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First question:
How much better is the Zalman CNPS9700LED then the Zalman CNPS9500LED? I've got a then Zalman CNPS9500LED myself.

Second question:
I've got an 120mm fan in the back of my cabinet, would it help if I put a second fan on top of that? I'm running out of places to put the fans :-P Would it make a lot of noise?
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post #2 of 11
Well I have the 9700 but I have no experience with the 9500. I doubt there is THAT much of a difference but I do know from all of the reviews I've read that the 9500 is a lot quieter but I don't care. And BTW I was just in Norway earlier today... just flew home (states) where in norway do you live? I have cousins in Bergen
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I went from a 9500 to a 9700, with good airflow, my temps went down 4c idle and 7c load. Its a great upgrade but only if your case has good airflow.
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post #4 of 11
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Thanks for your answer. I didn't know that the CNPS9700 made a lot of noise... Is it too much?

You were in Norway?!? Cool! I live in Stavanger! We're traveling up to Bergen in two days!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by reberto View Post
I went from a 9500 to a 9700, with good airflow, my temps went down 4c idle and 7c load. Its a great upgrade but only if your case has good airflow.
My case has good airflow :-) What about the noise? Can you hear a difference?
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post #6 of 11
If you have a 120mm fan available ...

Then *don't* buy the 9700 and simply modify your 9500 to use the larger fan:

This is my old 9500 after I strapped a 120mm fan to it; if it will work for you depends on your motherboard, really ... worth trying.

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I don't use that 9500 any more ... but when I did, the mod dropped my temps about 9 degrees!

Anyway ... let me know and I'll send you some info on the mod process ...

    
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post #7 of 11
I would love to know how you added the 120 on without cutting off some of the fins =O
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check his thread...
    
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post #9 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by Betrivent View Post
I would love to know how you added the 120 on without cutting off some of the fins =O
Here's a handy little illustration I just did which will help you better understand:

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The mounting arm absolutely must be bent, as depicted above, so the fan will hang outside the fin assembly.

No trimming was done on the Zalman ...

Took a bit of finessing, but eventually got it just right.

    
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post #10 of 11
Is it hard to bend? Also, if I bend it wrong, will it totally prevent my HS to work?

I just want to know if I* want to do this now or later when I'm more keen on buying a new HS should I screw up.
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