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Processor Cooler: Zalman CNPS9700LED

An enthusiast system needs a proper CPU cooler, and one of the best air cooling products on the market is Zalman's CNPS9700LED. You'll recognize its design, which allows for a large surface to dissipate heat efficiently via a 90 mm fan. The fan speed can be controlled by recent motherboards providing a four-pin fan header, or by the fan speed regulator included in the package. The cooler is not suitable for cooling the voltage regulators, however, nor a heat pipe on the motherboard, as the fan blows air only in one direction.

This cooler comes with the fan speed regulator, a long power cable for three and four pin motherboard headers, a quick installation manual, a little bottle of thermal grease, and a Zalman sticker, which you can put somewhere on your computer case. The cooler can be installed on motherboards using AMD Socket AM2 as well as Intel Socket 775; all you need is the appropriate mounting kit, which is also included inside the box.