Originally Posted by Chozart
The Zalman 9500 and 9700 are good coolers, but depend heavily on a good airflow in the case. That's why they often don't perform well in reviews, since those test rigs are often not even in a case, or otherwise just 'thrown together'.
If you take good care installing it, and setting up your case airflow, you'll have good results.
Other coolers might be a bit better, and definately beat the Zalman in less friendly environments (read: bad airflow).
I don't know just the whole thing with zalman doesn't seem like a very efficient cooler. small fan, small surface area compared to other coolers, and so forth. granted I could be wrong though and either way it is better then what I have though
still though wouldn't other coolers respond just as good though with improved case airflow just as well as the zalman would?