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Zalman CNPS9500A-LED
6.1 out of 10

Zalman CNPS9500A-LED

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Overall 10
10

Pretty

Chris R., Newegg
3 weeks ago
  • Pros: Keeps my i5 4690K below 45c no matter what game i'm playing. I haven't overclocked yet but. I used Arctic Silver 5 thermal paste so i'm sure thats helping too. Temp Idles around 33c just browsing the internet or whatever. Install was easy and the blue LED matches the other lighting in my case So ...
  • Cons: The instruction book was a bit confusing, theres no words just diagrams, but i figired it out.
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Overall 10
10

Works Great! Great for the price!

Joseph P., Newegg
6 July 2015
Overall 10
10

Great fan!

Eric L., Newegg
5 July 2015
  • Summary: I bought this over a year ago for a new rig I was building. Installation was a bit troublesome trying to get the brackets in and out (I had to switch out for the AMD bracket). It's a very tight fit in my case as well, but man does it perform!
  • Pros: -adjustable speed -relatively quiet -great cooling
  • Cons: -installation and cleaning can be troublesome -very tight fit
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Overall 2
2.0

Frustrating Installation

Miles K., Newegg
3 July 2015
  • Summary: I find it extremely frustrating that the installation was ruined simply because the screws were mere millimeters too short. Clearly this isn't an issue for everyone, but it seems like Zalman is pinching pennies with some of the critical components.
  • Pros: None; unable to instal
  • Cons: I wish I could've tested this product's purported performance, but unfortunately the low quality materials of the Clip Support and Clip Fixing Bolts made it impossible to instal. The Clip Fixing Bolts (Screws) are slightly too short to thread with the nuts in the Clip Support (a plastic piece tha...
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Overall 10
10

Just...wow

Alec G., Newegg
3 July 2015
  • Summary: I had an old 8800GT video card 7 years ago, and this thing came with specialized cooling from Zalman, and it was incredible too. Reason why I'm saying this is because Zalman is THAT good! Unless your going with liquid cooling, buy this thing or a version with a bigger fan!
  • Pros: Where do I even start? First let me say, if you're going to stick with air cooling instead of liquid, then Zalman is the best company to buy from! +It has a blue light...pretty... ++This thing keeps my AMD FX 4.0GHZ 8-core processor at 8-15 degrees C at idle. never letting it go above 35C even wh...
  • Cons: It was harder to install than other AMD fans. As in it took an entire minute to install rather than just 20 seconds. You have to apply and spread of the thermal grease on to the heat sink yourself, which is a minor inconvenience. It is a little loud, wish I could give you a better idea of its noi...
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Overall 10
10

Fan Blades Pull Air Through - Not Push Out

Shaun B., Newegg
2 July 2015
  • Summary: The hard plastic mount that attaches to the motherboard ALMOST came right down on top of a transistor or two. Be careful.
  • Pros: Great fan. Keeps things significantly cooler (varying results for all would be normal). Make sure you seat the fan properly. Of the two ends, the end with the fan blades is pulling the air into it to blow out the back end of the fan. You want this fan to compliment your build and airflow. It is g...
  • Cons: Be careful with those very thin blades surrounding the fan. It's part of the heat dissipation, but they feel pretty flimsy. I didn't test how much pressure it would take to bend them. But it didn't feel like it would take much.
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Overall 6
6.0

Good buy but not great

Eric E., Newegg
2 July 2015
  • Summary: If your thinking of overclocking I would look at other coolers. This will work but there are coolers for a little more cash that would do a better job. I would recommend this over the stock cooler any day.
  • Pros: Quiet stays cool 32-42 C at around 600-1000 rpm on a intel G3258 Haswell even at 78 deg F room temp.I plugged the fan directly in mobo cpu header although its is only 3 pin fan expert was able to control it well.
  • Cons: Fan I dislike the fact that you cant buy a replacement fan and that the fan isn't 4 pin pwm .
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Overall 8
8.0

Amazing - except for like, two things...

Jack M., Newegg
29 June 2015
  • Summary: I almost decided to go with my stock cooler on the fx8320, but i ended up dropping it with the thermal paste-side down, so i was forced then to use my Zalman cooler, and thank goodness i did. I was expecting a very messy install but it actually went better than expected.
  • Pros: Offers surprising amount of cooling for a smaller spec fan. Very quiet on lowest setting (1500rpm) if you are using the fan controller. LED is a nice touch. Low profile makes it great for smaller towers. Installation was easier than expected
  • Cons: Crazy sharp blades around the fan, no PWM (only external fan controller), fairly loud on max setting (2500rpm), and once it's inside your computer it makes it VERY hard to work on things, as the sharp fan blades take up a lot of real estate, depending on your tower.
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Overall 8
8.0

Amazing...

Dale S., Newegg
25 June 2015
  • Summary: I assume that Zalman is including a single fan controller as an apology for not providing a pulse-width-modulated fan. I haven't seen a motherboard that doesn't offer CPU PWM headers since 2004. I deducted an egg for this... Otherwise: This thing is simply fantastic at removing heat.
  • Pros: + Dissipates heat like no other + Fan doesn't need to be blasting to be effective + Quality components + Includes single fan controller
  • Cons: - Fan isn't PWM - Fins may cut you
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Overall 10
10

Very Nice Zalman

Sherry K., Newegg
12 June 2015
  • Summary: I like how easy this one installs and this model moves a lot of air. I would recommend this size if you are building in a smaller case.
  • Pros: I have this Zalman in 5 different systems. The oldest one is still going strong after 2+ years. I just wish they made this same model for the FM2+ ( Hint Hint Zalman ) I'm just putting two new systems together and I had to use a different heatsink. You have plenty of room for the memory chips and...
  • Cons: Not docking for this but.........the fins are sharp, but it's a great heatsink so I don't mind.
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