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@ the OP:

When I was using the 9500, I dropped 5 - 6 degrees after doing a good lap job on the cooler. I also lapped the CPU, which contributed as well.

That's another thing you might think about doing if you have the time and inclination.

One thing I'll say, having used the Zalman stock, having used it modified and having used other much better coolers ... the stock Zalman 9500 just is not a super cooler. It's better than your stock HS for sure ... but can't compare with the big tower coolers.

It can be improved dramatically, though if you care to take the time.


How do you figure that the Zalman isn't a super cooler?

Not to argue or anything but its a huge piece of a copper thats very well laid out and an awesome fan in it.

My idle temps are around 25c on my Core2Duo E6400 and the Heatsink never gets hot and I haven't even lapped it yet, although I will admit it has problem with Load temps from Orthos, strange thing is the Heatsink itself never gets hot so I wonder if I have a contact issue as stated before, issues with it being flat.

@OP check the Heatsink with your finger/hand to see if its getting hot or not. If it is then I'd say there COULD be a temp issue but in retrospect if theres not enough contact between the CPU and the Heatsink you wont feel much heat lol.

I do admit I don't know much of AMD systems though
    
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How do you figure that the Zalman isn't a super cooler?

Not to argue or anything but its a huge piece of a copper thats very well laid out and an awesome fan in it.

My idle temps are around 25c on my Core2Duo E6400 and the Heatsink never gets hot and I haven't even lapped it yet, although I will admit it has problem with Load temps from Orthos, strange thing is the Heatsink itself never gets hot so I wonder if I have a contact issue as stated before, issues with it being flat.


I think it's one of the most beautiful things made in the cooler department, even now that I've long since moved on to better coolers. The figure 8 heatpipes are seriously fine. Zalman has got great designers on staff for sure.

But what I'm getting at is that it's not suited to really large over clocks ... just can't dissipate the heat fast enough. It *is* the perfect cooler however for stock speeds and slight overclocks.

One thing that comes to mind and regarding my stock 9500, was how slow it would return to idle temps after running orthos; would just sort of creep back to idle temps over a minute or two.

But after I modified it with a really fast 120mm fan, the return to idle was like, 3 seconds or something; I remember the first time I load tested it after modding it ... I was totally freaked.

Anyway ...

Check my sig for some links ... not only to the mod process and the dramatic reduction in temps I gained.

But also the comparison of the mod'd zalman with the Infinity ...

The surface area of the Big Ole Tower Coolers is just way better at getting the heat out fast.

That's why Zalman came through with the 9700, which I would say *is* in the super cooler category.

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so... since i DO have a little extra money... would this look good:
120mm fan: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811999344

gettin 2x80mms: in progress
and gettin a zalman 9700 or something better? (i have the money)

i just thought of something... if i return this i can get like 200 for a wc
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so... since i DO have a little extra money... would this look good:
120mm fan: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811999344

gettin 2x80mms: in progress
and gettin a zalman 9700 or something better? (i have the money)
Given your situation, the first thing I would do is add that exhaust fan. That Silverstone FM121 is a powerful (loud) fan which would do better on intake or as a fan mounted on an HSF, but if you use the fan controller with it you can dial it up or down according to need. It will suck out hot air from your Zalman CNPS9500 real well. I'm betting you'll see an immediate improvement in your temperature reports.

I'd only consider getting a different HSF once you get your airflow + air volume situation sorted, to be honest.

A step at a time.
    
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lol thanks for keeping me from getting ahead of myself

what do you recommend for 80mm intakes?
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lol thanks for keeping me from getting ahead of myself

what do you recommend for 80mm intakes?
Hehe, well that depends on you.

Personally, I'd go with as much CFM on intake as possible, especially given the power of the Silverstone at full tilt. If you're shopping at NewEgg, here's a list of 80mm fans that they carry.

A couple of rules of thumb with fans: 1) Generally speaking, the more RPM, the greater the CFMs. In other words, faster fans almost always are more powerful fans. 2) Almost in all cases, the more powerful the fan, the noisier it is. Performance always = noise.

Base your selections on these criteria, as only you can determine what's too noisy, right?
    
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two of these...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811999612

will i have to wear earplugs
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two of these...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811999612

will i have to wear earplugs
What?

I can't hear you.



That might be overkill, to be honest.

But if it works for you, sure, why not? LOL It'll certainly introduce a lot of air into the system.
    
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Do tell how the re-seat goes

In my little experience, what i can definitely tell you is that
your case either has poor ventillation,
your Cooler isn't seated correctly (tightly etc)
Or your Bios is reporting incorrectly.


Its strange that your mobo warns that you have a low fan speed at startup, but that may very well be (don't know if it was mentioned) because you have no fan attached to your "chassy" fan connector.

I'd go look in Hardware monitor in bios, to make sure of what my fan RPMs are ^_^
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haha...

actually i think ill get this instead. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835705019

I do use a nice headset.. so noice shouldnt bother me too much
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