First off, I have contacted Zalman USA and Global support, and none have replied.
I bought a CNPS 9700 CPU cooler (with the blue LED) a few years back and it is still working great. On the box, it shows it is compatible with 1156 and 775 Intel sockets. Does that mean it will work on my new i7-477K and Maximus VI Hero when I upgrade soon? I read that the 1156, 1155 and 1150 sockets are all the same, just different amount of pins. I also read that these older coolers from Zalman needs the CS5B kit to work with the 1150 socket, but if the cooler I currently have supports 1156, shouldn't it also work on 1155 and 1150?
Also, is it okay if I plug my CNPS 9700 cooler in to a Z87 motherboard's 4pin CPU fan header directly (such as the Maximus VI Hero), instead of using the included FanMate 2 accessory? Is there any possibility of any damage being done? I want to use the board's software to adjust it automatically.
I hope the community here will be more helpful than the manufacturers of the cooler itself.
Most new motherboard models use a 4-pin CPU Fan header that is speed controlled by PWN (Pulse-width modulation). Most CPU coolers come with a 4-pin PWN fan.
A 3-pin fan can use the Fan Mate 2 to control the speed.
Intel`s Socket 1150/1155/1156/775 use the same Zalman Clip Support.
I would use a 4-pin PWN CPU fan not the Fan Mate 2. If your CPU fan does not have a 4-pin connector you may want to buy a PWN fan.
Thank you for the reply. Just to confirm though, the retension bracket and everything else that came in the package should work on a Z87 board, correct?
As for the fan issue, it is a 3 pin fan. I went through the Maximus VI Hero's manual and it shows the Q-Fan option with a selection taht supports 3 pin CPU fans, so hopefully I can also control it from in Windows with their AI Suite software.