Well guys, my zalman CNPS 7700 cu came in today. The first word that came to mind when I saw this thing was "bohemoth". You really don't imagine from the pics, unless it is installed, how large this thing really is. Even though I checked the Zalman site to make sure it was compatible with my intel motherboard, i had my doubts that it would fit. However after setting it in place, the only close call was my PSU, which it cleared by a 1/16 of an inch. according to zalman there has to be a radius of 2.68 inches between your PSU and the center of the CPU. After un-mounting my old heat sink, it took me about 15 minutes to have this thing up and running. I found the instructions to be simple even for a newbie like me. Prior to installing this thing i wanted to make sure that I could get some fairly accurate results so I installed, Intel Active Monotor, and viewed the cpu temp. After 1 hour of sitting idle, it was reading 71c. (<- not a mistake). Then it occured to me that part of my problem could very well be ventilation. I added 2 fans on the rear of the case, as well as cut a hole in the carboard backing of my desk to allow the rear exhaust to escape more freely. I then viewed the cpu temp reading, again idle, and it was reading 61c. SO obviously part of my problem was ventilation, which i beleive i now solved. After installing the Zalman, i took another cpu reading, after 1 hour of sitting idle, it was reading 50c. My net gain with the Zalman I beleive it to be about 10c. My computer is running much better now. Thanks guys for the info. I wish i could upload a pic of this thing installed on my machine.
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