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Zalman 9900 LED - Q6600, how much can I push it ?

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Hello, so in the foreseeable future I am thinking of getting a Zalman 9900 LED, my question is if I can push my q6600 to 3.4 (or more ) or at least 3.3 ghz without it getting over 60 degrees.
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Trust me, don't go with that cooler. It isn't great nowadays. You can get the CM Hyper 212+, or for the price of the 9900, a TRUE.
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Its not a bad cooler just WAY overpriced. OP I can't tell you what your max OC would be. Everybody's results will differ, but 3.4Ghz should be completely doable just be sure to remove the shroud if you haven't unlike most reviews ive seen -_-
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Hmm you should fill the sig rig portion so we can help you better

yeah but thats not the best cooler for that price

I dont know what your price range is but the h70 has done me wonders
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post #5 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by hli53194 View Post
Trust me, don't go with that cooler. It isn't great nowadays. You can get the CM Hyper 212+, or for the price of the 9900, a TRUE.
100% agree.

And your not going to be able to figure out your limit until you boot up with the cooler and start playing around.

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post #6 of 11
I also vote for the Hyper212+. I have a friend using on on his Q9650 (stock clocks), with the stock fan, and a second fan running around 1100 rpm, and he his around 45C. His computer is almost entirely silent as well, so airflow is low (92mm intakes, 120mm exhausts), but he has no issues with CPU temps. He'd been using a Zalman 9700NT prior to that, and found it to be too loud, and a very poor performer compared to the Hyper.
Your overclocking will depend on several factors, particularly the motherboard, PSU, and CPU (assuming the RAM is not overclocked). It also takes time to overclock, due to testing. I go for at least 24 hours without error, and I've had errors just shy of that before, so plan on a week to get a solid, reliable OC (assuming you can).
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post #7 of 11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Captain318 View Post
be sure to remove the shroud
Care to eleborate by what you mean with that ?

Anyway thanks for the replies, I checked and my local shops do not seem to have the Hyper 212 plus in stock, but what are your opinions on the CM v8 ?
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post #8 of 11
To my knowledge, the V8 will beat the 9900 as well.

The post about the shroud: the Zalman 9900 comes with a whitish plastic shroud around the edge of the fins...supposedly to help with shipping since the fins are so thin. Some people leave it on (and it can be left on) to help direct airflow, but it hampers performance of the heatsink. Removing it helps.

Perhaps you can order the Hyper212+ online, and have shipped to you? I have to do this because there are no local shops that offer up performance computer parts of any kind. A few used to exist, but their prices were outrageous.
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post #9 of 11
I have a Q6700 and just replaced my Zalman 9900LED with a Thermalright Archon with dual TY-140 fans. Such an improvement in every way. Zalman's mounting system is a joke. On the 9900LED, you have to bend the damn heatsink out of the way to screw it in. Are you kidding? I probably got 3-5C drop after switching to the Archon. Atleast. I didn't really do any hard testing though. Also, the Archon with dual 140mm fans is quieter than the Zalman's single fan. Go figure.
    
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post #10 of 11
You could always try the CNPS9900MAX, which is their newer one. It's supposed to have comparable performance to the higher end air coolers. Some review sites said it like 1 or 2C behind the D14, but I was fairly sure that it was one of those not-so-legit sights. Even so, it's not a bad cooler. I have a Zalman at the moment as well, and I really do think that they do one thing really well. They have really nice finishes on the heatsink's plate thing (not sure what it's supposed to be called - fill me in).
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