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Anyone Lapped their Zalman 9500?

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Anyone? I was thinking of lapping my Zalman HS first, I don't want to void my processor's warranty . For those who have lapped their HS, was the hard work worth it? What temp drops should I be expecting if I only lap my HS and not the IHS. Thanks a lot, and any help is deply appreciated.
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The Zalman has a good finish already doesn't it? You won't see more than 2-3C drop unless it is really uneven for some reason.
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Due to how crappy it is, another fan will help more than lapping will.
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Darn, I already have like 9 case fans (my ambient case temp is like 29 degrees, but the CPU is always at 48-51 idle and 60+ load, even hitting 75 degrees with prime95 on both cores). Pretty strange eh? I'm also positive that I have the heatsink installed correctly and the amount of AS5 applied correctly. Oh, and I have it at 2.93ghz at standard volts.
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bro, those temps happen to my computer too using the exact same gear [9500 + as5] dunno what's up
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that does run a little hot yes..mmm I wonder.

I have that same cooler, and my load is around 57C or so (core temp), with my CPU at 3.4GHz and a mild overvoltage. There is nothing wrong with the cooler gonX, it's not crappy at all.

I do believe that it's sensitive to airflow and such.
    
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I do believe that it's sensitive to airflow and such.
Exactly, I have read reviews where they say it's amazing and others that say it's awful. The fact that you (lordbaron01) said you have 9 case fans is probably causing the opposite effect that you want. Try to cut down as much as you can so you just have air coming in, going through the HS and then going out.
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Exactly, I have read reviews where they say it's amazing and others that say it's awful. The fact that you (lordbaron01) said you have 9 case fans is probably causing the opposite effect that you want. Try to cut down as much as you can so you just have air coming in, going through the HS and then going out.
Good advice . Never really thought of that. Might try it out later. But do you think lapping the Zalman will do any good?
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Good advice . Never really thought of that. Might try it out later. But do you think lapping the Zalman will do any good?
Good advice RyGuy....Turbulant air inside a case can be a bad as NO FANS at all.....With the Zalman, position it so that it draws air from the front of the case and towards the back. Use a 120 to pull air in from the front and then use another 120 to draw air out from the back. Don't use crazy CFM fans. I use Arctic Cooling 120mm with 7V adapters on them all of the time for this purpose. They are about 53-56 CFM.

PS - Don't position the Zalman to blow air into the PSU (If you can)....Why would you want to add HOT air to an already very HOT and underventilated system component.

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Good advice . Never really thought of that. Might try it out later. But do you think lapping the Zalman will do any good?
My Zalman already has a great finish on it; attempts at lapping that will probably not improve performance at all. DO lap your processor, or pry the HSF off it (those can actually be put back on carefully if you ever need to RMA it).
    
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