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Thread: Zalman vs Thermaltake




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    I have a new computer with AMD 2200+ in it. Currently i have Thermaltake Volcano 9 on processor. It runs at average 5600rpms. IT IS VERY LARGE AND ANOYING! cpu temperature is 47C which is quite good don't you think?

    but, a lot of people told me to get Zalman 6500AlCu, because it is very silent and also good.

    so,... i know they are good but how good? My current cpu temp with Volcano 9 is 47C.


    WHAT TEMP WILL I GET WITH ZALMAN? 60C? more, less?

    thanks,

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    I have a brand new AMD 2200+ with a Volcano 7+ set on low. The hottest I have seen it is 43C after a couple hours of Dark Age of Camelot, usually it is at 39C though. The Volcano 7+ doesn't seem any louder than my old DELL computer.
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    Yes the 7+ would be better than either but the Volcano 9 is the better cooler of the two. Yes Zalman's are quiet (well sorta depends if ya use their fan or not) but they're about as good as the stock AMD cooler (maybe). Be happy with what you have now or go forwards to something better (Volcano 7+ minimum) but don't go backwards. : peace2:
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    i thought higher number means better cooler :'(

    so, volcano 7+ is better then volcano 9?

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    Yes the 7+ is better because it's all copper (approx. 3-5c in most cases) and the fan on it at full speed is much quieter than the 9 (though only medium fan speed is required on the 7+). ;)

    Yes the number was badly thought out as really the 9 should have been a Volcano 7 MkII as other than the SMART FAN II upgrade, new clip and color it's still the same heatsink. :(
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    so, what do you suggest?

    volcano 7 or 6? are they better and quieter than model 9?

    thanks

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    I'd personally suggest the Volcano 7+ and in fact I won't use anything less now for an Athlon system. Both Thunder and PC No.2 in my sig use the 7+ and mainly on medium fan speed (fairly quiet to me) but at night they get turned down to low (quiet in my books) with temps stayin' below 20c above room temp under full load (they both run Seti 24/7 even while games are bein' played, or benchtests in Thunder's case atm with current room temp of 19c and both at 39c with Thunder not even bein' in it's case yet). Only on extremely hot days (high 30c's and into the 40c's) is high speed used and that's as loud as I'd want a fan to be. :devil win
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    Through the course of my testing of heatsinks, I have found that as a general rule, the Zalman coolers do not perform as well as most others on the market. I have seen other sites that tout the greatness of these coolers, but in my test system (which always consists of a full tower case and ample airflow), the Zalman units don't do well.

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    Zalmans are also marketed as a quite alternative where Thermatake goes for preformance, so that pretty much spells out the situation to me.
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