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We installed the Zalman zm80d-hp today. It wasn't really too bad to install.

First off.....removing the stock cooler on the XFX 6600gt is a breeze. Simple pinching the ends of the pins on the back side of the board cause them to pop out and the cooler fell off. There was some white thermal paste that had not solidified so it was easy to remove.

The zm80d-hp did come with 3 tiny tubes of silicone paste and I will admit there are a lot of parts. But if you read the manual it tells you every step in perfect detail.

The only thing that I did different was I used Arctic Silver 5 on the gpu. I used their paste everywhere else it was called for. The total install probably took about 30 minutes.

Temps before with the stock cooler and noisey fan were 42-43c idle. And 55c during PCmark6 testing. Temps with the Zalman fanless cooler 36-37c idle and 50c during pcmark6. All the while overclocked for 2D and 3D at 565MHZ GPU and 1.13 GHZ memory. And the best part is it totally SILENT!!

Oh yeah......those two heatpipes are gold-plated. Gosh they look cool.

This one gets my vote.

P.S. for those of you with space worries. I have a northbridge heatsink that is 40mm tall and it is only 6mm away from the PCIE slot. This cooler fits perfectly.
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