Zalman CNPS9700 NT
The next cooler we are going to talk about today is another NT modification of the former cooling efficiency leader - Zalman CNPS9700 NT. Strange as it might seem, but this solution is still the flagship offering in Zalman’s product range, because they haven’t yet released anything better. So far they launched the new Zalman CNPS9900 already, however, it will not start selling any time soon. Besides, the claimed MSRP of $100 will probably not discourage only true Zalman fans.
The box is green and bears Nvidia logo on the front and back sides:
But, do not hope to find a retention kit for GeForce graphics cards inside :) However, there is everything you need to install this cooler only AMD K8 and K10 processors as well as Intel LGA775 platforms:
Compared with Zalman CNPS9700 LED, the NT version doesn’t have Fan Mate 2 rotation speed regulator, but comes with Zalman ZM-STG1 thermal compound.
I personally think that nickel-plated Zalman CNPS9700 NT looks even more stylish now:
The cooler measures 90 x 124 x 142 mm and weighs 764g, exactly the same as its non-NT modification. It uses three copper nickel-plated heatpipes 6mm in diameter that have shape of an “8”. Their ends come out and go back into the base: