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Zalman CNPS9900 MAX
7.2 out of 10

Zalman CNPS9900 MAX

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Reviews and Problems with Zalman CNPS9900 MAX

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Overall 4
4.0

I wanted to rate this product higher, but...

Kevin H., Newegg
11 January 2015
  • Summary: Is very large, but with a large case, it isn't a problem.
  • Pros: Looks good. Keeps the CPU cool. Definitely a powerful fan to accompany a good heat sink design. It works properly
  • Cons: I had the misfortune, like many other AMD owners, to receive an unfinished AMD bracket that made installation of the cooler a nightmare. I ended having to purchase longer screws and nuts from Lowe's to hold the CPU cooler to the motherboard after many disappointing hours of failed installation. I wanted to give this product a higher rating because it would have been great if everything worked as it should. It's very unfortunate that I, as well as many other customers ...
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Overall 4
4.0

Looks great but...

Christopher S., Newegg
2 December 2014
  • Summary: Graphics Card - Gigabyte GTX 970 4GB VRAM Processor - Intel Core i5-4690K Devil’s Canyon Quad-Core 3.5GHz Memory - 16GB DDR3 Patriot Viper 3 Low Profile SSD - 512GB Crucial MX100 Motherboard - ASUS Z97I-PLUS LGA 1150 ITX PSU - EVGA Supernova 750 G2 Fully Modular Heatsink - Enermax Black Twister Case - Rosewill Legacy U2-B-Window Case Fans - Aero Cool DS 120mm Black
  • Pros: -Looks awesome -Cools well enough -Not hard to install, just takes a little extra time
  • Cons: Fan wobbled back and forth so much I was concerned about the longevity of the whole thing. I really wanted to keep this heatsink for the looks, but performance and integrity cannot be sacrificed.
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Overall 4
4.0

Installation & Mounting from Hell

David H., Newegg
15 August 2014
  • Summary: One of the four mounting screws stripped completely before I could even tighten it down all the way. I can't be 100% sure that this is the cause, but my temps very unstable, and running a Prime95 test is causing my CPU to throttle itself down due to extreme temps. I'm sure this would make a great cooler for the money if it could even survive it's own installation.
  • Pros: -Looks good -Doesn't interfere with memory slots -Not too heavy
  • Cons: -Fan assembly can easily be bent out of place (or broken off entirely), also impossible to replace the fan alone -Installation instructions are not very clear -Mounting screws strip very easily, even with the provided allen wrench -Allen wrench does not clear the average motherboard heatsinks while tightening things down -Included TIM is low quality, feels like spreading silly putty onto your CPU (with about the same thermal conductivity)
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Overall 4
4.0

gets old fast

THOMAS B., Newegg
11 July 2014
  • Pros: cools very well
  • Cons: after just over a year, the fan is now out of balance and making a shuddering noise.
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Overall 4
4.0

Not such a long life...

Robert F., Newegg
4 July 2014
  • Pros: Works great until the bearings seize.
  • Cons: Because of it's size and weight installation could be easier, and once it's in it works great, until the "long life" bearings seize up in just under a year. I have had $10 oem cpu coolers last longer than this thing did. When you pay extra for something to last and it is marketed on that feature it should probably last longer than one year.
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Overall 4
4.0

grinders in the night

Charles E., Newegg
15 May 2014
  • Summary: I'm thinking i'm going to RMA this
  • Pros: it's big, it's shiney
  • Cons: it's big, the fan sounds like it's grinding on metal, it only came with three mount screws for amd but 9 for intel, and exceptionally hard to mount.
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Overall 4
4.0

Fan is great, mounting kit is NON VIABLE

Lee R., Newegg
9 May 2014
  • Pros: Very quiet. Keeps my FX-8350 at 108F with all 8 cores running full bore doing video transcoding. Using the stock fan for this CPU, the temperature was 150F and the computer sounded like a dust buster. This fan is a significant improvement in this regard. Nickle plating helps remove sharp edges on fins, making it less likely that someone will be cut. The blue color on the LED isn't super bright, but is a nice subdued blue.
  • Cons: UNABLE TO INSTALL USING INCLUDED BASE PLATE. I tried for over two hours to install this using the provide base plate and screw sets. The screws are simply not long enough to reach. I really have no how they expect anyone to mount this, at least on an AM3+ board, and I don't think things would be better on intel based boards. It is not possible to mount this fan to the provide base plate. You can get one screw to catch its threading, but that is all. My wife and I were...
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Overall 4
4.0

Ruined my impression of this company

Matthew J., Newegg
28 February 2014
  • Summary: So, after 4 hours of working on this thing trying to get it to fit into my AM3 socket mobo, following the guide step-by-step in exact detail I had no luck. The "AMD clips" were too impossibly high up to ever meet the bolts coming up from the custom backplate. I did some research on this and it Turns out that this company has been known to ship these things with defective socket clips, they were apparently supposed to be bent at a deep angle allowing it to be mounted with...
  • Pros: Looks solid, not too huge.
  • Cons: Never got to use it Was sold a defective product
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Overall 4
4.0

Long-Term Owner

Anonymous, Newegg
6 January 2014
  • Summary: Skip this scrapmetal unless you're under 95w tdp and can deal with the bloodloss.
  • Pros: Can cool chips under 95 tdp fairly well.
  • Cons: Heaven help you if you pass 95 watts, or try to install this metallic abomination more than twice. The screws will strip, your fingers will bleed and the performance will be less than you expect for your hard fought fifty dollars. This thing is nothing short of a shuriken-esque nightmare for your fingers if you plan on going near ANYTHING from AMD with it. Yes. you're going to be cut. yes, you're going to get mad. and yes, you're probably going to have to take two tri...
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Overall 4
4.0

Very Displeased

Nathan P., Newegg
22 November 2013
  • Summary: Might be fine for cooling a cpu at stock settings if you never want to remove it for any reason.
  • Pros: It's pretty.
  • Cons: I have never been this unhappy with a component before. This cooler does not perform as well as other less expensive ones. Furthermore, while it isn't hard to get it installed, removing it is a much larger pain. The design choices are terrible, from the use of quick-to-melt double-sided tape (to hold the backing to the motherboard) to the use of easily stripped hexagonal screws (even mild force can destroy the hexagonal holes). After intial installment I found I was n...
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