Summary: to: Zalman USA Technical Support <firstname.lastname@example.org> date: Mon, Jun 16, 2014 at 12:40 PM subject: Re: Defective ZALMAN CNPS9500 AT 2 Ball CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink Hi, As long as I can get my HSF working, I'll be happy. See images. Address is: [Insert Address] Thank you --------------------------------------- AGAIN NOTHING, AT ALL, FROM ZALMAN. WORST CUSTOMER SERVICE EVER. STOLE MY MONEY AND NEVER FOLLOWED THROUGH WITH THEIR PROMISE.
Pros: It SHOULD work, but there is a problem. See below.
Cons: I found a defective workmanship on the item that did not allow the screws to fit snugly, causing the HSF not stay on the CPU. I emailed Zalman to: email@example.com date: Wed, May 14, 2014 at 9:47 PM subject: Defective ZALMAN CNPS9500 AT 2 Ball CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink Hi, I purchased two ZALMAN CNPS9500A-LED 92mm 2 Ball CPU coolers and one ZALMAN CNPS9500 AT 2 Ball CPU cooler. The two LED versions seem to work well. The CNPS9500's thread was broken upon arriv...
Awesome cooling fan, dropped my temperatures significantly!
brion phipps, Amazon
11 January 2015
Summary: I have a custom built case (A repurposed G5) and this cooler brought my temperatures down 10 - 15C at idle and now under load it stays around 50C which is about 20C less than I was getting before with a stock cooler and 10 - 15 less than an H60 I had in there for a while. It's not small but really great looking and seems to be manufactured well.
Summary: Compared to the heavy aluminum brackets I've seen on some of their older fans, my first impression of the cheesy looking, stamped metal strap that's used to secure the fan wasn't all that positive. Their not including all the screws to even install the unit sealed the deal for me. I returned it - and boy am I happy about the restocking fee! Not.
Pros: It looks good.
Cons: Stamped metal strap to secure the fan to the CPU
Summary: Dear Zalman reps: please provide a better mount in your next design.
Pros: It fulfills its primary purpose of cooling my cpu very well.
Cons: Will not fit on an 1150 socket with screws provided. Impossible to mount the clip for the cooler onto the bracket with the 3x6mm screws. I went to the hardware store and got a couple 3x10mm screws and I was able to install it.
Summary: Just installed this cooler on an I7-4790k with 1150 socket. I'm a fan of Zalman (pardon the pun) and this one doesn't disappoint. It's very quiet and have yet to see a temp above 49C on the CPU. That is all relative to the ambient temps in the room and the humidity. Easy to install with the MB out of the case which is recommended if the case is tight. My MB has a cpu cooler weight rating of 450g and this cooler is about 527g.
Summary: I paid a little more than it usually sells for, because Zalman promised a rebate through 4myrebate.com. Par for course for the dreaded "mail-in-rebate," they claim they didn't get my documentation, and requested I re-send. Of course I don't have a second UPC to mail, so I'm out $25 because of yet another shyster rebate company. Rebates: Not Even Once.
Pros: As usual, Zalman makes excellent HSF for overclocking enthusiasts. I had its sister, the CNPS9900MAX, in my last build, and while they're both very large chunks of metal, you cannot argue their effectiveness.
Cons: It's a very big HSF, so it won't fit in many cases. Installation can be a little cumbersome, so it might be easier to remove the mobo prior to mounting. Also, rebates suck.