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post #21 of 205 (permalink) Old 12-17-2016, 08:50 AM
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Still use a TRUE copper 120 on the HTPC, just an unusual thing still have around. Have a NH-D14 on the main still that still has never had me really ponder trying a AIO out personally.

Space restrictions always seemed the main reason to go AIO myself, as has been mentioned.




Just thought I'd mention it as an odd thing, even epoxied a copper boss to it and have a guy wire system rigged up on it, weighs about 4 lbs biggrin.gif

I've stuck with the D14 as messing with something else would cost more than it would be worth more or less, and it still works well.
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Zalman CNPS20X beat's Noctua by a huge margin

https://www.kitguru.net/components/l...ctua-look-out/
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Zalman CNPS20X beat's Noctua by a huge margin

https://www.kitguru.net/components/l...ctua-look-out/

4 freaking years old thread with no relevance.


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Why ?

Because we now see a cpu cooler that beats the noctua, not by a few c but more than 5c, noctua isn't the king of air coolers any more.

Rip Noctua NH-D15

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Sorry, just because one review by some chrome domed talking head who doesn't give us details of test procedure so we know testing is even remotely accurate does't prove anything.

This early there few others that have tested this Zalman, but the one other test I found shows it 2c cooler than D15S which runs 2-3c hotter htan NH-D15. So basically we have another cooler with performance similar to other top tier air coolers. Considering most testing uses room air temp with "room temperature is between 20-23°" often taken at beginning and end of test session means a temp reading of 72c in 20c room would be 75c in 23c room. Also keep in mind they are not testing all coolers the same day .. meaning other variables are in play, like barometric temp, humidity, etc.
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https://www.tweakpc.de/hardware/test...nps20x/s03.php

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Quote: Originally Posted by gasolin View Post
Zalman CNPS20X beat's Noctua by a huge margin

https://www.kitguru.net/components/l...ctua-look-out/
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Why ?

Because we now see a cpu cooler that beats the noctua, not by a few c but more than 5c, noctua isn't the king of air coolers any more.

Rip Noctua NH-D15
And here - https://www.gamezoom.net/artikel/Zal...Review-44709-3 - it can't keep up with the D15 at like noise levels. Bravado statements based on a single review rarely work out well.....

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Quote: Originally Posted by ciarlatano View Post
And here - https://www.gamezoom.net/artikel/Zal...Review-44709-3 - it can't keep up with the D15 at like noise levels. Bravado statements based on a single review rarely work out well.....
Non of them uses a ryzen 3900x
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Non of them uses a ryzen 3900x
As long as heat is transfered from CPU chip through IHS into cooler base, what CPU it is makes no difference. Heat is heat.

Pay close attention to how testing is done. Does reviewer monitor and record air temp into cooler at same time as they do CPU temp? Because every degree change in air temp into cooler is same degree change in CPU temp at same load and fan speed. So if air temp into cooler is 20-23c in test room resulting temp of 75c in 20c room would be 78c in 23c room. That's 4c of difference because room temp is not constant.
This is why I often preach about reviews not monitoring and recording actual air temp entering cool air at same time they take CPU temps. While there are still plenty of variables in play, at least they could narrow down the results by at 3-4c unknown.

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Non of them uses a ryzen 3900x
Both reviews use a 3900X. You're grasping at straws. There is a thread about the Zalman 20X, your posts would seem to be better suited to that thread.....though no posters there seem high on it, either.

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There is so many variables when testing performance of coolers, especially when people these days trying to squeeze even 2-3 C out of them and call it "The Best"

Besides the speed of fans RPM and their Db, so far you hear that tests are done at certain ambient, but not only ambient is important, but the humidity level as well. If you have e.g. ambient of 25C and 20-30% humidity and then you do the testing with competitive cooler at the same ambient but against 30-40% of humidity, you will see higher temp with higher humidity, so I'm wonder if anyone even tried to get as close as possible in that respect and then compare the # I'm sure you will see a different readings.
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