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ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

  • 1250-2800 RPM
  • 19.5-35 dBA
  • Copper

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The Zalman 9700 CPU cooler offers high-performance cooling in a unique design. The heatsink and fin assembly are made from 100 percent copper for improved heat dissipation. The base is built of both copper and aluminum, keeping the overall weight of the unit down while providing optimal heat transfer to the triple set of copper pipes. The curved heat-pipe design allows them to draw twice the amount of heat away from the processor.

At the center of the aerodynamically optimized tunnel created by the fins is a 110mm, blue LED fan. Included is the company's Fan Mate 2 fan-speed controller. In Silent mode the fan spins at 1,250rpm and creates 19dBA of noise, but when you need extra cooling for demanding tasks you can shift it up to 2,800rpm to quickly force heat away from your CPU and other system components.

The 9700 is compatible with both Intel's LGA 775/1155/1156 and AMD’s Socket AM3/AM2+/AM2/754/939/940 platforms. All the clips and backplates are included so there's nothing else to buy to get the unit attached to your motherboard in minutes. A tube of Zalman's own thermal grease is bundled in as well.

  • newegg Unique Heatpipe Design Three innovative and curved heatpipes provide a heat transfer capacity matching that of six heatpipes designs for maximum performance.
  • newegg Aerodynamically Optimized Heatsink Layout and Ultra-Slim Fins A 100% copper heatsink with an aerodynamically optimized "tunnel" design and 0.2mm ultra-slim fins maximize heatsink efficiency with minimal weight and smoother airflow for optimum cooling.
  • newegg Adjustable Fan Speed Controller The bundled adjustable fan speed controller (Fan Mate 2) enables manual fan speed adjustment ranging from 1,250rpm to 2,800rpm and provides a silent mode and low-noise mode for an optimum balance between silence and performance.
  • newegg Blue LED Lighting The ultra-quiet 110mm fan produces brilliant illumination during operation for eye-catching fun.
  • newegg Universal Socket Compatibility As an all-in-one solution for PC systems, the ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED features broad compatibility with all AMD Socket AM3/AM2+/AM2/754/939/940 and Intel LGA 775/1155/1156 platforms.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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Customer Reviews of the Zalman Tech Co., Ltd CNPS9700 LED

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  • Michael P.
  • 8/3/2015 7:49:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPerformance Great, Installation Hazardous

Pros: The stock cooler on my AMD FX 8350 8 core CPU kept breaking the 70 degree C marker on idle due to proximity to a large, hot video card. This cooler keeps the temp at 45 degrees C on full load and idles around 36. Huge improvement

Cons: The copper is very sharp and I cut my hands in 3 places during install. The CPU fan connector and a couple other connections are under it, requiring that you touch these fins and risk injury.

The retaining bracket is tricky making this a high learning curve install, but it's not hard once you do one.

Wear gloves and have a bright flashlight that can be shined under the cooler.

Other Thoughts: This fan has an external dimmer switch to control its speed rather than having the 4th pin for motherboard RPM control. You'd think it would be cheaper to include that 4th pin rather than making an external switch. I don't like having to crank up the fan every time I play a game.

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  • Jeanie C.
  • 7/24/2015 1:12:20 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic CPU Cooler

Pros: The best cooling you can get until you move up to water cooling.

Cons: Don't lose your installation hardware. I purchased my 9700 in 2008, back before they came with the necessary components to install on an 1155 mobo. Now it seems the adapter kits Zalman used to carry are discontinued and are impossible to find. I've sent Emails to Zalman with no reply. Sadly it seems I'm going to have to retire my trusty CPU cooler.

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  • Shawn M.
  • 7/23/2015 8:50:29 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCPU Fan

Pros: I have owned this for over 3 years, it has been through 2 MB and 3 CPU upgrades, even OCing my cpus it has kept everything cool.

Cons: Not really a con but the clip is a little difficult however the reliability and cooling of this cooler makes it worth overlooking.

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  • Neil B.
  • 7/6/2015 5:18:09 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs8 years and still going!

Pros: Longevity -- the computer I built with this back in 2007 (NewEgg can verify this purchase btw) STILL has this running. That's 8 years of intensive running on an AMD CPU with some slight-to-moderate overclocking!

Copper -- Copper is one of the best conductive metals (excluding silver which is marginally better and not-so-marginally more expensive). You can expect conductive heat transfers for copper around 4 Watts per (centimeters * Kelvin) at 65 degrees F and about 3.9 W / (cm * K) at 150 degrees F. Aluminum by comparison is around 2.3 to 2.4 W / (cm * K).

Cons: Sharp edges -- Some of us are more clumbsy than others, but it's worth noting I've cut myself a few times when trying to clean dust off the copper fins

New water cooled tech can be superior -- Water absorbs 4.179 Joules per gram * degrees Celsius , J/(g*C . What does this mean? Water can absorb more heat energy than copper. As long as that warmer water is MOVED out of the way for more cold water to absorb more heat, then liquid cooling will always outperform any air cooled system. It's not the fault of the copper. Air just won't absorb as much energy for each degree of temperature change as copper will.

Better, quieter fans are out there, and this one unfortunately can't be easily replaced.

Other Thoughts: If you want a decent air cooler for your CPU for a decent price, this one works quite well.

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  • harmon p.
  • 6/12/2015 9:19:35 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs7 years old

Pros: after five CPU, still going strong, my 8370e OC 4500, DOESN'T even break a sweat .

Cons: None!

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  • richard d.
  • 4/24/2015 9:55:44 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggsSo far not so good

Pros: Looks solid, good design, this thing has some weight to it.

Cons: It doesn't work. First off it appears the wrong fan mount bracket was used. The fan is off center. The top of the fan is wedged against the cooling fins. Like others here the package arrived undamaged and well packed. Also the fan was dead on arrival.

Upon contacting zalman support they immediately blamed newegg saying they must have not have packed it right and it got damaged/warped, which it clearly was not. I have been building computers for 20 years i know the difference.

Poor quality control don't know how anyone could have assembled this and not seen a problem.

Other Thoughts: Dealing with zalman support at the moment, will see how they handle the situation and update the review.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear valued customer,

We sincerely apologize for the issue. Please contact our customer service e-mail or via toll free number 1-888-925-6266 for further assistance.

Thank you.

Best regards,

Zalman USA Customer Service

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  • Mr. B.
  • 3/20/2015 11:47:21 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsExtremely good cooler

Pros: - Excellent cooling performance
- Great price
- Easy and flexible mounting
- Good solid construction

I've had this cooler for about 5 years now and it's cooled 3 different processors and it still works like a charm. As of right now I am using an FX-8350 (4.5Ghz) idling around 19-20C. Under heavy load (Prime95 small FFT) it hits around 40C top end. Only ever seen my CPU push 50C when the GPU is spitting fire.

Cons: - LED is kind of weak, but not really a big deal.
- Fanmate is next to useless
- Used a 3-pin so you can't control fan speed with software.
- Somewhat loud, but not too bad.

Other Thoughts: Though I listed a few cons I'll give this bad boy 5 eggs for how ridiculous it performs, even on toasty CPUs like the 8350.

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  • chad g.
  • 3/19/2015 10:12:50 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsStill running like a champ

Pros: I have had this thing for years. First went on my AMD 955. It did ok but I wanted cooler temps for overclocking so I upgraded that cooler to a huge megahlems and stuck this on an old AMD X2 6400 that ran really hot with it's stock cooler and it brought the temps down about 20°C. Didn't OC it just wanted to extend the life.

Cons: Not the best cooler.

Other Thoughts: Has held up over years and years of use. Fan still spins with no issues. I am getting ready to move it to another build for my kids.

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  • corey r.
  • 3/15/2015 9:59:38 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat product

Pros: not too loud runs good looks good and easy installation

Cons: none so far

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  • Kate M.
  • 3/9/2015 7:42:44 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Fan

Pros: Super quiet! Looks nice, keeps cpu very cool.

Cons: Very large, make sure it fits in your case.

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