Excerpt: The CNPS line takes chances in idea and design, especially when it comes to the new CNPS9900 cooler. Not that I am not a fan of the typical flower design we have seen from Zalman, but there is a time when one must move forward. With the competitive nature of the market, this is most definitely true with cooling technology.
Summary: The Zalman CNPS9900 LED CPU Cooler is fairly large measuring 94(L) x 140(W) x 158.5(H) mm and weighs 782g. So when transporting the case be careful, otherwise it might damage the motherboard and/or the CPU. The heatsink is 100% copper with a dual heatsink tunnel design which comes with 268 pure copper fines. These fins are connected to the large heatpipes which connect into a solid base.
Excerpt: The Zalman CNPS9900 LED cooler can be summed up rather easily. If you in the market for a good looking and extremely quiet cooler and won't be overclocking and moving you computer around much, then this cooler should be considered.
Summary: It had been a while since we've had a Zalman CPU cooler on our test bench, and just like most Zalman coolers we've tested in the past, the CNPS9900 LED didn't disappoint. The CNPS9900 LED has a very attractive design, and can still perform very well, all while reducing noise thanks to its nice and quiet fan.
Pros: Good Performance, Easy Installation, Unique and Attractive Design, Intel i7 Compatible
Conclusion: The performance of the CNPS9900LED CPU cooler is on par from what we expect from a great company like Zalman, from the perfectly polished CPU coolers base to the evenly spaced fins on the cooler itself. It is not just the performance of this CPU cooler that separates it from the rest, it is how Zalman put it all together. It is that they did it with style.
Excerpt: When Zalman told us its new CNPS9900 LED was the best CPU air cooler ever, we took the news with a grain of salt. For more than a year, the company’s CNPS9700 LED had been our top air cooler, until Thermaltake’s DuOrb usurped Zalman’s place at the top of the heap in our July 2008 issue. Can the CNPS9900 retake the cooling throne for Zalman? In a word, yes.
Pros: Powerful performance, slightly easier install. Includes Socket 1366 bracket.
Cons: Intel install still requires mobo removal; fins may draw blood from careless users.
Summary: Zalman has once again designed something nice, something unique and certainly something aesthetically pleasing. Overall cooling performance surely is good, however in the very high-end enthusiast overclocking segment the cooler seems to forfeit on its cooling performance somewhat, unless you are willing to forfeit on noise levels.
And that's a little strange as I'm not used to that from Zalman, especially at this price-level.
Summary: Zalman have done an amazing job with the CNPS9900 LED. It is a near perfect CPU cooler; performance is amazing, it is near silent, it looks great, it has a blue LED fan, its easy to install and has support for many sockets. The only problem with it is its high price tag.
The CNPS9900 LED has a very simplistic installation design which uses a few included clips and screws.
Pros: Excellent performance, Quiet with fan at 100%, Looks great, Easy installation, Supports both Intel and AMD, Support for Intel's LGA 1366, Blue LEDs on fan, Full copper, Included bottle of thermal compound, Hot air exhausts out of the case, PWM fan
Cons: Very expensive!, Motherboard must be removed for installation, No fan controller
Excerpt: Jan 2, 2009 by Lawrence Lee Product Zalman CNPS9900 LED LGA775/K8 CPU Cooler Manufacturer Zalman Tech Co. Street Price ?? Probably US$70~90 POSTSCRIPT : Zalman CNPS9900 LED Unshrouded added Jan 9, 2009 (page 8) Zalman has been sort of coasting since the then-unique and effective CNPS7000 CPU cooler. They made small alterations at first, making a larger version with a bigger fan, then moved to translucent fans, to scatter LED lighting.