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big typhoon or zalman for opteron 170 i want to spend like 49 , and typhoon fits it but what is better? thanks i appreciate it , hope my build is good
    
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The Big Typhoon should get you a little better temps, but not much.

Advantages of the Typhoon are:
It cools a little better.
It is quiter.
It is cheaper.

Advantages for the Zalman (9500):
Looks cool.
Smaller.

The 9500 cools well, but not quite as well as the Big Typhoon. It is quiet, but not as quiet as the Typhoon.

Really, the only reasons to get the 9500 Zalman is if you want something that looks cool, or is smaller.

Other than the above, I would go with the Big Typhoon. Everyone loves it.
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BigTyphoon, the Zalman CNPS9500 still needs base work, its a good heatsink but once temperatures go higher, it is hindered by its 92mm fan, had it been a bigger fan it would be beating the BigTyphoon right now but it dosent so go w/ the BT.
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I have Big Typhoon and love it and i think it looks cool.
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alright waiting on some more post an ill buy it
    
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I can almost guarentee that everyone will post to say how much they like the Big Typhoon. I'd say most of the air-cooled regulars here use the Big Typhoon as their heatsink.
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I have a BT, and it works great, and is more silent than all of my system fans. Keeps my temps pretty cool. My temps would be lower, but this one I bought used, and the block was a little scratched an a little bit worn, but nothing a little lapping couldn't fix. Also just as a warning, if you have a small case, well, in any case you will have a long time putting it in, not that it is hard to put in, but just takes a long time. Took me like half an hour to get mine in nicely. And just as a warning, make sure you screw it down REALLY tight.
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i will say teh zalmann 9500 is JUST AS GOOD as the TT BT. no not better...but SINCE it is a MUCH better hs (its PURE COPPER, whereas the BT is copper base and al fins) if you have fans near it then it will out perform teh 9500. and the scythe ninja is a good contender
    
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Originally Posted by amd_hardsoftware
i will say teh zalmann 9500 is JUST AS GOOD as the TT BT. no not better...but SINCE it is a MUCH better hs (its PURE COPPER, whereas the BT is copper base and al fins) if you have fans near it then it will out perform teh 9500. and the scythe ninja is a good contender
Material is irrelevant as the bt has more surface area to dissipate heat (enough to make it not being full copper a mute point) thus resulting in it being the better cooler.
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I'd say the Zalman is better, here is the reasons why...comming from rigorous honesty....

1) It's the only aftermarket heat-sink and fan i ever bought.
2) I told the guys at the shop i wanted the most expensive heat-sink/fan combo they had.
3) The looks really drew me in.
And the most important factor...
4) It's mine.

So, rigorous honesty may not have anything to do with the facts of why it is better or worse, but the point i think is made...kind of like chevy/ford owners, every one has there opinion, it's just what works for you, and that is factoring all kinds of info. (I wish the darn thing did have a bigger fan though)
 
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