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Zephyr CPU Heatsink Better than Falcon?

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I'm fixing a RROD'd 360 for a friend, doing the heatgun trick, using the replacement bolts on the motherboard. Now, I have a set of heatsinks from an older dead Zephyr 360, this one is a Falcon. I was looking at them and I'm wondering which would be better for cooling the CPU. One is a large copper block with a heatpipe to the top, while the other looks to just be a big chunk of alumnium or something.

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Both work just as well. I've tried both on xenons & falcons. I get the best temps when a shroud is made to increase airflow across the fins. That is the key. See my thread here for pictures and ideas.
Edited by ydna666 - 12/22/10 at 11:08am
post #3 of 6
The big chunk of aluminum is better. It has a greater surface area and even without the heatpipe, it still preforms better. When I fixed my RRoD xbox 360, I replaced the first generation heatsink with the second generation aluminum heatsink and I never look back.
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Yeah I agree. Every console I've fixed/upgraded has had the aluminium CPU heatsink installed, along with the new GPU heatsink with heatpipe. I find this combination works best with ducts. Tightening airflow through the console greatly improves cooling. Installing a fan onto the floating GPU heatsink will lower GPU temps further; even below the CPU. If you're really serious about temps, it's the way to go thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by ydna666;11740873 
Both work just as well. I've tried both on xenons & falcons. I get the best temps when a shroud is made to increase airflow across the fins. That is the key. See my thread here for pictures and ideas.

Very nice. I had done some simular things to an old Jasper I had back in the day. I had even wired the fan into the +12V for the DVD drive power and a switch to go from the motherboards output or the straight 12V current.
post #6 of 6
I have an elite (falcon) and it has the big aluminum heatsink. Stays cool to the touch while gaming. Of course the cpu heatsink gets a lot more airflow than the gpu does.
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