The cooler is very well laid out, with Zalman's unique bent heatpipe design. First impressions of the base are promising, and the finish is very well done. With the cooler comes the mounting brackets, a very well written manual, the screws and clips necessary for installation, one application of thermal grease, and a case badge. One of the first things I noticed when I looked at the cooler was that some fins are bent, as you can see above. It turns out that all of the cooling fins are very malleable and you have to be pretty careful when maneuvering the cooler.
Here you can see where the two heatpipes interact with the base. The construction of this cooler is very clean and precise, which seems promising for the performance department. To test the quality of the base, I used the “graph paper test.” If a base is flat, it will reflect the lines of the graph paper without distortion. As you can see, the CNPS8700 passed with flying colors. Continue on as we throw this CNPS (Computer Noise Prevention System) in the test rig!