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ZALMAN CNPS8900 Quiet 110mm Ultra Quiet Slim CPU Cooler
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Keeps stock 3570k @ 44c in cramped case 11/08/2012

This review is from: ZALMAN CNPS8900 Quiet 110mm Ultra Quiet Slim CPU Cooler

Pros: I have the cnps8900 in a silverstone gd06b htpc case that is buried into a cramped entertainment center. The case & entertainment center do not have good airflow. Even after running the 3570k at 100% for hours, it keeps the cpu at 44c(22c ambient)

Cons: When I initially installed the cooler, the fan would hit the heatsink while spinning. I'm not sure if came from the factory that way or if one of my little ones messed it up. Either way I just had to push the fan back into position(a little force required) and it didn't hit the heatsink anymore.

Other Thoughts: A bit pricey for what it is.

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SILVERSTONE Black Aluminum front door and plastic front panel, 0.8mm SECC body Grandia Series GD06B ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: -Asthetics, a true HTPC case
-Locking front panel to keep the little ones out
-Lots of HDD/SSD configuration options
-Can fit large GPU's
-Front cover has enough clearance to fit small RF dongles while not reducing their performance

Cons: -Doesn't fit the silverstone ST50F-P modular PSU with fan in down orientation with modular hdd bays installed
-Stock fans are a little loud
-Too many screw sizes
-Optical drive mount blocks large portion of cpu cooler and ram height
-No good way to install H70 cooler

Other Thoughts: As a combo HTPC/Server/Gaming case, this case has been great. With all of my components my entertainment center limited me to a 6" tall HTPC case. As has been previously stated, the HDD hot swap bays limit you being able to install some modular PSUs with the fan facing down. The nice part is that you can simply take them out. It leaves a hole in the front of the case, but it isn't visible with the front cover closed. With the hot swap bays gone the PSU can be mounted with the fan facing down. The bridge still allows you to mount two storage drives. FWIW, my samsung F1 3.5" HDD ran about 10C hotter when installed above the power supply. My 2.5" HDD doesn't see a temp difference.

The optical drive mount limits ram and cpu heatsink height. But once again, the optical drive mount can be taken out if you don't need it. Heatsink & ram limitations are now only limited by the case height. FWIW, a thermaltake cnps8900 fits under the optical mount.

With the components listed below, and the hot swap & optical mounts removed, the system idles at 34c. After a few hours of Civilization V the CPU/GPU/HDD temps are all between 40c & 45c with the loudest components being the case fans. I may swap them at some point but it's still quieter than an idle ps3.

-Silverstone GD06B w/ST50F-P modular PSU & short cable kit
-Intel i5-3570k
-Zalman cnps8900
-Gigabyte GA-Z77M-D3H
-32GB Crucial Ballistic 1600mhz CL9
-HIS 7850 IceQ X
-Crucial M4 256gb
-WD blue 500gb 2.5"
-Logitech K400

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CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: No more "out of memory" prompts from Windows.

I would buy this again.

Cons: Had to bump voltage to 1.55v to get stable. Could be my board though. With the way the Asus m4a's throttle my cpu, I wouldn't be suprised if their poor build quality could be the reason for the ram instability at 1.5v.

Other Thoughts: Asus m4a87td/usb3
1100t @ 3.8ghz
Corsair tx650

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Display Name: Richard H.

Date Joined: 11/11/04

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  • First Review: 08/22/08
  • Last Review: 11/08/12
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