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Deciding between Zalman 9700 and Tuniq Tower

Posted: Sun Mar 18, 2007 11:52 am
by Tdash
Hi all,

I was wondering what people thought of these 2 coolers. I'm also worried about fit with an Asus P5B Deluxe and an Antec P180 case. From what I've read, the Scythe ninja doesn't fit due to capacitors around the socket for instance. Thanks in advance for your help!

Posted: Sun Mar 18, 2007 12:20 pm
by tsoulier
two great coolers , i am running the 9700 myself , it shouldn't be a problem with that case. either one would work just fine.

Posted: Sun Mar 18, 2007 1:59 pm
by WhatAMaroon
If the ninja won't fit due to your board's layout, you may want to check the dimensions on the zalman. If I remember right, you need some area around the socket for that unit. Whereas the tuniq is more tall, rather than wide.

I think I heard something about production problems with the might be a little more difficult to find for a while. Too bad, since it reviews so well.

If both will fit with your board and case, I think you'd do well with either of these.

Posted: Sun Mar 18, 2007 2:22 pm
by reignofchaos
Its basically a toss up between the Tuniq Tower 120 and Thermalright Ultra-120. I'm running the latter on an E6600 @3.6 GHz with an 86cfm panaflo fan. Load temperatures vary between 58-59 in TAT. In most games, the temperatures stay well below 50. Idle temps are around 40-42 depending upon ambients. I chose the latter since the tuniq tower only accepts 25mm thickness fans which meant I couldn't put a trusty low noise, high airflow panaflo on it. The fan that comes with the Tuniq is very loud.

The Zalman 9700's performance is not in the same class. To reach a decent performance level, the zalman sounds like a jet engine. Anandtech reviewed all the heatsinks recently. You might wanna take a look at that.

Posted: Sun Mar 18, 2007 5:14 pm
by flip-mode ... spx?i=2943

<--- review of the Termalright Ultra-120 Extreme.

Posted: Sun Mar 18, 2007 6:09 pm
by Tdash
I'll take a look at the review. The thing I like about the Zalman is the rheostat, so you can undervolt the fan if it is too loud.
How loud is the Tuniq out of the box?

Is the Zalman 9700 really that bad? It seems to do really well in this roundup: ... rticID=519

Scroll to the end to see them ordered by noise level. Anyone have an Asus P5B who has had problems fitting either of these?

EDIT: Just read another review with more photos, and it looks like the Tuniq comes with a Rheostat as well. Sold...

Posted: Sun Mar 18, 2007 7:24 pm
by Flying Fox
The P5B has Q-Fan which can control fan speeds AFAICT. And the rheostat thing IMO is overrated. You can always make your own and/or use SpeedFan. It's nice but should probably not be a deal breaker.

Posted: Sun Mar 18, 2007 7:32 pm
by flip-mode
Huh, the 9700 does better than I thought there. It seems weird to test the sound levels from only 5cm away.

Don't let the fan controller weigh too much on your decision - the Zalman brand fan controller can be purchased separately for about $5+ship.

Posted: Sat Mar 24, 2007 9:34 pm
by Tdash
Hey guys,

Just a little update for those who want to know.

I bought all the components and built my system this weekend. I got an Antec P180B (P182!! It has the space behind the mobo) and the Tuniq Tower 120. Setting everything up was painful (working inside the P180 is awful), but everything seems to be up and running now in Vista Home Premium.

I got Core Temp to check out how the system is doing, and have measured temps at idle and at load running two instances of Orthos Prime:
Idle - 28 C
Load - 43 C

What do you guys think? I might try to bring her up to 3 GHz in a few weeks after things get settled in. :P

Thanks again for the help