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Hi to all,

I have a P4 3.2 Northy and with the stock Intel fan it ran about 39degC idle and 64degC when running PCMark05. I went to a ThermalTake Spark 7+ with no better results but a lot more noise at 6,000rpms. I've been really disappointed with the Zalmon 7000Cu. Even at max fan rpm it cools to 35degC idle and 60degC running PCMark05. My room temps are between 22degC and 24degC. And in all cases Artic Silver 5 was applied to the heatsink and cpu as described by Artic Silver's web site. I even re-mounted the coolers several times in the attempt to lower the temps.
In the past with my P4 2.53 Northy I found that the Intel cooler was actually better than the TT Spark 7+ by 3-5degC overall. Also back when I ran an XP2000+ with the stock cooler, TT VolcanoII, TT Volcano 7 (aka Volcano 9) and then the best one I found was the SLK-800. The SLK 800 allowed the cpu to run at 10 or 11degC over room temps and that's the area where I want to run now.

Anyone with experience with the Thermalright XP-90 (Alum)?? I know most will suggest the XP-120 or Big Typhoon, but these heatsinks are too large for my case, not the motherboard. The V-1200 Lian Li case has a partition just below the motherboard/heatsink area where the psu resides. The Zalmon 7000Cu almost doesn't fit, so anything larger will not work.
Just reply back with your experiences on the XP-90 (Alum) and your temps with room temps included.

Thanks for your time, :)
 

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I am running a XP-90C..Which is the Copper version and it OWNS...I have a 92MM Fan pushing 102 CFM...I have hear that the only difference between the XP-90 and XP-90C is about 1 or 2 degrees C. I went for the XP-90C because I think it looks cooler also then the XP-90...But yes it is an excellent choice.

Room temp normal 72F
CPU Temp 38C Idle and 42C with a full load
 

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Ive used the xp-90 a couple times in my rig building days and its a good performer. I like it more than the zalmans cause you can pick your own fan speed plus the space saving is nice. Also kept my 3.2 northwood at 3.8 47 load
 

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I use XP-90 with the stock fan that came with it (a 90mm Thermalright fan).

2.4 @ 3.8 and keeping the Prescott core between high 50s and 60*C full load with the fan running 100%. Right now, with the ambient temp. around 21*C, it's 46~47*C idle with the fan only running at 75% of the full speed.

A very nice HSF, and I believe it has not much temp. difference between the all-copper XP-90C.
 

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Oh man, a lot of people say they wuold rather have different things, but I love my XP-90/92mm Tornado combo.

It totally owned my Venice at 1.7 volts whern I was suiciding, kept it at 34*c idle, 45*c full load.


There has been better stuff released, but the XP-90's/120's are great
 

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Originally Posted by Strider_2001

I am running a XP-90C..Which is the Copper version and it OWNS...I have a 92MM Fan pushing 102 CFM...I have hear that the only difference between the XP-90 and XP-90C is about 1 or 2 degrees C. I went for the XP-90C because I think it looks cooler also then the XP-90...But yes it is an excellent choice.

Room temp normal 72F
CPU Temp 38C Idle and 42C with a full load

Hi Strider,

Thanks for the feedback. I like the copper version as well, but Da** it's heavy. Needs the support from the back. I'm lazy and don't want to disassemble my computer to put it on. That's why I'm leaning towards the the alum version. I then can use the stock heatsink setup and change them at will because their so easy. Not like the old 462 Socket "A" - AMD XP family of heatsinks. I like your temps too!!

Thanks again, :)
 

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Originally Posted by steveo42024

Ive used the xp-90 a couple times in my rig building days and its a good performer. I like it more than the zalmans cause you can pick your own fan speed plus the space saving is nice. Also kept my 3.2 northwood at 3.8 47 load


Hi Steveo,

I am also disappointed with the Zalmon. It's quiet, but not much cooling for my rig. The Lian Li case keeps things within 1 or 2degC of ambient temps, so I know it's not the case. The higher temps I'm seeing keeps me from doing any real overclocking on the P4.

Thanks again for your input, :)
 

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Originally Posted by Zipnogg

I use XP-90 with the stock fan that came with it (a 90mm Thermalright fan).

2.4 @ 3.8 and keeping the Prescott core between high 50s and 60*C full load with the fan running 100%. Right now, with the ambient temp. around 21*C, it's 46~47*C idle with the fan only running at 75% of the full speed.

A very nice HSF, and I believe it has not much temp. difference between the all-copper XP-90C.

Hi Zipnogg,

I agree with the copper vs alum difference. Besides, ThermalRight coats the alum in nickel to help the heat transfer. THis is my first attempt at heat pipe technology, so based on yours and others opinions, I buy the XP-90!

Thanks again, :)
 

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Originally Posted by Krunk_Kracker

Oh man, a lot of people say they wuold rather have different things, but I love my XP-90/92mm Tornado combo.

It totally owned my Venice at 1.7 volts whern I was suiciding, kept it at 34*c idle, 45*c full load.


There has been better stuff released, but the XP-90's/120's are great


Hi Krunk Kracker,

Thanks for the input! Those are the temps I'm looking for... I think, based only on my experience, that ThermalRight seems to do a better job with their heatsink technology. ThermalTake heatsinks look good, but are noisey due to the 70mm fans they choose to use and with the 4 heatsinks of theirs I purchased, none really set itself apart from the rest. Perhaps the Tornado does, but I can't fit it in my case. I don't think the XP-120 would fit either. By the way. The Tornado is from Vantec, right?? That's the 119cfm, 56.4dbA beast, right?? I owned a 80mm Tornado on my SLK 800, man was it loud at speed. I didn't have to keep it there though to keep the temps low. I placed an external pot on it since it drew close to 1.0amp and 12V...

I think I'm going the start with an Enermax 92mm adjustable fan. I have a couple of them laying around from past mods and such. If that doesn't get my temps low enough, I'll go your route with the Tornado, but put a fan speed controller on it.

Thanks for your help, :)

BTW - Reps for all!!
 
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