 12X is better but also way more expenisve.
A good, and relative cheap alternative would be the Mugen 2 or 3 from Scythe. it's not nickleplated and all that but pretty effective and quiet and also only 158mm tall.

Both are very good for overclocking and both are very silent. CNPS12X will probably be slightly cooler at low rpm and noise. Mugen 2 or 3 get there arses kicked by both coolers and taller than the coolers suggested by topic starter.
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Would you say the 12x is also better noise-wise?
Since I haven't found a direct comparison yet, I used this chart and then listened to the audio sample of the Phanteks here since both the Zalman and Phanteks have the same dbA on the chart.

i didnt have a chance to personally check out the Zalman, i just assume form the 1200rpm and from what i've read that it's fairly quiet. The Matterhorn fan can go down to ~500rpm in Idle while the Zalman fans only get down to ~900rpm. Personally i wouldnt buy the 12X for the simple fact that i couldnt change the fans if i wanted to. And Zalman is not exactly the first choice if you are looking for fans without sidenoise either.
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Both are very good for overclocking and both are very silent. CNPS12X will probably be slightly cooler at low rpm and noise. Mugen 2 or 3 get there arses kicked by both coolers and taller than the coolers suggested by topic starter.

if by "arse kicked" you mean "being slightly worse than the matterhorn but cheaper" than i agree...
Edited by Elohim - 12/21/11 at 2:27am
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The fact that the Zalman only goes down to 850 RPM instead of the 500 like the Alpenföhn put me off slightly as well.
Regarding the sidenoise of the Zalman, I checked out two youtube clips comparing the CNPS12X with the Matterhorn portraying the noise levels at all voltages and when it spun at full speed at 12V it had a kind of high-pitched sound to it, not good at all. I'm not sure though how audible those things would be inside the case (which is an NZXT Phantom with all standard fans plus a Noctua front fan). I'm slowly starting to doubt I should take one of them at all and instead go for the Thermalright Archon and skip the side fan, but I really might regret it when I decide to overlock my GTX 570 in the future.
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