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Looking at Zalman 9500/9700 I see a big gaping hole in the middle of the cooler. I suppose most of the air from the fan takes the path of least resistance and exits through this hole rather than over the fins.

Has anyone tried to plug that hole and see how Zalman performs? I’m tempted to buy this cooler just for this experiment: plug the hole with a piece of foam and wrap a vinyl around the cooler (to create a cylinder) to force the air over the fins.

If someone has already done this, please let me know.
The hole is there to save weight. A fan can't push air through it's center point, because there is a motor there. Also, the fan blade speed is many times faster at the tip, rather than torward the center. Since heatpipe transfer heat very fast, it's better to have most of the heatsink in the path of the faster air.
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post #32 of 71
Being a budget gamer, I know that the word "best" is sometimes based on price/performance. While some of those coolers aren't necessarily bank-breakers by themselves, upgrading a case to fit a huge HS/F is.

If a budget section ever did arise, I'd like to nominate the CPU cooler in my sig. Idle temps on an overclocked P4 are 35C. That's pretty decent for a 20-25 dollar cooler in my book.
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I....want....a....tuniq...tower!
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post #34 of 71
I just ordered an AC Freezer 7 Pro LGA775 a few days ago, but after reading this thread it seems that I would be better to bolt down the heat sink with some metal screws instead of the stock Intel plastic clamps.

Has any one modified or installed metal screws with the AC Freezer instead of keeping the stock Intel clamps???
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post #35 of 71
this is great!!!

you should do one for NorthBridge Coolers!
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post #36 of 71
What about the Thermalright Ultra 120 Plus/Extreme (seen both names). Its not out yet but I have seen a review...

http://www.anandtech.com/casecooling...oc.aspx?i=2943

Oh how the Tuniq has fallen... to the yet to be sold HS.
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post #37 of 71
Hmmmm maybe the.. Tuniq Tower
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post #38 of 71
bump.
*sticky vote*
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post #39 of 71
I am seeing similar temps with my Scythe Infinity in a push pull setup, with a 3rd case exhaust fan literally half an inch away from the Inifinity "exhaust"

The fans are normally 80cfm at 12v, but I estimate they are running half that with my sunbeamtech fan controller. my damn PSU is louder than 5 120mm fans...

Scythe Infinity is an excellent cooler.
    
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post #40 of 71
what about the ultra-x im thinking of geting that in a week
it seems good and would look cool in my case =)
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