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I've seen the CNPS 9500 mods...

http://www.overclock.net/air-cooling...-st3r0ids.html



... and that's totally cool, it's great that some have gotten even better airflow this way; but I think I want to be fine with the push fan that's in my CNPS 9700 right now...

...but to me, it seems empty on the "pull" side.

I just got one and it's going into a retro rig, a 939 setup with an Opteron 175 (hopefully nicely OCed with heat spreader removed) and an AGP HD 3850.

Now, due to this cooler having different mounting options, I'm a little puzzled as to what to do... if I mount it like most coolers, blowing air toward the case's rear exhaust fan, then I see the benefits being that it's sucking warm air from near the RAM, and also blowing all it can across the MOSFETs on the way out. ... but then there's the concept of laminar flow; heat traveling upwards, and I have to wonder if mounting it so it sucks from above the graphics card and blows up into and through the power supply would be better.

Any suggestions on that?

And furthermore, I have my primary rig set up with a KingWin XT-1264, a darn good direct-touch cooler which I have set up with a push-pull setup that works really good. ...My question is do you think the copper CNPS 9700 would also benefit from being set up this way? I was thinking about taking an 80mm that flows more air than the Zalman's 92mm and cutting the corners at angles so it fits in the concave end of the cooler.. I'd secure it somehow, but I have to wonder if it'd be worth it, as I know that Zalmans behave a bit differently than most coolers, and an all-copper design also has different thermal flow properties.

Thanks in advance.
Edited by ragejg - 3/1/11 at 8:26am
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