Replacing Intel i7-920 CPU Stock Fan With A Zalman CNPS9500A Cooler Fan.
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The old Intel i7 stock/kit fan.
My workhorse computer, which I used for all my daily work, is over 7 years old!
I had it built to run Windows 7 and it was built on the day that Windows 7 was made generally available, viz. October 22, 2009. I had pre-ordered Windows 7 Professional from Microsoft and received a DVD the day prior to the G.A.
I hate to jinx it but this PC has done well by me. In addition to the 10,000 or more posts I have done with it, I have written (and published) 20 books on it. Yes, 20 books.
It was a top-end PC when I had it built, i.e., Intel i7-920 (4-core), 12GB of memory etc., and it is plenty fast enough for what I do.
So I am not motivated at all to upgrade.
But, over the last few years it has required work. The power-supply blew, quite spectacularly, about 4-years ago. I put in a new EVGA GeForce GT 740 4GB graphics card last year. I now clone and replace the ‘C’-drive twice a year.
Though it has 7 fans, yes, 7 — heating has always been a concern. But, until 2 weeks I never had a real heating issue.
But, one morning the CPU heat hit max. and the PC shutdown! That was scary. It started to run hot. My computer guy, who I trust, Shane Selling, recommended that I ditch the stock cooling fan that came with the Intel i7 and get an upmarket one. For $45 for the cooler it was crazy to refuse.
So, on Wednesday, Shane installed this bronze work-of-art on my PC. Wow. Quite the cooler.
It has made a HUGE difference. The PC is running at 1/2 the temperature! Wow.
Just wanted to share this with you. I will keep you posted.