Zalman or Cooler Master?

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Zalman or Cooler Master?

Postposted on Wed Apr 06, 2011 1:40 am

I'm looking to overclock my AMD Phenom II X4 955

which of these heatsinks would work the best?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6835103065

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6835118046

OR

are do yall have any other recommendations for me?

I'm also using this mobo fyi:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6813131646
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Re: Zalman or Cooler Master?

Postposted on Wed Apr 06, 2011 2:26 am

Hyper 212+ has shown to be a highly effective low-cost cooler. If you are going strictly for cooling this will get the job done well. Although personally I like the look of other coolers more.
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Re: Zalman or Cooler Master?

Postposted on Wed Apr 06, 2011 6:05 am

BloodSoul wrote:Hyper 212+ has shown to be a highly effective low-cost cooler. If you are going strictly for cooling this will get the job done well. Although personally I like the look of other coolers more.


It's definitely the most recommended cooler around here, and it's very hard to make a business case against, particularly if it's going into a case without a window where aesthetics should have no bearing (don't ask just how horrible the aesthetic matching is inside my P180...).
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Re: Zalman or Cooler Master?

Postposted on Wed Apr 06, 2011 6:48 am

I have the Hyper 212+ on my i7 920. From the stock cooler hitting 60-93C at stock clocks to 44-63C AFTER OC'ing it to 3.5GHz, without adding a second fan (you can add a second one), I've got to recommend it.
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Re: Zalman or Cooler Master?

Postposted on Wed Apr 06, 2011 7:01 am

While Zalmans look nice and work well, what are you going to do if you want (or need) to replace the fan on it? I vastly prefer HSFs that can accept standard form-factor fans.
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Re: Zalman or Cooler Master?

Postposted on Wed Apr 06, 2011 11:27 am

just brew it! wrote: I vastly prefer HSFs that can accept standard form-factor fans.


You and me both JBI.

Also, the 212+ has great mounting options and is THE bargain HSF of choice, if you case has the room for it.
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Re: Zalman or Cooler Master?

Postposted on Wed Apr 06, 2011 12:16 pm

I have this cooler on my 955BE

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6835608014

although I got it on sale for 50 bucks and I have 1 scythe 800rpm s-flex fan on the cooler.

Dead silent and dead cool.
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Re: Zalman or Cooler Master?

Postposted on Thu Apr 07, 2011 5:10 pm

I think Zalman is horribly overrated. It's been a while but I had a CNPS 9500A, which was incredibly loud at moderate settings. I've never had a Zalman since then. OTOH, the Cooler Master is a pretty nice tower design, which is proven over and over again, and can take standard 120mm fans. That's what I'd go with now, hands down.

edit: Noctuas like the link in the post above me are widely regarded as being FREAKIN AWESOME and super quiet. Not sure I could convince myself to spend $80 on a heatsink, though.
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Re: Zalman or Cooler Master?

Postposted on Thu Apr 07, 2011 5:17 pm

Zalman's been on a pretty long streak of underwhelming products. Back in the Athlon 64 days they were a great option, especially for silence but that hasn't really been the case for some time. The Cooler Master Hyper 212+ is a great heatsink. I've purchased two for myself. Many of the heatsinks in that price range are very close in design and functionality. There's really not a ton to be gained going higher end on cooling in my opinion. The tower design has been nearly perfected, the fan you use matters more for silence than anything these days.
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Re: Zalman or Cooler Master?

Postposted on Thu Apr 07, 2011 5:35 pm

derFunkenstein wrote:Noctuas like the link in the post above me are widely regarded as being FREAKIN AWESOME and super quiet. Not sure I could convince myself to spend $80 on a heatsink, though.

You and me both. Heck, some of my CPUs cost less than that, and I don't think I've ever spent more than around $40 for a heatsink! :lol:
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Re: Zalman or Cooler Master?

Postposted on Thu Apr 07, 2011 5:43 pm

Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme and a Scythe S-Flex SFF21F 120mm fan. A gentle hum/swish under the table/desk and life is good.
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