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Poll Results: Best CPU Cooler for AMD Socket AM2 Processors?

Poll expired: May 27, 2008  
  • 0% (0)
    Zalman 9500a
  • 60% (6)
    ZALMAN CNPS9700
  • 20% (2)
    Thermaltake CL-P0114
  • 20% (2)
    ZALMAN CNPS 9500
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post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
Okay, well I was browsing around on the net (directron.com) and I found a Coolermaster Aquagate Duo Viva (CPU/GPU -GPU/GPU SLI) Watercooling kit. These kits sell for $80+ anywhere else, and I got it on sale for $39.99. I was already in the market for a new CPU cooler, since I upgraded to the 6400+ Black Edition. So I figured I would give this a shot.

First of all, it comes pre-charged, so who knows what type of coolant they put in there. I personal bought some Thermaltake UV Green Coolant from my local CompUSA, but never put it in, thank god because I am returning that as well! The only good thing about a pre-charged system, you know it doesn't leak.

Because its pre-charged, pre-assembled, its very difficult to maneuver. It took me 5 hours to install this thing! I also got to do a little better cable management while I was at it. The nice feature about this system was that it has an alarm function, but I'm not sure what it detects, the manual says it detects "abnormal behavior" What does this mean? Will it turn off the computer if it leaks? I don't know.

Anyway, the fans on it are crap because for one, they are LOUD! Secondly, they have some type of thermal sensor that detects how hot the water is, and then adjusts themselves accordingly. The only problem is, the water was near boiling (exaggerated) and the fans where spinning so high and so loud, I thought a blade was going fly off and give me a tracheotomy, which would not be fun.

I was going to install this on my AM2 AMD 6400+ CPU and then put the other waterblock on my 8600GT. So I get everything set up, and how I like it, and plug it up and turn it on.......The GPU almost caught fire, not really, but it did turn itself off because it got too hot. With a few minor adjustments, I was able to fix that. The CPU reported nice temps (27c) in BIOS at first. I then proceeded to boot to Vista...My idle temps where 44c (higher than my current air cooled Thermaltake TMG1 which idles at 33c (CPU) The GPU reported worse temps. idling at around 55c. Don't forget, with these temps. the fans where spinning as fast as they can, making as much noise as they could. Luckily it was only 3am at this point, and my girlfriend was sound asleep, she woke up and thought we were in an airplane.

But seriously, I did take pictures, and I do have recommendations for this product. If you are serious about buying this product, bang your head on a brick wall and then just burn whatever amount of money you are going to spend on it. Trust me, you will get better results. Okay, okay, seriously though, this product is DEFINITELY not recommended for anything above a 7 series nVidia GPU, and will not work on anything above a 5000 series x2 AMD cpu. I read all the horrible reviews that this product was given on the net, after I had already purchased it. I probably should have just refused the package, but curiosity killed the cat, right.... But dammit, for every 100 bad reviews, I saw 1 good review that kept my dreams of this thing kicking @ss alive! I was wrong, its boxed up, and ready to go back to where it came from! I did, however order a ZALMAN 9500A CPU fan, that should be here on the 9th.

Anyway, here's the pictures, so go ahead and laugh it up, I sure am


This is the packaging the product came in.



My Computer, disassembled.

motherboard removal.

Powersupply? I was going to change the fans, but decided not too.

EVGA 8600GT

EVGA 8600GT Heatsink Removed (just unscrew the screws on back of GPU, then carefully lift off heatsink, very easy to do, for those that didn't know)

Gigabyte GA-M57SLI, I know alot of people have this MOBO, this orange piece is very very simple to remove, take a small flathead screwdriver, flip board over, then press small round white plastic pins through their housings.....then get a pair of needle nose pliers, and pull up on white head of plastic nut. Then gently remove)

Here it is, all setup and ready to be returned
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post #2 of 8
Yeah thats just a joke isn't it...All the cheap kits are the same, they wont cool any better then a good HSF and are more dangerous to your rig...Thanks for all the pic's...
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post #3 of 8
Why'd you list all the Zalmans as the top AM2 coolers? You know virtually any HSF will work on an AM2 socket. Zalmans are pretty middle of the pack (the all inclusive pack). You could do a lot better.
    
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Thread Starter 
Quote:
Why'd you list all the Zalmans as the top AM2 coolers? You know virtually any HSF will work on an AM2 socket. Zalmans are pretty middle of the pack (the all inclusive pack). You could do a lot better.
I am actually glad that you asked this question. What I did, was went to newegg.com and then went to the CPU Cooler section. I then narrowed my results down to am2 socket coolers (because thats my socket type) and I did sort by "most reviews" I then chose the top 4 CPU Coolers with the most reviews and highest ratings (5 stars) and then listed them here.
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post #5 of 8
i was using a blue orb II and it work just fine below 1.5 vcore
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post #6 of 8
Get a zalman 9700, check the guy in my sig he does really good deals on them.
post #7 of 8
Good price point, bad performance.

Spend an extra $60 and pick up one of the starter kits from Petra's if you want to get into water cooling.
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post #8 of 8
those sell down here for bds$180(about usd$90) and i have told many watercooler wannabes to not buy it lol. waste of money if ur building a high-end system
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