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H100 vs Zalman 9500


RunsWithSporks

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Hi, I just received and installed my H100. I replaced the cooling on my stock i7-2600k from a Zalman cnps9500 to the H100. I was really disappointed to be honest, I was hoping for a bigger decrease in temperatures. The Zalman kept my CPU at 29-33C idle and never went over 60C at load. The H100 is holding the temps maybe 2-3C cooler but its so much louder (and was more expensive).

 

First a couple of questions, I am not using the push pull config, just the 2 stock fans. My case is a 600T, the fans are mounted on top outside of the case and radiator is inside. I tried pushing and pulling with the fans, currently I have it pulling air in. Neither solution seemed to make much difference. I have also re-seated the block on my CPU reapplying Arctic Silver each time I did. None of this has made a difference.

 

My question is this, should I return the H100 and stick with what worked and save some money, or is there something else I should try. I cannot run the push pull in my case, an extra set of fans will not fit because of my memory sticks.

 

Thank you!

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Wait for the artic silver to "break in",say a week or so. Monitor the tempratures with profile set to either quiet or balanced. After a week if the temps dont drop by 2 to 3 deg,try the performance option ( 3 lights on ). If that too fails then take a call if you have to do a RMA
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