Zalman 9700 or Freezer 7 pro?

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Hello, I just bought a Evga nForce 780i and wanted to get an aftermarket cpu cooler with it. I currently have a q6600 processor and heard very mixed reviews about the Zalman 9700 vs Freezer 7 PRO. The freezer 7 pro is much cheaper which is why im leaning towards it, but if somebody can tell me otherwards that the zalman is a better choice even though its much more expensive and why its better. Any personal experience or advice with either cooler would be greatly appreciated!


Thanks,
Brett
 
The Zalman is the better cooler, but should the fan go out on either product it would be a major hassle to change. There are a lot of coolers out there that allow for easy fan 'management'. I have several of each of the HSF's you mentioned (Zalman 9500's) and the Zalman is the better cooler in my experience. Beside Zalman distribution ceneter is near where I live and they give me free stuff if I ask for something. LOL.
 
Is a Xigmatek S1283 an option for you? If so, that (and possibly its retaining bracket) is a better cooler than either of the other two.
Otherwise, if it were me, I could not see paying Zalman's asking price. I used the Freezer 7 Pro on my current build and a few other recent ones, and have no inclination to replace any of them.
 

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Im willing to try any cpu cooler as long as its going to fit my evga 780i and keep my q6600 chilled while its overclocked. Price vs Perfomance is a big thing to me because I really dont want to pay basically $80 for a zalman when I could pay $40 for something just as good if not better without the expensive name tag. I also was looking for one thats relatively easy to put on. :)
 

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You can get the Zalman for $54 on newegg. Its a great cooler, and I would recommend it, although I have not used the Freezer 7 to compare.
 

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I have the eVGA 780 FTW edition....exact same style of board that you have. I actually have the Zalman 9700. I tried the Xigmatek S1283 that you are thinking about, but I was unimpressed with it. I bought it because a while back THG did a review on CPU heatsinks and fans and gave it a shot. After switching from that to the Zalman 9700, it lowered my temps by 10C!

Here is the Zalman 9700 on sale at Newegg for $54.00. Not a bad price.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118019

edit: Also, the Zalman 9700 uses a mounting bracket. It is much more reliable than the push pins that come with the Xigmatek, even though you have the option to purchase a mounting bracket.
 

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How easy is it to put on? My computer is currently in pieces so I dont have to worry about ripping everything out to put it on. $54 is a fair price IMO and I think im going to give that a try. How much space do you have with that cooler on, like near your memory and motherboard fan (if you connected it)
 

pbrigido

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It is extremely easy if the motherboard isn't mounted in the case. Much more easy than using the push pin configuration with some of the others.
 

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Thats what I wanted to hear! Gonna buy that Zalman then, thanks for the advice and info.
 

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The Zalman CNPS9700 is probably one of the flattest bases on a stock heatsink you will probably everfind - 8microinches...
You should get neither, buy the Xigmatek HDT-S1283/OCZ Vendetta 2/ Sunbeam Core-Contact Freezer top 5 around :D with TRU and TRUE
 

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Zalman = loud, expensive and dated design. The 9700 is definitely NOT worth the price tag.

Choose any of the following coolers/brands:
Xigmatek S1283 or S963
Scythe
Cooler Master Hyper TX2 or 212
OCZ Vendetta/Vendetta II/Vanquisher
AC A7Pro
Sunbeam CCF

I've also seen reviews of good thermals with some of the Rosewill units, but I'm not sure about reliability or acoustics.
 

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Don't know much about the Zalman but I have found it extremely difficult to find a fan replacement for my dying Freezer 7 Pro fan. It looks like I will have to buy another heatsink and fan just to get the fan out of it. So, ease of fan replacement is something you should be aware of.
 

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im not sure where you get loud from, i can't hear it at all. my motherboard regulates the speed depending on CPU temp, and my overclocked e8400 temps max out at 55C, never been higher.
its a great cooler, looks great, and IMO worth $54
 

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yeah idk where you get loud from...but you can't compare a ACF 7 with a 9700.... apples to oranges once again. if you want really high performance for a small price compared to TRUE/9700 then get the xigmatek HDT-S1283. if you want looks get the 9700.
 

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Indeed. I can't even hear mine...it is one of the most silent objects I have in my case. With a price of $54.00, it is really hard to beat the 9700.
 

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dB/°F is higher for a 9700 than most other top-tier coolers (the S1283 included). The 9700 is rediculous at top-speed (from what every review I've read says).
 

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As I have previously stated, the results that I experienced were much better with the Zalman. In case you missed it, just scroll up. Thank you.
 

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PB ur not even the OP lol, if someone posts it again, relax..... Ur results may very from others......"thank you" , i guess this makes my post more credible...
 

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Can you install a 9700 on an mobo with lots of high heatsinks around the CPU? It looks like there is not so much space between the cpu base and the first fins.