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Good or bad? I have right now and my temps suck so bad right now but in all fairness I do need to lap it because its scratched all to hell on the bottom of it.

I also found that I need to squirt a vertical line of Artic Silver cross the top of the heat spreader because of the way the Cores are layed out on the chip.

I've always liked Zalman but what do you guys think? Its pure freakin' copper and it glows blue *NO WAI*

Thanks in advance.
    
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Not the best, but not the worst either.

It's a cooler that's heavily dependent on airflow in your case. Make sure you have excellent front-to-back airflow (120mm front in and 120mm back out is the minimum, and powerful 120mm fans are recommended).

I had pretty good temps with mine, but upgraded to a Tuniq Tower and a CNPS 9700.
    
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post #3 of 12
Fair to mid-range.

The CNPS 9500 design also relies on airflow through the case and across it's surface area in addition to it's own fan.

I really like mine. It does a "Fair" job at keeping the x2 3800 rolling along at a mild OC (10%).
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I had a 9500 and got decent temps

at 3600 mhz my c2d ran in the mid 50's

at 3200 mhz it ran 51 cel max load

http://www.setel.com/~elminster/c2d/stable.jpg

The Tuniq tower 120 knocked a good 5-10 cel off the 9500 though, runs about 45 cel max

http://www.setel.com/~elminster/c2d/3200.jpg
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I've got a 80mm pulling in from the front and then the Zalman pushes it out the back through a 120mm
    
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I think you need better intake. 80mm won't cut it by a long shot for that CPU cooler.
    
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Not to argue but how do you figure? Sorry I'm just a noob
    
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Not to argue but how do you figure? Sorry I'm just a noob

Pull the sidepanel off and stick your hand in front of the 80mm, feel much airflow?
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define "Much" Should it freeze my hand or just a slight breeze? lol
    
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Quote:
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define "Much" Should it freeze my hand or just a slight breeze? lol
You should be able to feel the flow from your intake fan when your hand is near your Zalman.
An 80mm will not move enough air to satisfy your Zalman.
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