by R. K. Bloom

Zalman 7700Cu

Zalman 7700Cu

Review cooler Zalman 7700Cu

Leakage of information about the new cooler Zalman 7700Cu occurred at the beginning of the year. And the only information at that time was the following: a vague picture, which depicted a little bit grown up like a cooler Zalman 7000 120mm fan. Later in the summer exhibition at the Computex `2004, I was able to visit the stand of the Korean company, and our hands on a prototype of this cooler.

Naturally there is a desire to try it in, but a company representative I was disappointed – the product will be completed by late summer. And in October, we received a welcome pattern.

The very first impression is the same only a Zalman 7000 in a big box. But as soon as I put it next to a box with a Zalman 7000, it immediately became apparent difference in size.

Indeed, the model looks 7000Cu if not a dwarf, in any case, the younger brother of the cooler 7700Cu.

However, despite the increased size (136h109h67mm), the surface area of ??the radiator 7700Cu little more than a radiator 7000Cu (3268 sq. cm vs. The fact that the Zalman engineers were very strict limits on the weight gain. As a result, a lot cooler managed to keep within the limits of one kilogram. And to be precise, the weight of 918gr Zalman 7700Cu (the cooler 7000Cu weight = 773gr). The number of copper plates did not change the radiator (65), but increased the intervals between them. It also increased the size of the cooler. This is understandable, because instead of 92mm fan on the Zalman 7700 120mm fan is installed.

The increase in mass and size had a negative impact on the compatibility of the cooler with the motherboard. In particular, the list of supported platforms are excluded fees SocketA. There is also a strict requirement on the inadmissibility of finding the elements of high (> = 39mm) in a radius of 68mm from the center of the socket. Also, large size may prevent the cooler to install it in small, low-cost housing. This is especially true in the case of vertical arrangement of the power supply unit (PSU is over when the cooler) and or the proximity of the CPU socket to the edge of the board.

A typical example is problems with the installation, if you first install the cooler, on some motherboards it will interfere with installing the memory module into the first slot (or even in the first and second slots).

Concluding talk about the radiator, it is worth mentioning as a pretty good handle base.

Although the surface is not a mirror, but the quality assessment process deserves 9 out of 10 points.

The good news is that the cooler is compatible with the platform Intel LGA775, for which included a special mounting frame. By the way, the owners of Zalman coolers 7000 will also be able to use their processors on the new platform. You need to purchase separate aluminum mounting frame ZM-CS1.

Installing the Zalman cooler on the 7700 LGA775 board is carried out in three stages. At first we set the plastic frame on the opposite side of the board.

The plate is no fixed, so the front of the motherboard to install the mounting frame and secure it with screws. Anyhow you can not put a frame: without reading the instructions I set the frame in such a way.

As a result, was unable to open the latch to the processor socket. Here is an example of proper installation:

And finally the third phase – the actual installation of the cooler, which is fixed with two screws.

Before you tighten the screws is to make sure that no parts on the board do not interfere with installation of the cooler. However, better do it in a store before you buy a cooler.

Now list the equipment coolers Zalman 7700Cu.

Actually the cooler Zalman 7700Cu

Installation manual

Fixture for motherboards Pentium4 Socket 478

Fixture for motherboards Pentium4 Socket 775

Fasteners for motherboards for the Athlon 64

A set of pads for mounting

A tub of proprietary thermo paste

The device speed control – FanMate2

Double-sided adhesive tape segment

Sticker with logo

If you have installed at least once cooler Zalman 7000, then read the user is not required.

With the exception of a single case – if you need to install the cooler on the motherboard LGA775. But for all platforms, install the cooler is very intuitive. On the other hand it should look, to see a warning that the company Zalman will not accept liability for any damages related to improper installation or overclocking.

Also, the manual mentioned the fact that some motherboards have a feature “CPU Fan Detect”, which does not allow the system to start if the CPU cooler is not connected. Moreover, if the fan is plugged in, but turns at low speed – mentioned function will still prevent the computer starts. So if you plan to use the cooler Zalman 7700Cu at low speed (