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I use a Zalman 9500 on my CPU, and I have it placed like this:


However, I have seen them mounted in other pics in all sorts of ways. I did mine just like the instructions said when I installed it, but are there any benefits/problems with doing it in different directions?

I think I get pretty good temps the way I have it, but I'll be fully cleaning my case, GPU and stuff within the next week or so, and I'm just trying to compile some info...
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Just think about what way your fan is blowing...I think that's the most important part. You want to push that hot air out ASAP. So mount it so its blowing at whatever fans are blowing out of your case.
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People mount them differently according to their case airflow. If they have an intake fan on the top of their case, then it might make sense for them to mount it horizontally.
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Well, it's in an Antec 900, so I could actually mount it so it works with the top exhaust instead of the rear, as it is. Will I see anything noticeable in temps dropping? I'm pretty sure it's minimal if any, but I have a thirst for knowledge...heh
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It'll probably be minimal. Not worth the hassle IMO.
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Well, it's in an Antec 900, so I could actually mount it so it works with the top exhaust instead of the rear, as it is. Will I see anything noticeable in temps dropping? I'm pretty sure it's minimal if any, but I have a thirst for knowledge...heh
If you mount the Zalman to blow air out the top Exhaust fan then your going to be pulling air off your video card and passing it over your cooler then out the computer.

The way it is mounted now you are pulling air out the top end (by the CDdrive) where there isn't much heat production and then shooting it out the back.

Like retro said either way is minimal change but if you wanted the logistics just look at which way your fans are pulling the air then decide which will provide better and cooler air flow.
    
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