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.
The 9900LED doesn’t put out a lot of light, it has a low-level blue glow, just enough to highlight it in a windowed case.
Though I’ve been around PCs since their beginning, I’ve only been building for just over seven years. But in that time, I’ve seen enough hardware that I really take note of truly innovative products, they get fewer and fewer as time goes on. The Zalman CNPS 9900LED is definitely innovative enough to hold my attention.
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
Pros: *coolpasta included, *stil, *blauwe LED verlichting, *grote is beperkt waardoor je niet één van je geheugenslots hoeft te verliezen (zoals by sommige koelers), *installatie voor AMD sockets is zeer makkelijk, *mooi design
Cons: *de prijs misschien maar dan is 9700 een mooi alternatief