Zalman ZM-CS1 Socket 775 Bracket Review

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Zalman on core 2 duo

I have always loved Zalman’s coolers. The CNPS line have been some of the top-performing and quietest air coolers for the past few years, so they are installed in every single one of my computers… at least until I got a Core 2 Duo.

My loyalty has swayed between Intel and AMD as the two companies have updated their products attempting to out-do each other. AMD is scrappy and has been able to steal the upper-hand several times: their latest marketshare is over twenty percent! Intel decided to do a no-holds-barred smackdown on AMD and released the Core 2 Duo processors.

If you haven’t heard, the new Intel chips are more efficient clock-per-clock than AMD chips, have a more intelligent and flexible design, and do not use as much electricity and thus produce less heat (the relatively inexpensive E6600 processor is roughly equivilent to an X2 5500+). This all means that Intel’s Core 2 chips are faster and cooler, and are now at a price that rivals AMD’s X2 line.

Since I try to have a pulse on the heartbeat of technology, I decided to finally upgrade my X2 3800+ with Intel’s shiny new Core 2 Duo E6600. The only problem was: most Socket 775 heatsinks suck. My favoriate heatsink of all time is the Zalman CNPS-7000, and it comes with lots of hardware to mount this massive beast on virtually any processor made within the last 5 years – but no socket 775 support…

That is, until now.

Zalman’s ZM-CS1 is a kit that allows the excellent CNPS coolers to be mounted on socket 775 motherboards. The kit includes an aluminum mounting ring (anodized blue), and all the screws and nipples (get your mind out of the gutter) to securely mount the ring. The ring is also designed to accommodate the socket’s lever when you upgrade or do maintenance on your PC.

Contents Specifications
1. One Clip Support
2. Nine Clip Support installation bolts
3. Two Cooler installation bolts
4. Four Nipples
5. One set of Washers
6. Thermal Grease
Dimensions: 81 (L) X 85 (W) X 14.4 (H) mm
Weight: 38g
Base Material: Anodized Aluminum, Brass
Compatible Products: CNPS7000 series (CNPS7000/7000A/7000B)