intel E6600 Core2 Duo 2.40GHZ 4MB
ATi Radeon X1900XTX 512MB 650/775
Arctic Cooling Accelero S1 w/ Turbo Mod
Corsair 2x1GB DDR2-667 4-4-4-12
Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi XtremeMusic : Logitech X-530
WD 74GB Raptor (10K)
WD 250GB Caviar (7.2K)
Ultra X3 600W
NZXT. Apollo Orange Chassis
All temperatures were measured using RivaTuner v2.1 with the C2D.dll plugin, which measures the same temps as CoreTemp. Load and idle situations were created with two instances of Folding@Home (one on each core) and a blank Windows desktop, respectively. All temperatures were let to stabilize for 15 minutes before recording, to ensure that it was not still rising or falling. The reference coolers represented use the best temperatures each achieved (i.e. door off, fan high if available) in the same environment.
The test system had the side panel off for all testing, a 120mm front intake fan a 120mm PSU exhaust fan, and a 120mm rear exhaust fan if the port was available. The AC Turbo Module was off during testing for consistency with previous results. Every cooler shown either used the included thermal paste or AS5 if none was included. All results were recorded at an ambient room temperature of 24 C.
At stock, the CNPS8700 did indeed provide very impressive results. For a cooler of its size, noise level, and price, it performed surprisingly well and did a pretty good job keeping up with even the toughest competitors.
Again, the Zalman held its ground and performed very well when overclocked, especially for an HTPC cooler. Let's wrap this review up.
Zalman pretty much thought of everything with the CNPS8700 NT. Its stylish looks, small form-factor, and absolute silence hardly affect its performance, which keeps up with some of the best products out there. There are very few negative things I can think of to say about the CNPS8700. The first is that, although they advertise cooling for surrounding components, it's not so wide that it could have any noticeable effect on things like RAM or the Northbridge. The only other thing I can think of is the 110mm fan. If you want to change the fan with something more powerful, or don't like the intense LED, 110mm is a very awkward size that would be hard to replace. Otherwise, though, I can only rave about this product.
From easy installation to good performance, the CNPS8700 NT has it all, and has earned the OCIA.net Seal of Approval!