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So I think I may have a problem. I want to get a Zalman 9500 to replace my 7000B-Cu. But looking at the specs, the 9500 is about twice as tall. I've got a 120mm fan on the side panel that sticks inward roughly an inch.

I was hoping that someone around here has a Lian-Li PC60/PC61 case, maybe with an Asus A8N-SLI board installed, that they could measure to find out if it will fit without hitting the side panel fan.

Edit - Actually, the fan is 38mm tall so it's closer to 1.5 inches sticking inward.

Edit 2- Ok, this might help. On Zalman's site, it says that "The Case must provide a minimum distance of 135mm between the Motherboard and the Chassis Cover."
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Originally Posted by Warrior1986 View Post
So I think I may have a problem. I want to get a Zalman 9500 to replace my 7000B-Cu. But looking at the specs, the 9500 is about twice as tall. I've got a 120mm fan on the side panel that sticks inward roughly an inch.

I was hoping that someone around here has a Lian-Li PC60/PC61 case, maybe with an Asus A8N-SLI board installed, that they could measure to find out if it will fit without hitting the side panel fan.

Edit - Actually, the fan is 38mm tall so it's closer to 1.5 inches sticking inward.

Edit 2- Ok, this might help. On Zalman's site, it says that "The Case must provide a minimum distance of 135mm between the Motherboard and the Chassis Cover."
Ok your case is 203mm in width so that leaves with you with 68mm to spare,
looks like it will fit.
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Ya, it will, the 9500 is actually pretty small
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post #4 of 8
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Ok your case is 203mm in width so that leaves with you with 68mm to spare,
looks like it will fit.
Then count 6-8 cm on top of that with the mobo tray and such.
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Hmm, so worst case is 203mm - 8mm (for mobo tray) - 38mm (for side panel fan) - 10mm (guesstimate for combined height of mobo + CPU inserted in socket) - 125mm (height of the 9500)

If my math is right, I should be left with 22mm clearance between the side panel's fan and the very tip of the 9500. So I'll have about 3/4 of an inch of space, is that right?
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The difference you will see in the 7000 and 9500 are minimal (2-5°c)...
If the thermal paste is applied correctly and the flow of air is directed right...your temps will not be that much different IMO (as I have both).
If you are already at 2.81 the temperature factor is not going to help your OC...the memory controller on the CPU stepping will.
Many people get this confused...you can pump all the juice to it that you want...but if the CPU drive/chipset/RAM combination is not in cahoots...then you have to try a different mix.
True the thermal threshold is a decideing factor(water,phase,LN2)...but the 7000 already pushes the warmer air out onto the board so that the exhaust fans can do their work.
Maybe I have mine on backwards or maybe I'm just trippin'....
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post #7 of 8
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Hmm, I think 5 degrees is pretty significant. I would feel a lot better knowing that my load temps are 50°C instead of 55°C like they are now.

I looked at the numbers and there is some difference. The 7000 has a Dissipation Area of 3,154 cm2 vs 3,698cm2 for the 9500. Also, the 7000 has a Thermal Resistance of 0.20 °C/W at full speed vs 0.12 °C/W at full speed for the 9500.

So the 9500 has 15% more surface area and nearly half the thermal resistance. Also, at least in my case, the 9500's fan would be blowing directly into the rear exhaust fan which would suck the air right out.

Hmm, maybe I'm being optimistic, but I think there could be a difference. I don't know.
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Nuts, I forgot to ask. Will I be able to just swap the 9500 in place of the 7000 (ie unscrew the 7000 and put the 9500 with the clip in the picture below and attach it to the nipples where the 7000 did)? Cause I remember when I put the 7000 in, I had to take apart something on the socket and attach that backboard behind the CPU socket on the back of the board.
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