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Old 5th July, 2003, 06:23 PM
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CPU Cooler

I know this thread shouldn't be in this section but I wanted your opinion as its regarding my 8rda3+.

Anyhow, I am going to get better cooling on my CPU and can't decide which direction to go in;

a) Thermalright SLK900u + Fan

b) Thermaltake Subzero4g TEC

I read the SLK would give roughly 2 degrees better cooling with a Tornado fan, the Subzero on the other hand would be very quiet.

I am tempted towards (b) unless a quiet but effiecient fan can be recommend that will beat the (a) option into submission.

I take it both options will blow my Vantec Aeroflow out of the water....

I leave it with you!

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Old 5th July, 2003, 08:03 PM
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I would go with option "a" as you can put a lower RPM fan on it for silence (or an adjustable speed fan) and still have better cooling capacity with the Thermalright. I have the Vantec Tornado on my SLK-800 and it works great. I have a potentiometer for it I just have not installed it yet...but that would be my recommendation: get the SLK-900 and the Tornado with a potentiometer so you can adjust the speed to your comfort while still maintaining adequate cooling for you CPU. If you should decide to OC, just crank up the speed and go.
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Old 5th July, 2003, 08:17 PM
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if you gonna go for the TEC you may as well set up a cheapish watercooler for better results at the same price.
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Old 5th July, 2003, 09:15 PM
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Also make sure that the SLK900 fits on the mobo(i dont think it does)
Especially if you have a NB cooler like the Zulman cause the south end of the HS touches the uper corner of the Nb cooler and this with the 800,so you can imagine what the 900 does thats 1cm longer.

The 800 is basicly the same thing and with my 800U i have some great temps with a noname 80mm fan @ 3100 rpm

@ 2.0v : idle 41c load 44-46c
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Old 6th July, 2003, 01:22 AM
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The SLK900 & fan will fit the 8rda3+ fine, I have it, but it will hang over the NB so any MAJOR cooling will not fit. However, the Vantec Iceberg fits nicely under it. I have an XP1800 running at 210x11=2320 at 48oC (bare in mind the 8rda3+ reads about 8 to 10oc higher than the 8rda+) no problems. I also recommend cooling the SB.

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Old 6th July, 2003, 06:55 AM
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The SLK 900 fits the 8RDA+ , I agree it is a tight fit with the Vantek Iceberq. But you can put some serious mods on the Northbridge. I made this heatsink / fan last week.
Added mods to my mods
If you read that post you'll see that you can use a quiet 92mm fan (mine was from a Zalman flower that I replaced with the SLK 900). Spend the extra couple of dollars and get the 900.
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Old 6th July, 2003, 08:35 AM
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Cooling

First, thanks for all your replies - a lot of support for the SLK!

A few questions;

1) Is there anyone out there running TEC so I can get some idea about it
(otherwise I will have a biased view based on all the people owning SLK900u replying to thread)

2) Blackmyst - did you purchase SLK900u from www.overclockers.uk? This is the only UK website where I can find availablilty

3) timbob2469 - thanks for link.
a) I made mosfet heatsinks myself for my 8rda+ (R.I.P.).
I never got to see benefits as my VDD mod was unsuccessul - too high wattage soldering iron
b) Why did you remove the Vantec Iceberg? I have one also (not fitted) Did your home made really make a difference? Did you move Vantec to S'Bridge?

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Old 6th July, 2003, 10:14 AM
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Thats the place! I couldn't find it anywhere else in the UK!

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EPOX 8RDA3+ rev1.1, 3526 bios, vantec iceberg (nb), zalman gold (sb), heatsinks/fan (mosfets)
XP1800+ slk900 w/92mm vantec tornado, 11 x 215mhz, 1.85v
TWINMOS PC3200 ch-5 winbond, 2x256mb, dc-sync, 8,3,3,2.0, 2.63v
RADEON 9800 PRO 128mb, 380/680
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Old 6th July, 2003, 03:34 PM
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For fans, I recommend the Thermaltake Smart Fan 2. It is an excellent choice running Thermalright HS.

At 3000 RPM, it pushes more air than most 3000rpm fans because of its design, you can also manually adjust the fan up to 5000rpm.... loud but effective.
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Old 6th July, 2003, 04:03 PM
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Tell me about it! I have 5, yes five, Smart Fan 2's in my case. If noise, headaches and bleeding ears aren't a problem, I highly recommend a Vantec Tornado on top of the SLK-900. It keeps my XP1800 at 215x11.5 @ 1.9v @ 50oC under stress (prime) with all my fans maxed out, and on the slowest settings for everything, the loaded temp is only 60oC!

And if you're thinking those temps are high, just remember that the 8rda3+ reads the temp with a plastic probe in the CPU socket (I recommend trying to get it as tight to the back of the CPU as you can), resulting in a much more accurate reading (about 5-10oC higher than the 8rda+ IMHO).

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Old 6th July, 2003, 04:57 PM
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Yup, I don't bother using them as case fans, but I've got about 8 in the house. ... Directron sells them pretty cheap. $9.50... so I get them, whenever I have an excuse. They are probably the best fans for heatsinks overall, definitely the most versatile. I run them quiet in my kids rooms... and my main rig is running at 4200rpm... Strange thing is it's not that loud, but plenty effective at that speed.
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I have the Akasa AK824cu (it can come with green or blue light I think).
Running my XP1800+ @ 11*190 (XP2600+ speed), and with the sun beating into my lounge, I only reach 48 C under load!!
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Old 9th July, 2003, 10:58 PM
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If I go with a SLK900u I really don't want a noisy fan!
My Vantec Aeroflow is @ 33 DB-a for 29 CFM - nice 'quiet' level.

What do you think of the following fans?

1st choice:
YS-Tech FD9325 92mm
Speed - 2400RPM
Output - 50.0CFM
Decibels - 31.9dBA
Dimensions - 92x92x25

2nd choice:
Panaflo 92mm High Volume Non Tailed
Size: 92mm x 92mm x 25.5mm
Power Consumption: 2.70W
Air Volume: 56.8 CFM
Noise (in Decibles): 35 dBA
Bare Wire Lead

3rd choice: !!!
Thermaltake SubZero4G TEC for AMD - check out the P4 review here:
http://www.overclockercafe.com/Revie...G_P4/pg_5.html

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Geeza, I didn't put the iceberq on the SB , I didn't even consider it until you mentioned it, I'll probably try that if I get instability. My homemade jobbie works great. There are some user reviews of the subzero 4g here:
http://www.earthv.com/articles.asp?ArticleID=1256
Pretty interesting how a lot of them say the same thing, basically not worth it considering you can get better results and cheaper with slk 800-900. Like most new products they'll work the bugs out.
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Old 10th July, 2003, 06:07 AM
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Running an SLK900U with a Enermax variable speed 80mm fan @3200rpm. It's very quiet. My temps are system 39*C, CPU 41*C. It goes up to about 45-46 under load.

Pretty good IMO. I need to get a 92mm fan...
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I have run a TEC. In my experience they are too difficult to setup, maintain, and if your pelt PSU is unreliable (like mine), then its just not worth it. I would shudder to think what temperatures my pelt would give the water on a day like today. I had 40'c water at times but also 11'c water since it was winter and my rad is placed externally (wrt to the house)! IIRC my best and worst CPU temps were 0.5'C & 13'c. Unfortunately I was running a palmino.
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