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I agree. At lower noise levels, the Zalman either matches or tops the Thermalright. In the end, it will be a little cheaper as well. In terms of convenience and everyday useability, the Zalman wins IMHO.mattspalace said:Frankly I think the SP-94 is overrated.. It does a good job cooling, but you need a high rpm (lot of noise) fan to really achieve the cooling levels most people are talking about. It is a pain to mount - while it isn't the hardest thing in the world, it is certainly more difficult to mount than other HSF's. The thing I HATED about the heatsink is that the mounting holes line up into 'slots' and when you remove the heatsink, to install a new CPU, you'll likely pull the old CPU right out of the socket. I did that several times - basically there is ZERO room to try and work the heatsink free from the thermal compound. My Zalman CPNS-7000A-Cu cools just as well as the Thermalright and is a helluva lot quieter, easier to mount and remove, and doesn't require you to remove the stock intel mounting bracket.
mattspalace said:How does the Hyper 6 mount? Does it require you to remove the stock intel bracket? Hard to tell from the pictures..
LabRat23 said:I have a Zalman CNPS7000A-AlCu myself. I should have gone for the all copper version. If you get one, you might want to try this mod. Most of the air excapes out of the sides without going through the vanes. Zalman didn't much care because it was not designed to be a high airflow heatsink. However, if you block the two gaps in the sides with aluminum foil, you have dropped your load temps by 1 - 2C for free. Duct in its own independant air supply and you have dropped load temps by about 5C more. Force feed the thing with a 120mm fan and you can sacrifice its silence for another few degrees. This all made a difference of 20C over stock air for me.
batboy said:I have a Thermalright SLK-947U which is cheaper than the SP-94 and cools almost as good.
It has two ways to mount. 1) Super easy clips that use the stock bracket (this is what I use) or 2) a mounting bracket with a back plate like the SP-94 uses that requires removing the stock bracket and taking the mobo out to install.
The SLK-947U will allow the use of 60mm, 80mm, or 92mm fans in either the thin or thick versions.
I haven't tried the Zalman or Hyper6, although I've heard good things about them.