Re: XP-120 Poor Cooling Performance ???
For what it's worth, I've got a Gigabyte G Power HSF in my 939 system listed in my sig. It comes with a fan controller, which I keep at the lowest setting because (a) cranking it up makes no difference in temps that I've seen, and (b) when cranked up, it sounds like a vacuum cleaner. I had been spiking high temps on the stock hsf that came with my prior venice 3200 E3 during prime95, and the G Power eliminated that problem. With the 3500, I'm running upper 30s at idle, mid-40s under load, mid-50s during prime95. It had been spiking into the 60s before with the stock hsf, even after reapplying as5 several times. Some of that high temp reading may have been faulty temp readings on this soltek board (it's known for that), as the base of the hsf and the fins themselves were never really hot at those temps. But I feel better with the current temps and it's been stable temp-wise for months now.
Gigabyte P55A-UD4P, Core i7-860 Lynnfield at 3.6GHz, ZALMAN CNPS10X QUIET 120mmCPU HSF, CORSAIR Vengeance (2 x 4GB) DDR3 at 1640, PowerColor HD5870, Earthworks 650W PSU, Kingston HyperX 120g SSD (W7 64-bit), 1TB Black Caviar storage, LiteOn DVD burner, Antec 902 case [B]
ASRock Z68 Extreme3, i5 2500K OCed at 4.5GHz, CM 212 Hyper Plus, G. Skill Ripjaws 4G X 2 2133 Ram, WD Black Caviar 1TB OS drive accelerated via RST by 60G Mushkin Enhanced Chronos, 320 WD Blue Caviar, unknown DVD drive, MSI GTX 560 Ti OC, PC Power and Cooling 610 Silencer, old Antec Super Lanboy case, LG 22" monitor, Win 7 HP 64-bit