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Hi guys, I'm in the market for an XP-120 to OC my 3000+ venice as well as to cool my OCZ VX Gold ram. My question is, would this be enough to keep my ram cool at higher voltage :confused: (I haven't attempted to OC anything yet, waiting for the HS). I prefer the XP-120 if it can cool both my proc and ram. But if it won't do much, I'll get an XP-90.

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welcome to the forum.

I love my XP-120 and it does a great job of cooling the RAM slots closest to the CPU as well as the surrounding area.

 

But if you are talking about running the RAM at 3.4volts and up the answer is NO!

I highly recommend additional fan cooling and if using the 4V jumper setting make sure you have some air blowing on the Vdimm MOSFET in the upper right hand corner. The XP-90 is a much better buy at half the price but you will pick up an additional 2-3 degrees cooling with the XP-120.

 

Best of luck with your overclocks and it's always nice to see that a new member read the forum rules and put a signature together before posting. Nice work!

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Thanks for the reply soundx98. I think i will go with the XP-120 since I want a silent pc and extra ram cooling :cool: . If I need more cooling, i can easily mod a fan over the ram.

 

edited: I am looking at the Panaflo 120mm FBA12G12U for the XP-120 and it said that its only 2 pins (you can buy a 3 pin tail). What's the difference between two and three pins :confused: and can the panaflo fan be controlled by the mobo? (e.g, lower the fan speed when the proc is cool, and maxing it out when the proc is hot). If I were to live with the panaflo, how loud would it be? (compared to the NB fan?). Thanks

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The ThermalRight XP-90C is the 100% copper version of the XP-90. I own it and it keeps my FX-57 below 40 degrees C at load! I've read several reviews of the XP-90C vs the XP-120 and the XP-90. In every case the XP-90C won by a margin of 1 to 8 degrees C. Both the XP-120 and the XP-90 are primarily composed of aluminum. Copper is known to have 2 1/2 to 3 times the heat conductivity of aluminum and has 300 times the tensile strength. You can learn more about copper by clicking here and at Tom's Hardware Guide.

 

 

COPPER FACTS
(versus aluminum)

 

  • Far Superior Thermal Conductivity

 

  • Lower Coefficient of Expansion

 

  • Much Greater Tensile Strength

 

  • Higher Melting Point

 

  • Better Conservative Temperature Rise

 

The 92mm, Vantec Tornado case fan has the highest CFM (Cubic Feet per Minute) of any case fan out there. At 119 cfm, it literally "blows-away" the competition, that ranges between 20 and 80 cfm.

 

Couple those two components together with Arctic Silver 5 thermal compound and you'll not only have a killer "air-cooling" setup, you'll have the BEST!

 

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

:cool:

DRACULA

• MoBo
= DFI LANPARTY nF4 SLI-DR

• CPU
= FX-57 (90nm
process, San Diego core
) [ADAFX57BNBOX]

• Memory
= 1GB of OCZ Technology (1T
Mode
), EL DDR PC-4800 Dual Channel Platinum Elite Edition (
hand-picked,
100%
TCCD
chips
), Qt.2 [OCZ6001024EEPE-K]

• Hard Drives
=
a)
74GB WD Raptor, Qt.4 [WD740GD]
B)
500GB Hitachi Deskstar 7K500 SATA II, Qt.4 [0A31619] *** Total SATA Storage:
2.296
Terabytes
***

• BIOS
= 702-2 with Change-Log Update

• OS
= Windows XP Pro SP2
and
Windows XP Pro x64-bit

• Video Card
(
single card,
non
-
SLI Mode
) = BFG GeForce 6800 Ultra OC™ PCIe 512MB GDDR3/TV-Out/Dual-DVI (
Retail Box
) [bFGR68512UOCX]

• Video Driver
(
nVIDIA
) = ForceWare v77.77 (
non
-Beta
)

• Monitor
= ViewSonic VP191
b
(
new
8ms
revision
)

• Optical Drives
= ASUS DRW-1608p, Qt.2 [DRW1608P]

• Case
= Aspire X-Navigator, mid-Tower [ATXA8NW-BK]

• Cooling
(
air only
) =
a)
Thermalright XP-90C Heat-Sink
B)
92mm Vantec Tornado (119
CFM
- 4800
RPM
's - 56.4
dBA
) CPU Fan [TD9238H]
c)
Arctic Silver 5 compound

• PSU
= Thermaltake,
680
Watts
, SLI-ready [W0049]

• Audio
= Creative Labs, GigaWorks S750 (
700
Watts
,
7.1
Channel
Speaker System – Retail
) [51MF7010AA000]

"Feel however you want. Your opinion still has all the appeal of warm, flat beer."

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Thanks Soundx98! You're right about copper being heavier than aluminum, but noisier? I've never heard of that in regards to copper before. Where did you get that info?

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:cool:

DRACULA

• MoBo
= DFI LANPARTY nF4 SLI-DR

• CPU
= FX-57 (90nm
process, San Diego core
) [ADAFX57BNBOX]

• Memory
= 1GB of OCZ Technology (1T
Mode
), EL DDR PC-4800 Dual Channel Platinum Elite Edition (
hand-picked,
100%
TCCD
chips
), Qt.2 [OCZ6001024EEPE-K]

• Hard Drives
=
a)
74GB WD Raptor, Qt.4 [WD740GD]
B)
500GB Hitachi Deskstar 7K500 SATA II, Qt.4 [0A31619] *** Total SATA Storage:
2.296
Terabytes
***

• BIOS
= 702-2 with Change-Log Update

• OS
= Windows XP Pro SP2
and
Windows XP Pro x64-bit

• Video Card
(
single card,
non
-
SLI Mode
) = BFG GeForce 6800 Ultra OC™ PCIe 512MB GDDR3/TV-Out/Dual-DVI (
Retail Box
) [bFGR68512UOCX]

• Video Driver
(
nVIDIA
) = ForceWare v77.77 (
non
-Beta
)

• Monitor
= ViewSonic VP191
b
(
new
8ms
revision
)

• Optical Drives
= ASUS DRW-1608p, Qt.2 [DRW1608P]

• Case
= Aspire X-Navigator, mid-Tower [ATXA8NW-BK]

• Cooling
(
air only
) =
a)
Thermalright XP-90C Heat-Sink
B)
92mm Vantec Tornado (119
CFM
- 4800
RPM
's - 56.4
dBA
) CPU Fan [TD9238H]
c)
Arctic Silver 5 compound

• PSU
= Thermaltake,
680
Watts
, SLI-ready [W0049]

• Audio
= Creative Labs, GigaWorks S750 (
700
Watts
,
7.1
Channel
Speaker System – Retail
) [51MF7010AA000]

"Feel however you want. Your opinion still has all the appeal of warm, flat beer."

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The 92mm, Vantec Tornado case fan has the highest CFM (Cubic Feet per Minute) of any case fan out there. At 119 cfm, it literally "blows-away" the competition, that ranges between 20 and 80 cfm.

 

HeHeHe - from you bro.

 

aznrice from beantown be lookin for a silent PC.

He was askin if the XP-120 would be enough cooling for da high voltage RAM.

 

nice lookin rig in da sig. Post some pics in the Official case pic thread for us.

I'm interested as hale in it. 2.3 terrabytes. w00tala!

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@dracula thanks for the reply man. I've read about the xp-90c and considered it as an option, but like soundx98 mentioned, I want a silent pc while having the ram cooling option. I think I will go with the panaflo 120 mm. Thanks for all your help.

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...but I want a silent pc while having the ram cooling option. Thanks for all your help.

You're welcome! Actually, the XP-90C looks like a crazy radiator on a souped-up race car. Just like what Soundx98 said, it overhangs directly above DIMM slots 3 and 4, for the specific purpose of helping to cool the RAM also. It interferes with your ability to access your RAM a little, but not too much. You're right though, you can easily perch a separate fan on top of the RAM, but that would add to the dBA noise levels, more so than the setup Soundx98 and I proposed. The Panaflo FBA12G12U at 120mm diameter, 114.7 cfm and 45.5 dBA comes colser to the Vantec Tornado, in performance, than any other case fan. It beats the Tornado in size and lower dBA's, but it doen't quite catch it in cfm's; almost though. I'm sure whatever you do in the end will be spot-on.

 

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

:cool:

DRACULA

• MoBo
= DFI LANPARTY nF4 SLI-DR

• CPU
= FX-57 (90nm
process, San Diego core
) [ADAFX57BNBOX]

• Memory
= 1GB of OCZ Technology (1T
Mode
), EL DDR PC-4800 Dual Channel Platinum Elite Edition (
hand-picked,
100%
TCCD
chips
), Qt.2 [OCZ6001024EEPE-K]

• Hard Drives
=
a)
74GB WD Raptor, Qt.4 [WD740GD]
B)
500GB Hitachi Deskstar 7K500 SATA II, Qt.4 [0A31619] *** Total SATA Storage:
2.296
Terabytes
***

• BIOS
= 702-2 with Change-Log Update

• OS
= Windows XP Pro SP2
and
Windows XP Pro x64-bit

• Video Card
(
single card,
non
-
SLI Mode
) = BFG GeForce 6800 Ultra OC™ PCIe 512MB GDDR3/TV-Out/Dual-DVI (
Retail Box
) [bFGR68512UOCX]

• Video Driver
(
nVIDIA
) = ForceWare v77.77 (
non
-Beta
)

• Monitor
= ViewSonic VP191
b
(
new
8ms
revision
)

• Optical Drives
= ASUS DRW-1608p, Qt.2 [DRW1608P]

• Case
= Aspire X-Navigator, mid-Tower [ATXA8NW-BK]

• Cooling
(
air only
) =
a)
Thermalright XP-90C Heat-Sink
B)
92mm Vantec Tornado (119
CFM
- 4800
RPM
's - 56.4
dBA
) CPU Fan [TD9238H]
c)
Arctic Silver 5 compound

• PSU
= Thermaltake,
680
Watts
, SLI-ready [W0049]

• Audio
= Creative Labs, GigaWorks S750 (
700
Watts
,
7.1
Channel
Speaker System – Retail
) [51MF7010AA000]

"Feel however you want. Your opinion still has all the appeal of warm, flat beer."

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I have used both the XP-120 and XP-90C and for silent cooling the XP-90C wins hands down.

 

I am obsessed with both low noise and overclocking and the XP-120 was my first real attempt at breaking away from watercooling. Needless to say it didn't last as I was disappointed in the performance. The fan had to spin at a pretty good RPM which creates noise, sure it is good for secondary cooling but still more noise than I wanted even with a Panaflo L1A.

 

The XP-90C is what I currently use and have been for quite some time. I use it with a Panaflo M1A at 7V and it is inaudible but cools very well. It does offer some secondary cooling to the bottom ram slots and some help with power fets. I am very impressed with this cooler for quiet operation. Using this cooler, if I needed additional cooling for the memory then I would suspend an 80mm fan at 7V which would be inaudible.

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I have used both the XP-120 and XP-90C and for silent cooling the XP-90C wins hands down.

 

I am obsessed with both low noise and overclocking and the XP-120 was my first real attempt at breaking away from watercooling...

Why are you trying to break-away from watercooling?

 

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

:cool:

DRACULA

• MoBo
= DFI LANPARTY nF4 SLI-DR

• CPU
= FX-57 (90nm
process, San Diego core
) [ADAFX57BNBOX]

• Memory
= 1GB of OCZ Technology (1T
Mode
), EL DDR PC-4800 Dual Channel Platinum Elite Edition (
hand-picked,
100%
TCCD
chips
), Qt.2 [OCZ6001024EEPE-K]

• Hard Drives
=
a)
74GB WD Raptor , Qt.4 [WD740GD]
B)
500GB Hitachi Deskstar 7K500 SATA II , Qt.4 [0A31619] *** Overall Total Storage:
2.296
Terabytes
***

• BIOS
= 702-2 with Change-Log Update

• OS
= Windows XP Pro SP2
and
Windows XP Pro x64-bit

• Video Card
(
single card,
non
-
SLI Mode
) = BFG GeForce 6800 Ultra OC™ PCIe 512MB GDDR3/TV-Out/Dual-DVI (
Retail Box
) [bFGR68512UOCX]

• Video Driver
(
nVIDIA
) = ForceWare v77.77 (
non
-Beta
)

• Monitor
= ViewSonic VP191
b
(
new
8ms
revision
)

• Optical Drives
= ASUS DRW-1608p, Qt.2 [DRW1608P]

• Case
= Aspire X-Navigator, mid-Tower [ATXA8NW-BK]

• Cooling
(
air only
) =
a)
Thermalright XP-90C Heat-Sink
B)
92mm Vantec Tornado (119
CFM
- 4800
RPM
's - 56.4
dBA
) CPU Fan [TD9238H]
c)
Arctic Silver 5 compound

• PSU
= Thermaltake,
680
Watts
, SLI-ready [W0049]

• Audio
= Creative Labs, GigaWorks S750 (
700
Watts
,
7.1
Channel
Speaker System – Retail
) [51MF7010AA000]

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I have used both the XP-120 and XP-90C and for silent cooling the XP-90C wins hands down.

 

I am obsessed with both low noise and overclocking and the XP-120 was my first real attempt at breaking away from watercooling...

Why are you trying to break-away from watercooling?

 

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

:cool:

DRACULA

• MoBo
= DFI LANPARTY nF4 SLI-DR

• CPU
= FX-57 (90nm
process, San Diego core
) [ADAFX57BNBOX]

• Memory
= 1GB of OCZ Technology (1T
Mode
), EL DDR PC-4800 Dual Channel Platinum Elite Edition (
hand-picked,
100%
TCCD
chips
), Qt.2 [OCZ6001024EEPE-K]

• Hard Drives
=
a)
74GB WD Raptor, Qt.4 [WD740GD]
B)
500GB Hitachi Deskstar 7K500 SATA II, Qt.4 [0A31619] *** Total SATA Storage:
2.296
Terabytes
***

• BIOS
= 702-2 with Change-Log Update

• OS
= Windows XP Pro SP2
and
Windows XP Pro x64-bit

• Video Card
(
single card,
non
-
SLI Mode
) = BFG GeForce 6800 Ultra OC™ PCIe 512MB GDDR3/TV-Out/Dual-DVI (
Retail Box
) [bFGR68512UOCX]

• Video Driver
(
nVIDIA
) = ForceWare v77.77 (
non
-Beta
)

• Monitor
= ViewSonic VP191
b
(
new
8ms
revision
)

• Optical Drives
= ASUS DRW-1608p, Qt.2 [DRW1608P]

• Case
= Aspire X-Navigator, mid-Tower [ATXA8NW-BK]

• Cooling
(
air only
) =
a)
Thermalright XP-90C Heat-Sink
B)
92mm Vantec Tornado (119
CFM
- 4800
RPM
's - 56.4
dBA
) CPU Fan [TD9238H]
c)
Arctic Silver 5 compound

• PSU
= Thermaltake,
680
Watts
, SLI-ready [W0049]

• Audio
= Creative Labs, GigaWorks S750 (
700
Watts
,
7.1
Channel
Speaker System – Retail
) [51MF7010AA000]

"Feel however you want. Your opinion still has all the appeal of warm, flat beer."

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