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And, to re-state my point: the Zalman is a GOOD cooler, even with current competition in mind, BUT provided that the air flow in the case is optimized for this cooler (i.e., an excellent front-to back airflow, preferably at the level of the cooler, and no interruptive side airflow). Under these specific circumstances, the Zalman will be excellent.

However, in a more average situation (with a more turbulent airflow necessary to keep the other hardware, such as GPUs, NB, SB and such cool enough), a Tuniq Tower, TRUE (with good fan), Xigmatek, or OCZ Vendetta 2 will beat the Zalman easily.
    
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And, to re-state my point: the Zalman is a GOOD cooler, even with current competition in mind, BUT provided that the air flow in the case is optimized for this cooler (i.e., an excellent front-to back airflow, preferably at the level of the cooler, and no interruptive side airflow). Under these specific circumstances, the Zalman will be excellent.

However, in a more average situation (with a more turbulent airflow necessary to keep the other hardware, such as GPUs, NB, SB and such cool enough), a Tuniq Tower, TRUE (with good fan), Xigmatek, or OCZ Vendetta 2 will beat the Zalman easily.
Hmm, so I should stay away from putting exhaust fans right over my Zalman and instead just get rid of the grills and improve the through flow, which is really pretty good in my case.

I've been wondering why they didnt engineer it to blow toward the back intead of up, or to the left like in my Rack case.
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The zalman should be installed such that it blows out to the back. Thus, the fan is at the right hand side, since it pushes the air through the cooler...
    
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