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.
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.
Summary: I have built 5 computers from scratched and have taken apart fully at least 10 times to work on them. With that said i have never had such issues with any heat sink like i have this one. I would advise to not get this product the support structure for the heat sink is not sufficient.
Pros: I was unable to get the heat sink installed so i can not say on its performance like others have.
Cons: One of the worst mounting installations i have seen for a heat sink. There are just 2 tiny screws meant to hold the heat sink onto the cpu. Needless to say they did not work. I was using a 775 socket. The metal nuts meant to hold the screws gave no retention what so ever. I will be asking for a f...
Pros: Never got it installed (see below), so I have no idea how good it is.
Cons: One of the thumb nuts was missing the insert tor the bolts to screw into. I was going to purchase on in the store, but since this is a M3 nut, stores don't carry them; you have to buy them online, Came with a rebate, so I couldn't send it back without invalidating the rebate with a replacement mo...
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.
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...
Summary: Buy a Cooler Master 212 - they cool better, are designed better, and are cheaper. Zalman is not worth it, even on sale.
Pros: Looks cool.
Cons: First, temps were no lower than stock cooler. Second, the design is terrible. A frame screws down into the 4 points around the cpu, then the cooler is locked to the frame by a small metal bridge that only has 2 points. The screws on this 2 point bridge only hang on by the bottom 1mm of their thre...
Will NOT work with socket 1366 without buying an additional adapter
29 April 2014
Summary: This product will only work with socket 1366 if you buy the optional CS4A adapter, which Amazon does not sell except through 3rd party vendors. This requirement is not mentioned in the product description, it wasn't until I received the product that I noticed the instructions do not mention 1366.
Summary: Short screws connecting fan to 1155 adapter lost their threads upon connecting fan to 1155 adapter (all 4 screws-only 2 are needed) . Had to go to Lowes to replace them. This is not a minor issue since it could have happened after installation where fan would separate from processor.
Summary: Bought 2 Corsair H100 (refurbs). VERY NICE! both work great and at $47.99 ea., a fantastic deal.
Pros: Looks great, likely a great product when/where it's compatible.
Cons: Back plate heat sink bracket does not fit MSI Z87-G45 motherboard! Would not align with the mboard layout. Tried, but short of twisting the board into a taco... it just doesn't work. Frustrated, not sure why they label products compatible with (Intel 1150), when they are not!