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So I'm looking at moving my system into a new case in the near future, most likely a Cosmos S. I'd also like to replace my cpu cooler - currently a Thermaltake V1 - since it is... merely ok. Not horrible but not great performance, certainly not worth the cost.

I'd go for a TRUE but the Cosmos S doesn't fit most (any?) tower heatsinks without removing the side panel fan or chopping bits of it away, neither of which I really want to do. I'm aware there's a revision for that case in the works (though no one is certain if it fixes this particular issue), but it's already late and CM has no idea when it will be available.

So I'm looking for a decent cpu cooler that will fit in the Cosmos, which I believe has a clearance of around 145mm, possibly a small bit more. Currently I'm considering the Zalman CNPS9700 - seems popular and one of the better performers, if a little pricier than most. Are there other ones that are better that I'm overlooking?

Also, is there any real performance difference between the full copper version and the copper-aluminum one (9700LED and 9700NT)? I ask mainly because NewEgg has the full copper one for $26 less, which actually makes the price somewhat more decent.
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Noctua NH-C12P.

Looks fantastic and being Noctua it does a good job at cooling.
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What CPU are you planning on running?

If you're going to run a dual-core, the Thermalright SI-128SE that I'm using has been brilliant. I don't know how good it will be for a quad-core, though (I don't own one, so I can't say how good an SI-128SE would be on a quad).

My other recommendation is the Thermaltake Big Typhoon, which is now quite under-rated. It's still a superbly-effective design for dual-cores.

Another possibility is the CoolerMaster GeminII (another under-rated cooler, in my opinion).

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Try the one I got to fit in the cosmos S.

the thermalright SI-128 SE. I had a lapped TRUE before. My temp difference is only 2C under load (using same fan on both).

Plus it blows air down onto the vrms.

btw, I am running a quad and had the TRUE on it before I switched cases.
Edited by Robilar - 6/4/08 at 7:46pm
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Try the one I got to fit in the cosmos S.

the thermalright SI-128 SE. I had a lapped TRUE before. My temp difference is only 2C under load (using same fan on both).

Plus it blows air down onto the vrms.

btw, I am running a quad and had the TRUE on it before I switched cases.

Do you think the Thermalright SI-128 SE would have any problems fitting on my Maximus Formula? My heatsink are rather huge so I dont know.
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here are some pics (the answer is it will fit fine)


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Thanks for the info and pics...might have to pick one up when payday comes!
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Noctua NH-C12P.

Looks fantastic and being Noctua it does a good job at cooling.
I was going to say that. Plus it comes with my favorite silent fan (I have 3)

Here's a review http://icrontic.com/articles/noctua_nh-c12p/page5
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here's this Xigmatek one also.

Here's Silent PC Review's review on it too.
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What CPU are you planning on running?
oops, used to have my system specs in my sig, forgot I took them out I'm currently running an E6850, I may upgrade to a 45nm quad in a few months but it's not a big priority for now.

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Originally Posted by Robilar View Post
Try the one I got to fit in the cosmos S.

the thermalright SI-128 SE. I had a lapped TRUE before. My temp difference is only 2C under load (using same fan on both).

Plus it blows air down onto the vrms.

btw, I am running a quad and had the TRUE on it before I switched cases.
Ah nice, I was a bit concerned with some of the downdraft coolers and how clearance was over board components. Good to see some pics and to know the case can handle them too.

I'll check out the SE-128SE and some of the others here, thanks for all the suggestions. *tosses around a bunch of rep*

Oh and Robilar - you have some of the most helpful posts that I've come across all over the forum. It seems like every thread I read relating to questions I have, you answer them and/or provide pics that answer other questions too! It's almost strange... (but in a good way!)
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