Conclusion: Whether you share my personal views on Intel's stock cooling solution for LGA 775 CPUs or not, there comes a time when many a user feels the need to upgrade the cooling solution for their processor, be it for overclocking, adding a little 'bling' to their system, or simply to improve cooling over what they had before. On all three of these counts, the CNPS9500 LED has something to offer.
Excerpt: Founded in 1999, based in Korea with an American headquarters in California, Zalmanhas been one of the leading companies in the silent PC revolution overthe past 5 years. Focused on creating a more comfortable and userfriendly computing environment, they strive to create the bestperforming, most silent air, power, and most recently, water coolingcomponents.
Conclusion: The Zalman CNPS9500-LED provides top-notch cooling performance with absolutely minimal noise. For a next generation CPU cooler, the CNPS9500-LED delivers with an impressive amount of cooling power that trumps the previous generation of CPU coolers.
Pros: Excellent performance, near-silent operation at low fan speeds, compatible with nearly all CPU types, all installation and mounting clips / brackets are included, easy installation on S939 motherboards.
Summary: Zalman has made an
incredible new cooler. The unique design of the heatpipes seems to play a
great advantage to the cooling performance. Traditional heatpipe towers
make use of six heatpipes while the CNPS9500 only uses three. The
aerodynamically shaped fins allow the airflow to travel a lot smoother and
create less noise, resulting in an overall quiet system. The 92mm fan is
incredibly silent when running at silent mode and is only slightly audible at
Pros: Excellent performance, Incredibly silent, Very easy to install, Looks great with blue LEDs, Very smooth and clean base
Cons: Very expensive, No 92mm fan option
Excerpt: Zalman has done it again. Their CNPS9500 LED cooler has it all. It's got performance, easy installation and virtually universal compatibility. With flawless fit and finish, an aggressive stance and a blue LED fan, it also has great looks and would be an excellent upgrade for the stock cooler.
Excerpt: In the past we have reviewed the CNPS9500 LED cpu cooler from Zalman that has superb performance. It had a universal clip so you could mount it on pratically all sockets. Zalman has now released a AT version if this cooler that is specially designed for socket 775 only. A quick look at the specifications show that the fan runs at a lower rpm and that is missing some accessories.
Summary: For comparison purposes, we included the Thermaltake Big Typhoon cooler as well as the Asetek VapoChill Micro Series. The Big Typhoon has 6 heatpipes and a 120mm silent fan. This cooler generally kicks the butt of the Thermalright XP-90, XP-90C, and even the XP-120. It is a very good performing cooler, and should provide some serious competition. For background information on the Asetek VapoChill Micro, take a look at our recent review here .
Pros: Medium Weight Cooler (530g), Incredible Performance, Virtually silent at low speed and barely audible over 7v modded system fans at high speed., Socket 478/, 754/939/940 won't likely require motherboard removal., Nifty Design with 3 "figure 8" heatpipes., Fan Mate 2 for custom fan speeds.
Cons: Doesn't come with mounting instructions - must be downloaded., Mounting can require a fair bit of assembly on some platforms.
Summary: When it comes to PC cooling Zalman has a great name. Being one of the first who introduced heatpipes into VGA cooling, it was an immediate hit. But when the competition started using this same technology for CPU heatsinks, Zalman?s own CPU coolers were falling behind. Now, a bit late perhaps, we have Zalman?s first heatpipe based CPU cooler. The Zalman CNPS9500 Led. Let?s see how it does against the best out there; the Scythe Shogun and Thermalright XP-90C are waiting?