Tuniq tower 120 vs zalman 9700

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  1. o2

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    Which ones is better? The stock heatsink runs too hot (see my other thread). :hs:
     
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    termalright xp120
     
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    Tuniq Tower on an E6600, oc'd to 3.2 and it idles at ambient temp, maybe a tick below. Usually at 21 deg C ambient, I don't get over 40 deg C when gaming.
     
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    What about noise/space? Im kinda limited in that department.
     
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    DaIceMan Jack Bauer > *.*

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    I have an Antec Nine Hundred, so the noise is already there. i do notice a slight increase in noise when I turn it from Medium to High, but it actually cools better on medium anyway.

    As for space, it's pretty damn big. I have about 1/4" between the top of the cooler and the side panel on my case.

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    not the greatest picture in the world... I just snapped a quick shot after I got it running. I'm going to tear it down soon to do some case mods and get the wire management done.

    edit: maybe closer to 1/2" between the cooler and the side panel.
     
  6. o2

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    Fuck, space is an issue for me. I got a med-size case, with 6 HDs and a massive 8800gtx, so I got like no room in there. I might have to get a full size tower for this...
     
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    i loves the 9700. plenty good, and looks great. i prefer it mostly because it looks better to me than pretty much anything else, but it also performs QUITE good. sure, there are better, but the zalman is plenty.
     
  8. o2

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    I dont really care for looks... its gonna be inside a case.

    Thanks
     
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    Tuniq ftw
     
  10. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    It's loud as fuck on high, but no air-cooling works better than the Tuniq.
     
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    Check out Anandtech's review of the Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme.
    http://www.anandtech.com/casecooling/showdoc.aspx?i=2943
    The Ultra 120 with a fan was pretty close to equal to the Tuniq, but the Extreme with a fan was better than the Tuniq.
    Problem is, I'm not sure that the Extreme is available yet and they had a problem with the attaching clip. So the Tuniq is probably the better bet at present.
     
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    If you have a narrower case, you may have issues with the ultra 120. I have an antec nine hundred case and have about a half inch of room between the top of the heatpipe and the door for the case, but with my system running at 45c under full load, I'm very happy.
     
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    I've owned the Tuniq and really disliked it. I now use a Noctua NH-U12 and love it. Ultra-120+ would be a better choice although it doesn't come with a fan, so it will be likely more money. I'd wouldn't buy the Zalman though :o
     
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    He should be fine as long as the case doesn't have a removable motherboard tray. I use a $30 cooler master case, and my NH-U12 fits which is almost the same size as the U-120.
     
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    Whats a good heat sink with a similar form factor as the original one that comes with the CPU? Something that wont force me to remove the mobo to get it installed.
     
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    have you considered the ninja scythe?

    I've installed it on my e6400, dropped the temps quite a bit, although I am not OC'ed usually, I did oc it to 3.4 @ 3.37 volts I think it was, under 100% load (sp2004, 2 running, 1 per core) got up to high 60's, but I was amazed at how fast it dropped when I killed the stress tests...must of went from 68 to like 40 in under 2 seconds...the cooler's doing it's job, the room was hot, and the fans are set to low, I just wanted to see if I can run it that high :coolugh:

    here's some pics on my setup, it's in a lian-li pc65...I took the mobo tray out, installed it, put the 120 fan on it...wouldn't slide it, JUST made it without the fan...you can see from the pics

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  17. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    The Tuniq Tower doesn't take up that much space width-wise because the 120mm fan fits in the middle of the fins, not on the side like some of the big coolers. As long as you have good height clearance, it would work.

    Here's a decent overview of one:

    http://www.overclockers.com/articles1283/
     
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    Will I need to remove the mobo to install Tuniq or Ninja scythe?
     

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