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I recently got into a debate with a few people in this thread: http://www.overclock.net/intel-air-c...600-e6300.html about the Zalman 9500 vs. the Tuniq tower. I admitted the Tuniq was a little better based on reviews Ive read, but not much better considering all the space it takes and the weight it puts on your mobo. Several argued that the Tuniq gives a 10+ C advantage. Well I had a Tuniq once before but had to send it back because it didnt fit in my case with my side fan so I didnt get a chance to compare. I was basing my argument on reviews I had read. As you can see in the photo below, I ordered it again and found a "thinner" fan to make it fit. Heres my results with an ambient of 19 C.

Zalman 9500 -

Idle - CPU 42C, Z1 39C, Z2 39C
Load - CPU 56C, Z1 40C, Z2 40C

Tuniq Tower -

Idle - CPU 35C, Z1 32C, Z2 30C
Load - CPU 51C, Z1 42C, Z2 43C

Please note that these readings are with both fans at their lowest speed setting. Also the paste on the Tuniq hasnt had a chance to cure yet.

As you can see the temps are a little better than the Zalman but certainly not 10C+ lower on the CPU. Once I got my CPU to 100% load the case temps actually got worse with the Tuniq as well (probably because its a space hog). I still stand by my original point that the Tuniq does cool better, but not much better considering the size and weight. If you already have a Zalman 9500 it isnt even worth buying the Tuniq if you're looking for a dramatic increase in cooling.
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Wow, thanks a lot. I really do appreciate that data. Makes me feel less inferior.
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Originally Posted by chaotic646 View Post
I recently got into a debate with a few people in this thread: http://www.overclock.net/intel-air-c...600-e6300.html about the Zalman 9500 vs. the Tuniq tower. I admitted the Tuniq was a little better based on reviews Ive read, but not much better considering all the space it takes and the weight it puts on your mobo. Several argued that the Tuniq gives a 10+ C advantage. Well I had a Tuniq once before but had to send it back because it didnt fit in my case with my side fan so I didnt get a chance to compare. I was basing my argument on reviews I had read. As you can see in the photo below, I ordered it again and found a "thinner" fan to make it fit. Heres my results with an ambient of 19 C.

Zalman 9500 -

Idle - CPU 42C, Z1 39C, Z2 39C
Load - CPU 56C, Z1 40C, Z2 40C

Tuniq Tower -

Idle - CPU 35C, Z1 32C, Z2 30C
Load - CPU 51C, Z1 42C, Z2 43C

Please note that these readings are with both fans at their lowest speed setting. Also the paste on the Tuniq hasnt had a chance to cure yet.

As you can see the temps are a little better than the Zalman but certainly not 10C+ lower on the CPU. Once I got my CPU to 100% load the case temps actually got worse with the Tuniq as well (probably because its a space hog). I still stand by my original point that the Tuniq does cool better, but not much better considering the size and weight. If you already have a Zalman 9500 it isnt even worth buying the Tuniq if you're looking for a dramatic increase in cooling.
I disagree.

i had a 9500 and then bought a Tuniq and my temps dropped 9C on idle and about 14C on load.

Huge difference
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It will be different for each person.

I have to have my tuniq blowing air up (and therefore sucking up air from the video card ) but my idle temps are still in the 20's.
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Well, i think this is a bad comparison. The 9500 is clearly no match for the tuniq. Now the 9700 vs the tuniq would be a good show down, but not the little 9500.....It only has a 90mm fan on it, while the tuniq has a 120mm... You gotta compare similar sized coolers for a fair fight. Thats like comparing the 9500 to a stock intel cooler....lol
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Well, i think this is a bad comparison. The 9500 is clearly no match for the tuniq. Now the 9700 vs the tuniq would be a good show down, but not the little 9500.....It only has a 90mm fan on it, while the tuniq has a 120mm... You gotta compare similar sized coolers for a fair fight. Thats like comparing the 9500 to a stock intel cooler....lol
Im not trying to make it fair, Im just showing my results. The tuniq is better but not as much as some people claim. I would be willing to bet the 9700 is just as good if not better than the tuniq.
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UPDATE:

Well I must say I am very surprised. I knew when thermal paste cured it helped the temps a little but I didnt expect anything like this. Now with the Tuniq Im idling at 33C and 47C under full load. Thats a full 4C load temp drop compared to my last results. So thats 9C better than the 9500. Certainly not "14C" but 9C is still a nice drop. So I guess I have to retract my statement about upgrading from a 9500 to a Tuniq Tower not being worth it. I still want to test out a 9700 though. I bet it would be neck and neck with the TT.
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I am running the 9700.. as of Thursday the 28th.. after it cures, it may come down a little more?

and I am OC to 2.91Mhz on a 2.13 Stock clock

Temps from TAT

at stock 39C/37C and 41/39 at Full Load

at 2.91Ghz 44C/41C Idle and 54C/52C Full Load

I am happy with the 9700.. not sure water would cool me that much more, maybe 5-7 degrees
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Quote:
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I am running the 9700.. as of Thursday the 28th.. after it cures, it may come down a little more?

and I am OC to 2.91Mhz on a 2.13 Stock clock

Temps from TAT

at stock 39C/37C and 41/39 at Full Load

at 2.91Ghz 44C/41C Idle and 54C/52C Full Load

I am happy with the 9700.. not sure water would cool me that much more, maybe 5-7 degrees
My e6400 runs @ 3,2(1,4V vcore) with a arctic freezer pro7 (€15) It's 50°C under load. (temps from everest = core temps).
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