Originally Posted by ENTERPRISE1701
Sweet i was thinking about the zalman 9500 myself but i wasnt really willing to spend £40 on a cooler right now.
You asked early in this thread about the Zalman 9500 vs the Vaporchill vs the XP-90 that Highly Annoyed offered you. I think you've settled on the Vaporchill, but I wanted to add my experience with the XP-90. I had a Zalman 7000Cu on my P4 3.2 Northwood 478 socket. I was not that happy with it. It was heavy, big and cooling was not what I thought it should be. Most cpu temps were 32degC idle and upwards of 58degC loaded with PCMark05 or 3DMark05. With the XP-90 under the same loads, it runs 3degC cooler at idle and just breaks 51degC under load. I overclock the P4 by running the fsb to 220 when gaming. This gives a mulitplied overclock of 3.520. The above temps are with the fsb at 210. I run the 210 fsb all of the time, especially when just listening to music and reading stuff here. :-)
Since cooling results can be very objective, I find the difference between my cpu temps and room temps make a big difference. Large enough in fact that during the winter I overclock, during the summer I don't. What I've found so far with the XP-90 Alum version is a 3degC drop from the Zalman 7000Cu. The room temps are virtually the same 19.5degC for the Zalman and 20degC for the XP-90. The case temps in my Lian Li do not move more than 2degC. My actual baseline for the performance of a cooler is not what the cpu temps are, but the difference between the cpu temps and room temps. I like about a 10-12degC difference. My old SLK800 was able to achieve this with the hot running XP2000+ AMD cpu. The Zalman never got me below a 15degC difference on the P4, but the XP-90 does easily.
The XP-90 weighs less by over 300grams and certainly cost less. As for fans, I used the Zalman fan on their cooler and because I had an older style Enermax 92mm adjustable fan laying around I used that one on the XP-90. The Emermax fan produces over 50cfm on high (2500rpm) with about 32dbA. Not too bad in my opinion. On low, I have to check the case window to make sure it's turning.
My experience with Thermalright vs other manufacturers is that they get it right. From their old SK-6 to the SLK 800 and beyond, their coolers offer great results. I'm very happy with my XP-90. The Vapochill looks very interesting and the engineering behind it looks sound as well. Post back and let us know what you find out.
Thanks for the thread and listening, :-)