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Old December 16, 2008, 06:17 PM
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Take a look at this review.

Don't look at the review of the heatsink itself, but head over to the dual core performance charts to see the comparisons between TONS of different choices of heatsinks. Also at the end is a price/performance comparison, which is really useful. Take a look! Also, because the E8400 is a 45 nm chip, you may even get better results than these...

I have the Noctua U12P, or whatever it is, and it works really well. The mounting kit is a lot simpler than others.
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Old December 16, 2008, 08:06 PM
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I'd also like to add that the Xigmatek push pins do not need to be destructively removed for use with a bolt through kit. Just use a small screwdriver to push the black tabs away from the white part of the pushpins. You might need to bend one a bit, but the pins come right apart without cutting or snapping anything.
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Thank you all for taking the time to answer... What a great community, I really like it here ;-)
I think I'm finally gonna go with the Noctua U12P...

P.s: thx for that link bojangles !!!
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Old December 16, 2008, 10:44 PM
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I'm using a Zalman 9700, however, Temps on my E8400 is a total non-issue, the true enemy of these chips is the Voltage required to push your OC's. Hell, even at an 1800 Bus Speed and 4.05 Ghz with my Zalman fan at the lowest setting (dead quiet) I can barely get past 55c running Prime and it only gets to 60c running IBT, however, I really have to push the Voltage to the Cores to get it stable. Hence, heat isn't the issue, its the Voltage......I suppose fellows whom have those magical E8400 that can OC to 4.2 Ghz with bugger all Voltage would require more aggressive Cooling....unfortunately I'm not one of em.
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i have both the xigmatek s1283 and the crossbow. Both are excellent. My temps are a non issue on my stock e8400. I also believe the xigma tek and ocz are basically the same hsf just slightly different.
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Old December 17, 2008, 12:16 PM
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Bottomline, if you're not planning on OC this Chip beyond 3.6 Ghz, the stock HSF is adequate....from my experienxce with it
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rj you hit 3.6 on stock fine? I did too b ut temps were 65ish on idle.
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rj you hit 3.6 on stock fine? I did too b ut temps were 65ish on idle.
Prior to getting my Zalman I was OC'ed to 1600 FSB (3.6 Ghz), with the Stock HSF I was idling at 42c and never got above 60c stress testing.....and that was in my old crappy Smilidon Case!
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O.o i tried that in my haf.. with no luck.
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Hm...that is odd as that case has exceptional cooling! Perhaps it all comes down to the "chip", but I always thought that was more to do with Voltages required for OC'ability as apposed to Temps. but perhaps thats the case.
Now 3.83 Ghz to 4.05 Ghz is another story, however, I stil don't have to turn up my Zalman fan at all!
I know from what I have read these Zalmans do not perform well with Quad Cores........
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