Summary: I've had the opportunity to take a look at quite a few Zalman coolers over the years, including the CNPS9700 which could be considered the "Big Version" of the CNPS9300 AT, so when I had the opportunity to take a look at this cooler I was rather interested to see how it would stack up. I was assuming that the performance would be a bit less than the CNPS9700 due to the smaller size of the cooler, but the big question was how big the performance difference was.
Pros: Smaller size than previous versions, Easy Installation, High Quality Construction
Cons: Average Performance, Slight Vibration Noise from Fan
Conclusion: There are plenty of users out there looking to lower their temps for as little cash as possible, and the Zalman CNPS-9300 AT can get beginning overclockers started for about $50 USD . Bjorn3D’s Victor Wu recently reviewed an innovative cooling solution from SilenX that utilizes two fans, and its ambitious design breathes new life into the air cooler market for about the same amount of money.
Excerpt: We did not expect this. When we first got our hands on Zalman’s CNPS9300 AT, we assumed the company had pulled a “Honey, I Shrunk the CPU Cooler” on its flagship product, the bulky CNPS9700. That’s certainly true if you consider the tale of the tape: The CNPS9300 is 80 percent smaller than its big brother, and its total thermal dissipation area has been nearly halved, from 5,490cm 2 to 2,583cm 2 .
Pros: Amazing performance for its size; fan adjustable through the BIOS.
Cons: The installation process needs to be simplified.
Summary: The AMI BIOS on this motherboard allows for Smart Fan calibration, which tests the attached fan, determines its capabilities and makes a recommendation for power settings. The 1562/2368 detected min/max fan speed is within Zalman's claimed spec, and the suggested PWM values match those of the "Quiet" mode setting. The BIOS also has a "Performance" fan mode setting, which I will use for comparison.
Conclusion: While it might be damn noisy, the Zalman CNPS9300-AT is actually a pretty nice cooler. It performs well and looks great, and though it’s price isn’t exactly the best, there are much more expensive coolers out there, that perform worse than this one. While I can’t recommend it outright, it’s definately one to consider if you don’t have any qualms about a reasonably noisy cooler when things get hot under the collar.
Pros: Looks cool, Good performance, Easy installation.
Excerpt: Een tijdje geleden publiceerden we een grote vergelijkingstest van 61 CPU-koelers. In de tussentijd hebben we in ons testlab een vijftal nieuwe exemplaren ontvangen, die we natuurlijk direct op een identieke manier aan een test onderworpen hebben. In dit artikel bespreken we de Cooler Master V8, de Xigmatek EP-CD901/HDT-D1282/HDT-SD964 en de Zalman CNPS9300 AT.