Just installed Zalman with AS5
I just did it. Installed my Zalman 7000B-ALCU. It sits in there perfectly. The wires from the ATX motherboard power connector are underneath it and touch it as they come out, but it should be fine.
The AS5 sucked to put on. I was so worried about screwing it up. I put the size of a grain of rice and placed the heatsink into position. I didn't realize the heatsink made contact and lifted it to reposition. There was AS5 on the bottom so I put it back into place and tightened it down. It was right in the center so it should be fine.
I had the stock intel heatsink before with a worn out thermal pad. My CPU is at 39C right now and my case temp is 27C. My CPU was about 48C before and my case temp was 34C. These temps are taken from Everest. The Zalman moves alot of air and if what you guys say is true, the AS5 gets better as it breaks in.
I have a StarTech 80mm fan as my intake, a PanaFlo 80mm 39CFM fan as my exhaust, and the 92mm Zalman all running at max fan speed. It's still pretty quiet. I have a Silverstone 92mm 72CFM fan on the way that's going to be my exhaust, the PanaFlo is gonna be my intake, and the StarTech is going into storage. That should make for a nice setup.