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.
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.