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Old 21st July, 2008, 11:31 PM
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Thumbs up I got my new Zalman CNPS9700 Cooler now!

Yay, I got my Zalman CPNS9700 CPU cooler in my hands now & everything (Thank God) arrived in Perfect condition!!!
I got up at 3am so I'm really tired and I don't want to make any mistakes or screw anything up.
So I want to be the best I can be and fully awake before doing the installation...so I'll wait for a few hrs till I get started on it.
I'll let you guys know how it goes and the temp reduction results.
Btw, the reviews were absolutely correct, the Zalman CPNS9700 cooler is Very BIG!
I'll take some picks of it side by side with the other CPU cooler to show you the diff...
I'm pretty sure it's about 2/3 bigger though...

I'm pretty sure the top of the cooler will clear the side of my case but just barely...maybe a 1/8 of an inch or so to spare, so it will be close!
If not I'll have to do a bit of modding to the case or cooler to make it fit.
I don't want the side of the case open all the time for obvious safety reasons..
I'll be taking pictures as I go along and get back to you guys after I've had some much needed sleep. I only got 3 hrs of sleep lastnight and got up at 3am because of pain...
But YAY! I got it!!!
Now to unhook everything off the mobo and get started...after some much needed sleep of course.
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Old 22nd July, 2008, 12:54 PM
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Arrow Installation Done!

As all of you already know, it's a hassle installing any CPU cooler that requires a backplate but in this case I dodged the bullet!
I decided to check something out real quick before I started tearing my computer down to get the mobo out.
The first was to check inside clearances. I already did this measuring but now that I had the Zalman in hand & the other cooler out I could just set in on the CPU and see how things looked.
I had 1/8" to spare before it hit the side panel (hight) so that looked good and I had plenty of working space all the way around it.

Also luck would have it (God was smiling down on me) the backplate used by the other Asus cooler had Exactly the same machine thread as the Zalman backplate had!
This was a HUGE time saver not to mention not having to take the chance of damaging my mobo during the removal of the old backplate to put the new one in.
So I didn't have to take anything out at all to mount the cooler! Woot!
Because of this fortunate run of luck it only took me 5 mins to install it.

Not sure how much more of a drop in temps I'll get as the Arctic Silver 5 sets up but I wasn't "blown away" by the drop. I was kind of expecting a bit more. I got a 20F drop at load and at idle it is 98F down from 110 on the cores.
So for now I'm not even looking at 3.6Ghz as this would be too hot even with this cooler.
I'm pretty sure I did a good mount and applied the AS5 right, so I don't think there's any air pockets that are trapped.
But something to keep in mind is my ambient room temps are now 20F warmer because of summer...

Anyways, if you plug the fan directly into the CPU mobo header it runs full speed all the time at 2,683 RPM with no speed control, but if you use the fan controller it runs at these speeds.
Low: 1,140
High: 2384 ?

Wait, didn't it just a bit ago run at 2,683 RPM at full speed?
Seems the controller adds some resistance to the current even with it turned on full enough to lower it by 300 RPM.

Right now I'm only clocking it to 3.26GHz at default vcore as the thermal paste sets up...We'll see if it does any better later.
OK, nuff talk now pictures. Not the best in the world but good enough to see...
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Old 22nd July, 2008, 01:31 PM
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Most speed controllers will drop a little bit of power, so it's not unexpected that the thing doesn't run quite as fast at the top end.
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Old 22nd July, 2008, 10:32 PM
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Well since 3am this morning the temps have dropped another 15F!
I guess Arctic Silver 5 need a bit of time before it cures enough to have better heat transference qualities.
Never the less it's looking better all the time!
So yea, I'm now happy with it!

I don't think it's the potentiometer inside the controller that adds resistance to the voltage going to the cooler, but it still goes plenty fast enough to cool it down quick if need be.
I found a happy medium at 2200 RPM. It goes fast enough to keep in nice and cool, yet slow enough so it doesn't make a "whining" noise...
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Old 24th July, 2008, 05:25 AM
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Day 3 & Core Temps Looking Good!

This is after 3 days of cure time on the thermal paste and it's looking good so far!
This is with an ambient room temp of 75F @ 3.30Ghz...
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Nice temps, looks like it will do a good job in getting you a little more out of your OC.

I lost interest in OCing for a little while, but the bug is starting to come back. Plus I got a couple of new toys so I have to play a little..
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Nice temps, looks like it will do a good job in getting you a little more out of your OC.

I lost interest in OCing for a little while, but the bug is starting to come back. Plus I got a couple of new toys so I have to play a little..
Yea I read your post on the E7200 that you got. I'll also be interested with the OC results you get with this processor!

Anyways my core temps continue to drop further as the days go by. (This is day 4)...
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Old 25th July, 2008, 01:40 PM
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And some more temp drops still...

I wonder where this is going to stop?
It would be nice if it got down in the 80's but I doubt it...
Now on day 5 & cores at 93F.
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How well does she pull the hill will you load her up at 100% Muffin?
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Old 25th July, 2008, 07:31 PM
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How well does she pull the hill will you load her up at 100% Muffin?
At 99.97% Load it tops out at 55c/131F! @ 3.30Ghz so I'm happy with it so far...and its always a bonus that it looks way cool!
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way cool indeed! It looks like a power plant ":O}
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way cool indeed! It looks like a power plant ":O}
I installed the Fanmate speed controler for the Zalman but there was NO WAY I was mounting it like it showed in the instructions on the outside of the case with the double sided tape!!!
So I installed it in the inside on the front panel...
And here's another pic of the Cooler from another angle...
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Old 26th July, 2008, 12:47 PM
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I think that's about it for the thermal paste setup.
Suppose to be 8 days (200hrs) total and it's on day six.
But I've turn my comp off and on about 4-5 times a day and it cooled to room temps each time to speed things up.
Core Temp, just a tad more drop.

My High & Low temps stress testing with OCCT.
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As the ambient temps drop in the house, so do the temps in my computer.
I'm glad the summer is gone up here & fall has arrived.
When Winter comes this system's going to be running down right colded for air cooling!!!
These are cooler temps than it ran last year at stock speeds before my case cooling mods & Zalman was installed!
I noticed last Winter that my system runs a lot more stable when it's running cool rather than hot too.
So I think I just might be able to get some higher stable clocks with room temps at 60F! (Fingers & toes crossed)

Current running system temps while posting this.
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Summer makes Overclocking cowards of us all! ":O}
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You are putting us to shame there, Muff1n! Nice work! I hope you gave a nice tip to the two Teamsters that hauled that HSF into the house! Man, that's a biggen! What's next? Glue an anvil on to it?
Good work!
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Another thing that I did was just plug the fan directly into the mobo header so it's running at full speed at all times!
This keeps the temps down even under load with higher vcore & as you see now it's showing 1.33v. (It shows this in Everest too)

When I first got this Zalman, and ran it at full speed it whined worse than a bad set of brakes! (Really annoying!)
But now that it's been running a while all I hear is the sound of the air with NO WHINE from the fan motor at all!!! Very quite for 2600+ RPM!
So the end results are much cooler CPU temps!
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