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Man, I have been debating about water cooling or air cooling for quite a long time. At least for now I have decided to go with CPU air cooling. I plan to purchase the ZALMAN CNPS9500. I have been doing research about this product and came across one problem that concerned my MOBO, the DFI LANPARTY UT nF4 Ultra-D. The user stated that he was unable to use the fan controller.

 

"Cons: fan controller didnt work on my DFI ultra-d,

put the fan controller on it, started up for 2 seconds then fan stopped working" - kon

 

Basically I would like to know if this was a problem of his own doing or it really is not compatible with my mobo. Today newegg is letting this bad boy go for $67 bux no shipping charges. I would like to know if this would be wasted money or potentially good, moreover are there better air coolers out there now. "no heat sinks"

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The SI120 with a high RPM panaflo connected to a fan controller would be much better.

 

Tell him to make sure in the motherboard the CPU fan is set to be at 100% at all times. At worst he'd have to plug the fan controller into a 3 pin ---> 4 pin PSU molex connector converter. This way, less load on the motherboard, and he gets the control he wanted.

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The Zalman is excellent. I believe your case has a rear exhaust fan that aligns well with the HSF. I don't use the fan controller on my Expert board. The board itself sets the fan speed as needed.

 

Saying the SI120 is "much better" isn't true. I tried both & my case/HSF combo beat the SI120's performance. The Zalman is designed to use the rear case fan & it does so quite efficiently. Again it relies on the position of the rear fan. The Zalman also sweeps away the heat over the memory slots on the expert board.

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Saying the SI120 is "much better" isn't true. I tried both & my case/HSF combo beat the SI120's performance.
It depends on the fan selected for the SI-120, a 120mm, 220CFM, Delta will certainly beat the Z. :nod:

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Not sure I understand what your saying here. Also are the other fans you listed from Zalman or other makers?
I was just pointing out that by selecting a appropiate fan,

the Thermalright SI-120 is capable of any level of performance. ;)

 

The 220CFM Delta would be way too loud for most people, including me.

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It was easy to install if you are carefull, and it keeps my X2 3800+ OC'd to 2600mhz @ 1.40v under 44c full Dual Prime. The fan is so quiet why would you need to use the fan controller, just plug it into the mb, run it at 100% and your good to go. :nod:

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It depends on the fan selected for the SI-120, a 120mm, 220CFM, Delta will certainly beat the Z. :nod:

 

Not in a case with the rear exhaust fan aligned with the Zalman. And I understand 220 cfm is above & beyond most fans. The Zalman relies on the case fan alot (& a 120mm rear fan is ideal, my Lian Li uses a 90mm & it works super). It was probably designed with this in mind.

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Not in a case with the rear exhaust fan aligned with the Zalman. And I understand 220 cfm is above & beyond most fans. The Zalman relies on the case fan alot (& a 120mm rear fan is ideal, my Lian Li uses a 90mm & it works super). It was probably designed with this in mind.
This is silly, as no one is going to use a 220CFM fan, but trust me,

the SI-120 or XP-120 with that fan would beat any air cooling solution, given good case cooling. :nod:

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Given my case and the SI-120, doesnt this cause issues with the slots near by? Also what are the precautions and how to avoid them when installing the 9500?

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The weight distribution on the Zalman 9500 is really not that good so if you plan on moving your rig a lot or taking it to lanparties you must be extra careful.

 

Personally I think the last couple of Zalman's are overrated anyway, but yeah they are easy to install - that's a definite plus.

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