Zalman CNPS9500 AM2 Bling

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Zalman CNPS9500 AM2 Bling
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Product: Zalman CNPS9500 AM2
Provided By: ZalmanUSA
Price: $69.95CND @ MemoryExpress


Zalman has enjoyed success from their very popular CNPS 9500 series of CPU coolers.  Today we are looking at the third revision of this cooler.  It all started out with the CNPS9500 LED, went Intel only with the CNPS9500 AT, and now is AMD only with the CNPS9500 AM2.  Don't be fooled by the "AM2" tag attached to the name.  This cooler actually straps onto AM2, Socket 754, Socket 939 and Socket 940 without removing the motherboard.  That should make installation a snap and bring ease of use down to where almost anyone could install this cooler.  Let's get started.

nVidia Green Box
nVidia Green Box

For some reason this cooler in approved by nVidia - even though nVidia doesn't make CPU's.  I guess that it will help it move more products into the hands of enthusiasts who likely use the nVidia chipset with their AM2 processor.

Bundle & Specs:

Because the CNPS9500 AM2 is built only for the Athlon 64 platform, the bundle is really quite lean.  There are no back stiffener plates or other mounting hardware other than the single mounting clip that works on 754, 939, 940 and AM2 sockets.  This is quite refreshing as there are not a lot of pieces you need.  However, if you buy this HSF and decide to go with an Intel system, you will need to purchase a different cooler.

Usual Zalman Bundle
Usual Zalman Bundle


What Zalman lacks in cross-platform socket compatibility they make up for in looks.  This unit is nickel plated and looks incredible.  Pictures don't do it justice at all.  This is a very beautiful cooler.

Compatible CPUs and Motherboards

  Socket CPU Silent Mode
Low-noise Mode
AMD AM2 Sempron Supports all speeds Supports all speeds
Athlon 64
Athlon 64 X2
Athlon 64 FX-62
754 Sempron Supports all speeds Supports all speeds
Athlon 64
939 Athlon 64
Athlon 64 X2
940 Athlon 64 FX


Dimensions 85(L) X 112(W) X 125(H)mm
Weight 530g
Material Pure Copper
Dissipation Area 3,698cm2
Thermal Resistance Silent Mode 0.16 °C/W Low-noise Mode 0.12 °C/W


Bearing Type 2-Ball Bearing
Speed Silent Mode 1,350rpm± 10 % Low-noise Mode 2,600rpmM ± 10 %
Noise Level Silent Mode 18.0dB ± 10% Low-noise Mode 27.5dB ± 10%

FAN Speed Controller (FAN MATE 2)

  - Dimensions : 70(L) x 26(W) x 26(H)mm
  - Weight : 20g
  - Output Voltage : 5V ~ 11V ± 2%
  - Allowable Power : 6W or lower
  - Connector : 3-Pin

We'll take a closer look at this HSF on the next page.