Summary: Bought this a few years ago... was one of the best cooling systems I had. I was running a AM2 4400 Athlon processor, so this was more that enough to keep this processor cool. even when running video editing, Photoshop and of course games. Great color and lighting Great cooling Good size Bad: The metal clip it uses to hold on to the AMD mount broke off at an end and the fan came crashing down in my system.
Summary: It keeps my cpu much cooler than stock. Zalaman makes the best heatsinks, which i only use. pros: large fan keeps cpu very cool optional fan controller compatible with AM3+ cpu cons: very loud heatsink base is designed for only 2 fan positions I have a AsusRock 990FX extreme board which due to bracket design i can only position this fan up or down. so i had to flip my exhaust fan to pull air in so the air flow is accurately push hot air away from components.
Summary: Actually, it keeps my APU running cool: ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility tells me the motherboard is running 20C/68F and the processor is at 22C/71F while I'm typing this. I know it's not taxing the inards too terribly bad, but everything is cool as it should be. Installing the fan was a bit tricky for me. First, I learned that the thin copper blades on the heatsink are sharp enough to cut.
Summary: First off, I do get great temps with this cooler. I have an i5 760 @3.2 ghz that is around 55 at full load and the fan about medium with the included fan controller. Cooler is quiet and looks fantastic. I do not reccomend the included thermal paste. At a functional standpoint it doesn't get any better. Now the bad. If you can find this at a local retailer which is unlikely(9900's are more common now) the packaging is fine. The packaging is useless for a long journey.
Not meant for a 125W CPU (Like the AMD Phenom 965 3.4Ghz)
Raheen Ballard "Rah", Amazon
15 September 2012
Summary: Pros: -Very quiet -Great that you can control it externally -Looks great in the case -Fits inside my mid-size case: Apevia XCRUISER-bk Cons: -Not a good solution for hotter CPU's I bought this after getting annoyed by the loud and weak stock cooler for my Phenom 965 3.4Ghz. Unfortunately even with the side panel off in a cool room, the Zalman was not any better at cooling the CPU than the stock cooler.
Summary: Despite the "Ultra Quiet" name, the cooler is actually extremely loud. That being said, it preforms very well. My Phenom II X4 went from about 55C with the stock cooler, to about 30C with this. If you don't mind a little noise, I would very much recommend it.
Summary: This is not my first Zalman 9700 so I knew what to expect. Unfortunately this one had a bit of an issue. The fan is off balance and is making a tick noise. The good news is Amazon has been very helpful in getting a new cooler and sending the old one back.
Summary: It's all copper (except the aluminum mount). It looks beautiful in my windowed case, blue LEDs aglow. But that's not why we're here. It lowered the temperature of my quad-core CPU by 20 degrees Celsius at full load and by 10 degrees at idle. That's a chunk. I had been running the AMD cooler that came with the CPU. It's quiet enough for me, but I've got six other fans running, so what's one more? Did I mention it's gorgeous?