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post #11 of 71
You forgot the Scythe Ninja. It arguably has the same cooling power as the Infinity, so I'd put them together, like you did the 9500 and AC7. Otherwise, great FAQ!
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post #12 of 71
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I knew I forgot an important one. lol I'll add that also.

Time for sleep. I'll add the others tomorrow.
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post #13 of 71
You're almost on your way to you first flame, nice job!

I'm not saying it should be up there, but I've had some great experiences with the XP90C. At the time, I couldn't fit some of the larger heatsinks in my case due to space restrictions. This little baby saved my life and delivered some amazing temps when paired with my vantec tornado. Come to think of it, if anyone wants to buy this heatsink (less than 6 months old if I recall correctly), my vantec tornado (very high rpm fan), and/or my vantec fan controller




The fan controller I spoke of. Fits in floppy drive bay. The cables can be a pain to set up (get tangled), but once you get situated, it's fine.
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post #14 of 71
from my experiences, there are important factors to consider when judging or testing every heatsink.

1. Mounting pressure. The stock scythe infinity mount uses plastic pins which dont provide nearly the pressure that the ultra 120 or tuniq tower mounting system has to offer. People have had temp drops if 3-6c because of this modification. Here is a thread on it:
http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/...d.php?t=117054

2. Fan speed & noise.
The tuniq tower, ultra 120, and big typhoon all have fins that are tightly spaced together. Becuase of this, they NEED at least a 60cfm fan to show the heatsink's muscle. To get this cfm, the fan would have to generate between 25-30dba. For some people, this is much too loud. The only reason the tuniq is good is because its fan produces MASSIVE airflow, at 40dba. You see the temps in the reviews, but if only you could listen to the 40dba it produces. If you want a quiet system, the scythe infinity or scythe ninja would be your best bet.

3. Base Construction.
I have a theory that the base of these monster heatsinks can either make or break its performance. The ultra 120 and tuniq tower have a base design that wraps around the heatpipes. This makes very good contact thus giving the radiator above it something to work on. On the other hand...the scythe infinity has only 25% of each heatpipe touching the base. And that smaller heatsink above the base? thats BARELY connected to it! If the scythe had similar base construction, it would be much better.

so...all this combined into one heatsink? Where can we get a high performance heatsink that is still quiet? Well it depends on what you think is high performance. There are more and more people modding their scythe infinity nowadays becuase of the potential it has. One of those popele just happens to me me

Here is my recent thread I have created on my experiences....

http://www.ocforums.com/showthread.php?t=494855

Here is another someone else made...

http://www.ocforums.com/showthread.php?t=493432


As you can see...there is a lot to gain from this heatsink.


So, what do we want to as outselves before we buy a heatsink? I will start with the obvious....

How big is it?
How many fins does it have?
How many heatpipes does it have?
How heavy is it (more metal to absorb the heat)
How many fans can I mount on it?
Will it be loud?
What ELSE can I do to it? (especially if it needs a lap job)


Look for potential, not out of the box performance. Its no surprise that all these reviews tell that the infinity is worse than the mightly tuniq when stock, but mod the **** out if it, and you will destroy the tuniq's performance with the little noise of two low rpm yate loons.

just my $0.02...
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post #15 of 71
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Thermalright XP-90C is done. Working on the Titan Vanessa L-Type now.

Vanessa L-Type is done.

Noctua NH-U 12 is done.
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post #16 of 71
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I added the Scythe Ninja.
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post #17 of 71
I think TT performs best among those from what i read in the forums.
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post #18 of 71
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It will depend on your set up, but for most, the Tuniq Tower is one of the best.
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post #19 of 71
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Zalman 9700



The Zalman coolers are good looking coolers. They work well and can keep your temps low. They are more dependent on case airflow than the other coolers, however. The fan is also dependent on the speed of the fan. As seen in the X-bit labs E6300 test, the lower fan setting gives 61.7C temps at 1850RPM in a closed case. When the fan speed is increased, the temperature is lowered to 57.8C. The fan runs up to 2800RPM instead of 2000RPM the other fans go to. With the case open, the temperature with the fan on low is 56.2 C and on high is 54.7C.

The Zalman improved with the Pentium D in an open case. In a closed case, the temperatures were 76.9C (on low) and 73.8C (on high). In an open case, the temperatures were improved to 69.7C on low and 66.1C on high. If you had very good airflow you could probably achieve near the open temps inside a case.

....

On a Pentium D 840 (3.2GHz stock voltage 24.5C ambient) the NH-U 12 (with two fans) ran at 61C on low speed and 58C on high speed. The stock Intel cooler ran at 81C in that test. On an Opteron 144 @ 2.7GHz, the NH-U 12 kept the temperatures at 44C. It is a good cooler.

All the temps you posted seem to be a bit high...

The Zalman 9700 sentence I bolded could be fixed.

Overall, very nice and detailed, if this is not in your sig, get it in there!

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I wonder if it would make a difference ( I mean if certain cooler would shine more than they did/that other coolers) if a different fan was used?
Example 130CFM pair with each of the coolers, which would be better?
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