my little review on Zalman S9500 AM2

Discussion in 'Overclocking, Cooling & Modding' started by ChampionLLY, Jul 30, 2006.

  1. ChampionLLY

    ChampionLLY News Writer

    stroke of luck -- got my hands on this babe, Zalman CNPS9500 AM2 (got it @ a bargain price) :p

    beautiful heatsink, it is lighter than it looks (530g)

    0.2mm thin fins perfectly arranged

    Zalman done a good job with the polishing
    (sorry, its full of fingerprints) ;)
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  2. ChampionLLY

    ChampionLLY News Writer

    clean the heatsink 'butt' with *Arctic Clean 1

    and then *Arctic Clean 2

    *if u haf no idea wad dis thing does:

    nice mirror finish :thumb:

    time to say goodbye to mr.stock-hsf :wave:

    clean the heatspreader with AC 1&2...

    physically & chemically clean :D

    applied half-grain-of-rice of [highlight]Arctic Silver 5[/highlight],

    [highlight]for those who doesnt know:

    well, its suggested to apply AS5 when the cpu is still warm
    nvm... :oops:

    warm-up exercise for the beauty :D
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  3. ChampionLLY

    ChampionLLY News Writer

    took a lot of strength to push the clip down,
    i can almost hear the cpu getting squashed :(

    not enough clearance for the over-sized hsf..

    ended up onli clipping the Ramflow-cooler on 2 1/2 outta 4 tabs :eh:
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  4. ChampionLLY

    ChampionLLY News Writer

    System Setup:

    cpu: A64 3500+(Newcastle) 2.2Ghz L2-512Kb<-- but not a fan of Newcastle United :p
    mobo: Abit Fatal1ty AN8 nF4-Ultra <-- new mobo got back from RMA ytd
    ram: TwinMos DDR400 2x512kit CL2.5 <-- valueram
    gfx: XFX 6800GS-XT 256Mb DDR3 256-bit <-- doesnt affect test result either
    psu: HEC Ace380UB (Truepower) dual+12V, SLI-ready <-- stable & quiet

    *the rest of the components doesnt affect result*
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  5. ChampionLLY

    ChampionLLY News Writer

    System Settings:

    variable; test value; (default value)

    HTT: 235Mhz (200Mhz)
    Multiplier: 11.0x
    Clock: 235*11 = 2585Mhz (2200Mhz)

    Vcc: 1.5500V (1.5000V)
    VcpuRef: +0mV

    DDRV: 2.75V (2.60V)
    DDRVTT: 1.35V (1.30V)
    VddrRef: +0mV

    V-NF4: 1.70 (1.50V)
    V-HT: 1.30V (1.20V)
    HTTLink: 3x (5x)
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  6. ChampionLLY

    ChampionLLY News Writer

    Test Methodology:

    • [*]Air-con @ 25C (auto fan speed)
      [*]Ambient temperature: 26C +-1.0
      [*]both stock & AM2 used AS5
      [*]ram was running clock/22 for stability reason (valueram not for o/c)
      [*]the highest stable HTT(235Mhz) without getting prime95 error was used
      [*]all onboard fans were set to max cooling/airflow possible: [email protected]; [email protected]
      [*]prime95 starts 10min aft a cold-startup
      [*]prime95 Torture test --> Blend
      [*]screenshot taken aft prime95-ing for 4hrs5min +-5min
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  7. ChampionLLY

    ChampionLLY News Writer



    S9500 AM2:

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  8. ChampionLLY

    ChampionLLY News Writer



    No need much explanation,
    an amazing 14C drop on the average load temp!!!

    design: perfect :thumb:
    features: very good
    performance: excellent
    price: expensive (retailing in Singapore @ SGD131; RM304; USD80; ÔéČuro65)

    overall i rate a 9 :arp: /10 :beer:
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  9. Chai

    Chai Administrator Staff Member

    Hey, this could have been posted as a review... :haha:
  10. ChampionLLY

    ChampionLLY News Writer

    well, i cant create a thread in review & articles sub-forum,
    it's locked =(
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  11. Papercut

    Papercut Newbie

    Good work :thumb:
    Amazing that you actually managed to get the Abit software to show a difference in temps :faint:
    They must really be putting a bit of effort into proper calibration now :p

    I really like the design of this cooler, very unique. By itself it looks like they've changed the image to black and white...and when installed in the right system it looks beautiful :thumb:
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  13. PsYkHoTiK

    PsYkHoTiK Admin nerd

    Really nice.... ^^
  14. ChampionLLY

    ChampionLLY News Writer

    ya, the design is excellent..
    especially the chroming of the whole thing..

    it should be displayed in the art gallery!!!

    wad's wrong with Abit's software...?
  15. ChampionLLY

    ChampionLLY News Writer

    thx thx =)
  16. ChampionLLY

    ChampionLLY News Writer

    thx man...!
  17. Papercut

    Papercut Newbie

    When I was using an Abit AN8 Ultra, the temp reporting was completely ****ed...chipset idle temp can be around ambient temp with passive cooling, change CPU cooler from XP-90 to Scythe Ninja and no change in reported temp. Damn frustrating :wall: :wall: :wall:
  18. ChampionLLY

    ChampionLLY News Writer

    wah, suddenly reputation jump from ZERO --> 18,
    =D =D =D
  19. ChampionLLY

    ChampionLLY News Writer

    isit? guess its a software bug den..
    my uGuru OC haf problem saving the settings,
    gotta reset everything everytime i startup the com,

    troublesome !!!
  20. Chai

    Chai Administrator Staff Member

    PM Adrian for more detail. hehe.

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