Summary: And the amount of force we applied to the screws on the CNPS9300’s retention bar to affix it to the mounting bracket had us seriously concerned about the welfare of our processor. Because of the CNPS9300’s installation shortcomings, the DuOrb remains our reigning cooler of choice, despite its gargantuan size. We love the performance Zalman has achieved with its mini-cooler. Attaching it to our CPU is where we start to sweat.
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.