Zalman CNPS 9700 NT CPU Heatsink

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Installation

Included in the kit is a small manual with thorough instructions for installing the cooler on several different platforms. The manual details all the steps you need, and includes handy illustrations.

The first part of installation is attaching the backplate to the underside of the motherboard. If your motherboard is already installed in a case then you’ll have to remove it. The backplate is positioned so that the clip support can be attached through the four screw holes around your motherboard’s CPU area. The Clip Support has a little notch to accomodate the CPU lever if you ever need to pull out your CPU, so the clip support must be oriented properly to maintain this accomodation. Once the clip support is tightened, then you can begin fitting the 9700NT to the Clip Support.

It’s best at this point to paint a thin layer of thermal compound onto your CPU. Zalman includes a vail of their excellent ZM-STG1 Thermal Grease, which has a nice little brush included within the cap. If you’ve ever painted your toenails (and who hasn’t, right?) then this will be a piece of cake. Dip the brush in the grey liquid and thoroughly coat the processor with it, but be sure not to use too much, and try to keep the layer as even as possible.


Deciding which way to orient the cooler is your next decision. The fan on the 9700 NT is uni-directional: meaning that instead of just blowing air in all directions (like the CNPS 7000) the air is directed through the cooler and out the other side. Because of this, cooling works best if the airflow is directed to the closest exhaust fan. So, the Clip Support has hour holes so you can mount the cooler in one of two orientations to get the best airflow path.

There are two brackets that fit around the heatpipes that actually put pressure on the CPU. Depending on how the cooler is oriented to the Clip Support determines which bracket you will use. You actually screw the bracket into the Clip Support, which in turn puts tension on the main block, securing it to the CPU.

Did any of that make any sense? See, this is why the manual includes illustrations…