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ZALMAN CNPS 8700 NT 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

  • 1150-2100 RPM ± 10%
  • Pure Copper

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The current range of Intel and AMD processors generate potentially damaging heat – especially during high intensity processing. The smaller cases restrict air flow leading to increased potential for unstable computing. Zalman's CNPS 8700 NT delivers a cooling solution designed to fit into Slim Tower and low-profile Home Theater PC enclosures.

A 110mm spins at 2100 RPM between two semi-circular arrays of nickel-plated convection fins. These fins are supported by a pair of heat pipes which circle around the fan delivering thermal transference performance equal to a four-pipe array. From the nickel-plate mirror finish of the copper base to the blue LED's of the fan, Zalman's quality workmanship is apparent.

Pulse Width Modulation, or PWM, allows the computer's BIOS to automatically adjust the fan's speed according to the thermal need of the system as it blows air over the ultra-thin .2mm fins. With its unrestricted airflow, it is able to cool the RAM, VGA card, Northbridge and other nearby components in addition to the CPU.

  • newegg Superior Heat Dissipation and Cooling Performance The curved heatpipe design, coupled with a copper heatsink and ultra-thin aluminum fins, maximizes heat transfer and dissipation. Plus, a large 110mm dual-ball bearing LED fan runs efficiently to deliver unparalleled cooling performance.
  • newegg PWM Function The PWM function automatically adjusts fan speeds according to the CPU temperature for efficient cooling and minimized fan noise.
  • newegg Universal Socket Compatibility As an all-in-one solution for PC systems, the ZALMAN CNPS8700 NT features broad compatibility with AMD socket 754, 939, 940 and AM2/AM2+/AM3 platforms, as well as the Intel LGA 775/1155/1156 platform.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Anonymous
  • 6/22/2011 5:04:58 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsBIG and a pain to install

Pros: Runs quiet (not silent), cools well, blue LED will work well with the blue LED case fans in my case.

Cons: Getting the bracket mounted on an Intel board is a pain! The bottom bracket doesn't fit snugly into the holes, so you have to hold it top and bottom while you get the screws started. If Dynatron can make a 775 bottom bracket that fit snugly into the holes in the MB for their P985, I do not see why Zalman can't do the same for their coolers.

Other Thoughts: Got this for a rebuild of a 775 quad CPU MB. It only came with the 775 bracket, which was fine for me, but if you plan on using one on an 1155/1156 build plan on doing an RMA to get the bracket, at least until existing stocks run out.

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  • David N.
  • 5/30/2011 8:26:38 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs1155/1156 Bracket MIA

Pros: This will keep the CPU cooler than most stock fans. At max CPU load the fan is only slightly louder.

Cons: There is a slight hum to the fan so I wouldn't use it in a silent machine. Also, the included bracket was not the one mentioned in the details note. Had I not had to rush out and buy the 1155/1156 bracket locally, I would have given 4/5 eggs.

Other Thoughts: I've used Zalman products before and I likely will again. Their products look good, they work well, and are constantly being updated to match the latest products they cool.

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  • Robert G.
  • 5/24/2011 10:20:07 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsAlso discovered that it is not compatible with 1155/1156

Pros: I'm sure it would work great if I could actually get it to work.


After opening the box and trying to install this cooler I learned that the included mounting brackets don't actually fit with my ASUS P8P67 Pro and i-5 2500K. Screw holes are just a tad off. I requested my RMA and will lose $6 for the re-stocking fee and $9.49 for shipping. I asked the customer service lady if they could send me the correct mounting bracket (since it's unclear in the description) and she only offered to sell me the correct bracket for $4.99 (N82E16835118053).

Other Thoughts: This fan is quite large. I have the Rosewill Armor case which is midsize I imagine that if I were to install it, there wouldn't be much room left in the case, especially with all of the wiring. If you have a larger (full-size) case, I imagine you could make it work. With the 7 included case fans, I'm guessing the stock Intel cooler will work just fine, but for $40, I thought it would be fun to install some ridiculous cooler.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear value customer,

We are apologize for the wrong bracket. Please go to our website and under Customer Center select RMA. Please file your RMA there and we will send you the correct bracket. Thank you.


Team Zalman USA

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  • Mark A.
  • 5/12/2011 10:44:51 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove it

Pros: Low-profile (fits in my HTPC case)
Cools better than the stock cooler that came with the AMD Phenom II x4 945
Can't see the Blue LED at all

Cons: Retention clip is tricky to install
Can't tell when my CPU is highly utilized, it' so quiet :-)

Other Thoughts: The stock AMD fan used to rev at over 5k and sounded like a 1U server. It would get this high when CPU utilization was only 20%. Now this puppy revs at 1500 rpm or so until the CPU reaches about 50C when I'm running prime 95, at which point it climbs quickly to slightly over 2k rpm. It's still really quiet at that speed inside my AV cabinet (that has no other cooling BTW). While running the Prime blended test, CPU temp maxes out around 58-59, with a mobo temp of 52.

The trickiest part of the install was putting the retention clip on. However, when I bit the bullet and removed the PSU (left all the cables plugged into the devices), I had enough room to easily clip it on. Could have saved myself at least 20 minutes had I done that first. Very happy so far. Let's just hope it lasts.

BTW, the blue LED is no problem at all. I cannot see it in my case even in the dark (using an NMedia PC 1000 case).

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  • Andrew F.
  • 5/10/2011 8:13:25 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot LGA1155/1156 compatible

Pros: N/A - wasn't able to use

Cons: Contrary to the description on Newegg, this HSF is *only* compatible with LGA775 Intel processors. The included clip and bracket are slightly too small for LGA1155/1156 (Lynnfield/Clarkfield/Sandy Bridge) socket CPUs.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear value customer,

We are sorry about the missing clip, please go to our website at under Customer Center please file a RMA. Then we will send out the missing clip to you, thank you for your time and patience.


Team Zalman USA

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  • Charles L.
  • 4/29/2011 11:09:07 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsMeh...

Pros: Low profile, large fan, slightly less noise than the Phenom IIx4 stock cooler.

Cons: Not sufficient for my needs, back to the stock cooler.

Other Thoughts: I was hoping for stockish temps with less noise, and to a point I got it. Minus a few degree's idle and a few more under load. However, in my setup, once the metal warmed up it tended to stay warm, which the stock one didn't do. In the end it wasn't worth it for me, as I had to reroute a a few things to fit this cooler, and the blue LED bothered me more than I thought it would. The noise reduction I saw wasn't enough to sway me. I returned to the stock cooler. I still feel it is a solid unit though, I'm keeping it, and I'm sure I will find a home for it somewhere. On a plus side though, after re seating the stock one with some AS 5, I'm seeing some smaller temps this time around.

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  • doctor-toy
  • 4/24/2011 4:35:22 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThe Ninja Fan!

Pros: Very low noise output, PLUS it fit perfectly in my slim HTPC case.
Not only can I barely tell it is on without listening for it, but it has dropped my temps across the board! This CPU fan and heatsink is a pure beast. Much more than just any CPU fan.
Great price compared to what it has done...silence and cool running from my HTPC is golden when engulfed in 7.1 surround sound greatness.

Cons: Not a one!

Other Thoughts: Measure your motherboard layout before buying...use your brain and you wont waste any of your time.

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  • Daniel C.
  • 4/6/2011 12:42:41 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid simple cooler

Pros: This cooler installs fairly easy on amd's using the stock mounting brackets already on the motherboard. Use's the 4 pin power connector for cool and quiet. On the 4 PC's I installed these on (two amd 1090's , one 940 BE , and one 840) , they all idle at 30 C or less. Under heavy loads the average is about 45 C , I never seen them hit 50 C and that is also on games like BC 2 and Crysis. The fan also blows across the northbridge , memory , mosfits and helps cool them. Just moving the air across the motherboard like it does helps cool more then the cpu. It is also fairly quiet when the computer isnt under heavy loads , you hear them whisper up in speed sometimes when the cpu needs it , but its not bad unless your one of those extremely picky people who can hear a pin drop in the neighbors house. I prefer to hear my fans a little so I know they are on. All and all its great for leaving the cpu at stock speed's or doing a mild overclock.

Cons: Only con I could imagine would be the blue led fan , it doesn't bother me but it may bother some who don't want a led fan.

Other Thoughts: I don't use the thermal compound the cooler comes with. I use Arctic Silver Ceramique and have been using it since 2004 when I read a great review back then and have used it faithfully since. Just a small dab about the size of a large grain of rice in the center of the cpu and then install the heat sink and press firmly down on the heat sink to help it smear out a little. It has about a week or so cure time on it but it runs good when you first turn it on. After a week you may drop a degree or 2 tho. FYI if you use the same paste , be very careful when you remove the heat sink , this stuff is like glue and will pull the cpu out of the socket and stick to the bottom of the heat sink. I always have got the most out of my heat sinks using Arctic Silver Ceramique.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/16/2011 1:31:37 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot low profile. Cheesy LED

Pros: Might work well if you're looking for dorkage and not a low profile fan for an HTPC case.

Cons: Not low profile.

Other Thoughts: Taller than stock. Will not fit in low profile cases.
IDIOTIC BLUE LED! I don't want my htpc case lighting up the room. Serves no purpose other than annoy and perhaps impress the braindead. ooo! blue!
Will have to return it.

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  • Maxime H.
  • 1/10/2011 10:45:43 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsReally good

Pros: Really nice temps
Really silent.
Smaller than his older brother 7700
Easy to Install
Overall quality and finish is perfect.

Cons: Blue Led.
Can be tricky to install in the case.

Other Thoughts: Why people complaining that this cooler does not perform well? i installed this on my Athlon x3 445 rana and im like 12C idle and 30C Load... northbridge temps went from 60C load to 40C load with all the airflow from the 8800.

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