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Poll Results: Which cooling scenario should I choose?

 
  • 90% (10)
    Tuniq Tower 120 (lapped)
  • 9% (1)
    Zalman CNPS 9700 and Thermaltake A2400 Case Door
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post #1 of 7
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As it is now, I have a Tuniq Tower 120 (lapped, with Silverstone FN121 fan) sitting on my processor. OK, maybe it's hanging, but you get the point. Anyway, with the release of the new Zalman CNPS 9700, I am reconsidering my setup:

The Tuniq Tower is 15.2cm tall, meaning that there is less than half a centimeter of room between my A2400 case door fan and the top of the TT120. Since the cooling fins of the TT120 are perpindicular to the airflow of the A2400 case door, and it is so close to the door itself, the airflow is significantly blocked. So much so, that I don't even use the door anymore because it doesn't help with cooling any components.

The Zalman is 14.2cm tall, so that would give nearly 1.5cm of airflow space between the cooler and the A2400 case door fan. In addition, the cooling fins are essentially parallel to the air flow direction, so air flow from the A2400 would not be hindered nearly as much, if at all, and the extra space between the A2400 and 9700 will allow more air to reach the motherboard. Please make sure you realize that the Zalman CNPS 9700 is their new cooler with a 110mm fan, not their older (but still new) CNPS 9500 with the 92mm fan, as that is what most of you are familiar with.

So, my question is whether or not you all think that making the change from the TT120 (lapped with fan upgrade) to the A2400 and Zalman 9700 will help my motherboard cooling and not hinder my excellent CPU load temperature (52 degrees C for a Pentium D 930 at 4.36 GHz). I will sell my Tuniq Tower 120 for approximately the same price it sells for online because it is lapped, so I will only be down $10 with this move, if that.

Opinions? Comments? Concerns?
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post #2 of 7
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Please note that although the poll does not show that bit of information, I do indeed have a Silverstone FN121 120mm 110cfm fan in my Tuniq Tower 120, so upgrading the fan on my Tuniq Tower is not an option! Also do not confuse the CNPS 9500 and the CNPS 9700 from Zalman.

EDIT: Please tell me why you pick the option you do... Also, why is the second option in italics? o.O

Thermaltake A2400 Case Door - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811999812
Zalman CNPS 9700 - http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16835118019
Tuniq Tower 120 - http://www.xoxide.com/tuniq-t-120-hsf.html
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*Bump* I would really appreciate others' experiences and opinion as I am not sure I should make the switch, but I think it is a shame to let my A2400 go to waste.
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post #4 of 7
If the disruption of your tuniq is costing you a few degrees, then I would switch the to zalman (since the fan is hueg) BUT, would the zalman require removing the mobo, and would the 110mm fan block the RAM modules? If so, would either of those bother you. I know all cases/mobos/coolers are not the same, but with my current setup I would keep the tuniq and mod the side case as to allow more airflow directly to the tuniq.
    
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post #5 of 7
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I would imagine more airflow would get to the RAM and motherboard components because of the A2400 blowing towards the motherboard, but I am not sure if the Zalman 9700 will block the RAM modules or not, I will have to look into its size in that direction as well. Thanks for catching that!

How exactly would you mod my case?
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post #6 of 7
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I just checked, and the Zalman 9700 is only 0.5cm longer than the 9500 (which is 8.5cm long), so it shouldn't come close to covering the RAM. My Tuniq Tower 120 has a width of 13.1cm and it doesn't cover the RAM.
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*Bump*
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