Summary: to: Zalman USA Technical Support <email@example.com> 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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...
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 threading and are garbage. The screws stripped for me the second time I installed the cooler. Not stable. Bad quality.
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. The product packaging only mentions 1366 in tiny hard to read writing (in red) at the bottom of the package.
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. As the saying says "The weakest link determines whether something is successful or not" and indicates lousy quality control.
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!
Summary: Needless to say i sent this back for a full refund, sadly i can't say that for my Mobo (or even a replacement) because of this thing.
Pros: -Seems well constructed -Seems like it would cool well -Decent Price
Cons: -Quite certain it was responsible for damaging my mother board. Whoever claimed the installation on this is out of their wits. The V shaped bracket is so poorly designed to crank down the tension on the heatsink that its laughable. To even get the screws inside the holes itself requires more then enough force at it is to bother you, let alone the amount of force necessary to tighten the screws down afterwards. Not to mention this thing is monstrous. Like, watch out de...
Summary: Put this in and tightened it all the way down, appeared to still be 'loose' fitting. Could never get it any better no matter what I tried. The cooling on this was no better than the copper & aluminum heatsink fan that I got with my Intel 3.0e CPU. I put a Zalman All Copper with 120 mm fan (CNPS7700-Cu)in my other 3.0e CPU computer, & the idle dropped to 28C idle, & in the 30'sC running under full load.
ZALMAN CNPS9500 AT 2 Ball CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink
7 August 2013
Excerpt: It appears like Zalman understands how to make a very good thermal conductor. Zalman does not know how to make a fantastic mounting bracket. It relies on a awkward application of force to set up. In my case, 1 of the retaining nuts was improperly machined generating it impossible to install in the orientation I wanted. Luckily, it was feasible to rotate the heat sink to yet another set of nuts to install.