What is good air cooling these days?

By Jesse_hz
Dec 22, 2006
  1. I haven't been following the air cooling market much after I got into watercooling. Could someone please tell me what heatsinks are king in when it comes to air cooling these days? (performance > silence)

    Kind Regards Jesse ;)
  2. dopefisher

    dopefisher TS Rookie Posts: 444

    Zalman coolers are hands-down the best, from my experience. I have gotten the lowest temps with these over other brands.
  3. agi_shi

    agi_shi TS Rookie Posts: 385

    Hands down the most over-priced, too. Same price for a CPN9500 you can get a Scythe Infinity, and there is basically no comparance between them.
  4. dopefisher

    dopefisher TS Rookie Posts: 444

    Actually, they are the same price. And I have never used a scythe cooler, but it looks like any other aftermarket cooler. Besides, the Zalman fans are special. Just look at them!
  5. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    yes, zalman makes the best. i use them every time better-than-stock cooling is desired, and not a single customer wasn't impressed.
  6. Jesse_hz

    Jesse_hz TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 545

    OK so it's gotta be Zalman. Can any of you recommend a specific heatsink model, one that can cool a Prescott?

    Kind Regards Jesse ;)
  7. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    you can take your pick...the 7700cu is fine and it's price has come down. unless you can't spare an extra $20, i would go with a zalman 9500 or 9700
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