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Zalman CNPS9900 MAX

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Overall 8
8.0

Zalman CNPS9900 MAX CPU Cooler Review

ThinkComputers
16 May 2011
  • Summary: Conclusion The Zalman CNPS9900 MAX CPU cooler is a decent CPU cooler. It’s got good looks with the nickel plated design and blue or red LEDs for the fan, but I was sort of surprised to see the results of the testing. It’s been a while since I last reviewed a Zalman CPU cooler and quite frankly I was expecting more cooling performance it. Then again you have to take into account its rather small design and only single fan cooling.
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Zalman CNPS 9900 MAX review

The Guru of 3D
19 April 2011
  • Summary: With the CNPS 9900 MAX, Zalman managed to surprise me. These coolers are based on an old concept introduced a long time ago, and thought the 9900 series never left the market, I was not expecting to see a performance level this good. So yeah, the concept is still working really well. The dilemma anno 2010 though is that some people will dislike the sheer design/looks of the unit.
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Expert Review

Silent PC
27 February 2011
  • Summary: When Zalman released the CNPS10X line, we expected the long-lived flower heatsink design to walk off into the sunset for a well-deserved retirement. The CNPS9000 series has failed to perform effectively against conventional tower coolers produced by the competition. The CNPS9900 MAX was a surprise in that a new iteration was introduced at all, especially with so little improvement over the last version.
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Expert Review

Igniq.com
25 February 2011
  • Conclusion: OK, so that’s how I got really interested on testing the Zalman CNPS9900 MAX, as Zalman had some very convincing features including 3 heat-pipes being equivalent to 6 (U-shaped) heat-pipes, a 135mm fan, and a very appealing black-pearl nickel plating including a mirror-finished base. Also, Zalman is launching a new heat-pipe design which is supposed to be 50% more effective in heat transfer compared to ordinary heat-pipes.
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Zalman CNPS9900 MAX CPU Cooler Review

Hardware Secrets
20 January 2011
  • Summary: The Zalman CNPS9900 MAX is a very beautiful cooler, moving apart from the ubiquitous "tower" design, giving your computer a unique looks. Its fan has discrete red LEDs (it can also come with blue LEDs), which you can barely see during day time, but it doesn't glow too much in dark enviroments. Besides being a very nice-looking CPU cooler, its strong point is its performance, on the same level of the best air coolers we tested to date.
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Overall 10
10

Zalman CNPS9900 Max Review

maximum pc
13 January 2011
  • Summary: Whatever the reason, we’re pleased to welcome Zalman back into the top ranks of air-cooling. Our only complaint concerns the tricky installation process—Prolimatech’s approach is still vastly superior. At $80, the CNPS9900 Max is a bit on the pricey side, but for top-tier performance in a familiar (yet not skyscraper-shaped) package, we’ll spring for it.
  • Pros: Top-tier performance; quiet; good looks; less sharp than its predecessor.
  • Cons: Frustrating install; proprietary bolts.
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Overall 9
9.1

Expert Review

FrostyTech
24 December 2010
  • Summary: The CNPS9900 Max heatsink has a total heat dissipation surface area on the order of 5402cm2, stands 150mm tall and weighs 755 grams. The manufacturer claims max heat capacity is a whopping 300W! CPU compatibility extends to Intel socket 775/1155/1156/1366 and AMD socket AM2/AM3 processors.
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Overall 8
7.9

Zalman CNPS9900 MAX

techPowerUp!
20 December 2010
  • Summary: With the CNPS9900 MAX, Zalman made another attempt to show that its copper fin ring type heatsinks are still competent in handling thermal loads of today's CPUs, and still competitive with the tower-type heatsinks that are pretty-much the norm these days. This, even after the company itself took a dip into the tower-type design with the CNPS 10 series.
  • Pros: Decent Performance, Plenty of directed air "spill" that cools northbridge heatsink and VRM, Support Intel and AMD sockets, Fixed fan, no fan-installation steps, Perfect clearance with memory, VRM and northbridge areas, Included voltage-based fan-speed reduction cable, Thermal compound supplied in syringe, Fan illumination is soft and pleasant, not too bright
  • Cons: Price needs to be lower, Some installation steps complicated, Fan very loud at full-speed, Unique fan, can't get a spare one after the included one's life runs out, No provisions to attach additional or third-party fans
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Overall 9
8.9
Value for money 9
8.5
Performance 9
9.0
Construction 9
8.5
Functionality 9
9.0
Appearance 10
9.5

Zalman CNPS9900 MAX 135mm CPU Cooler

Benchmark Reviews
4 December 2010
  • Conclusion: Please remember that these test results reflect our experience with each cooler on a specific motherboard, with a specific processor, BIOS revision, and test programs. That said, the ranking produced by these tests is accurate and gives a good idea how the coolers will perform relative to one another on any given system.
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Zalman CNPS9900 MAX

Bjorn3d.com
3 December 2010
  • Conclusion: The Zalman CNPS9900 Max is a nice looking cooler with its “Black Pearl” nickel plated finish. It has a very good construction with solid feels and excellent packaging. The performance of the Zalman CNPS9900 Max is competitive against the Prolimatech Megahalem and the Noctua NH-D14 under stock CPU clockspeed. Unfortunately, the heatsink falls slightly behind these competitors when the processor is overclocked.
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