I just got to say, this is one of the best cpu coolers in the world!!!
I only installed it, sometime last week, but i've never been so pleased or impressed with a peice of technology!
Ever since i put together my AMD Athlon Barton 3000, 6 months ago, (with little cash might i add)
My PC has always suffered over heating problems when it comes down to the CPU, the standard heat-sink and fan kept the temperature at an unstable 55o idle and the PC always crashed, so i had to buy a new heat sink and fan straight away.
I looked up a few sites, and found a few reviews on a Gigabyte 3D Cooler Pro (PCU21-VG) Heatsink, which it was rated 9/10 in most cases.
I swiftly bought the heat sink and fan, and once fitted, enjoyed the results at first, the idle temp was 48o, and gaming never went over 58o, i still thought to myself though, that even for an AMD processor, these temps was not acceptable, but i brushed my fears off.
The system didn't crash anymore, but what i did notice was the idle temp had changed from 48o to 52o over a period of weeks, i was like WTF?
Anyway, i decided to finally remove the heat-sink and fan to resit it, but when i removed the gigabyte, to my horror, there's was massive damage to the 4 pads seating pads of the CPU!
2 was completely destroyed, while the other 2 was grounded down to nearly nothing, what had happened, was even though they recommended the heat sink and fan for an AMD Athlon, the base wasn't big enough, and not flat enough, so it just crushed it's way through with the vibrations!
Shock, shock, horror, i was forced to buy a new heat sink and cpu straight away, this time, no bullshit, i was paying top doller now, i had already wasted $45, why not spend more?
So i did, i went with the choice i should of went for 6 months ago, but decided against, because there was concerns about it's weight, it's a pure copper heat sink, though it's extremely heavy and i was warned it could damage the CPU, but this is bullshit
The heatsink and fan is the Zalman CNPS7000B-CU Ultra-Quiet CPU Cooler, a link can be found here:
It's over 2 years old now, but it's still top of it's class, the heatsink and fan bolts to your motherboard (if supported), with 4 screws that keep the heatsink firmly in place.
It's a bit of a bastard, because you have to screw the heatsink from underneath the motherboard, so i had to take the whole pc apart to install it, but it's well worth it.
Now installed, my CPU idle temp is an amazing gob smacking 38o!
And when gaming, the temp does not go past 45o!
This is absolutely amazing performance for an AMD processor, i never expected to achieve such temperatures from an AMD, they are well known for their over heating.
What's even better, is the fan is almost silent in normal mode, and completely silent in silent mode , the whole product, does exactly what it says on the tin.
Baring in mind, this is technology released in 2002, this is absolutely amazing, if the size goes down, i think i'll stay with Zalman for the future
There has been a major update to this model, the only difference being the size, they have made exactly the same heat-sink and fan, just 30cm bigger!
Zalman CNPS7700-CU Ultra-Quiet CPU Cooler:
The model i have is already a massive 90cm in size as it is, i decided against the 120cm version (today's version) because it would not have fitted in my case, and for the CPU i have, i concider to be completely over-kill!
Anyone looking for an CPU heat-sink and fan that's almost/is silent, look no further, copper is definately the way to go, i wouldn't buy any other thermal material, trust me when i say, if you have the room in your case, and your motherboard supports it,
Zalman CNPS7000B-CU Ultra-Quiet CPU Cooler is the one for you!