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Zalman CNPS9900 MAX
6.9 out of 10

Zalman CNPS9900 MAX

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Overall 8
8.0

Works Great, Very Quiet, Be Careful While Installing.

Stephen W., Newegg
23 March 2016
  • Pros: I barely hear it. It looks great. Keeps everything cool.
  • Cons: Installation is difficult. The manual has wrong instructions. It will say to install with either the thinner or thicker heat sink towards the rear exhaust fan. That will have the fan blowing away from the rear exhaust. Just look at the fan on the cooler to figure out which way air flow is going.
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Overall 8
8.0

big f cpu cooler

joe n., Newegg
20 March 2016
Overall 8
8.0

Doesn't wash Dishes.

Ray Moats, Amazon
28 February 2016
  • Summary: Installed on: i5-6600 @ Stock MSI Gaming M3 Z170 Motherboard Works flawless. Dropped idle temps from 40C to 20C. The biggest problem I had installing was holding the bottom "nuts" in place during installation, and the tool that came with stripped out on the first screw.
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Overall 8
8.0

Great looking product, and also keeps temps down

Ronald G., Newegg
9 January 2016
  • Summary: Make sure to install the bolts first then the plastic clips! Make sure to take your time when tightening the screws, alternate each tightness like you were putting on a car tire. Love it now that its in!
  • Pros: Looks great Keeps my overclocked i5 cool
  • Cons: Not the best instructions The screw heads are of a softer metal, can be easy to strip
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

Andrew N., Newegg
2 November 2015
  • Summary: Bought this back in Apr 2012 and it has lasted up until Oct 2015 before the fan speed began to stay down around 500 even when the CPU is under a load. Would say it was worth the money back when I bought it.
  • Pros: Efficient cooling. Quiet enough to where I never realized it was running even when CPU was under load.
  • Cons: Bulky to where I had to break a plastic portion of my case to get it to fit. Had to swap out for longer screws to install with the bracket for my AMD processor.
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Overall 8
8.0

Better than stock

Joseph H., Newegg
10 September 2015
  • Summary: Aside from taking some time to install, the HSF is rather fragile. Those individuals that like to rip and jam parts in quickly will find that this HSF solution will infuriate them.
  • Pros: BBQ, I like bar-b-que, but this is more Big Beefy and Quiet. I just purchased an 88 Watt i7 Devils Canyon 1150. The stock HSF solution was quite aggravating due to the fan noise. So I opted for something I knew was good. You can use the in-line resistor mod, but in my experience its been silly an...
  • Cons: Install was also a bit of a chore. While the 1150 instructions are not explicitly listed, you follow them for the 1155 socket. There was a point where I had to look at the example three four times, even after pulling all the parts out and laying them out for the process. The included long-shaft b...
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Overall 8
8.0

Quiet, keeps the CPU cool....but installation: yikes!

Michael J., Newegg
14 August 2015
  • Summary: Installing it was a bugger, like many reviews noted, so I docked a star. However, for the price ($20 after sale and rebate) I'll deal with some installation headaches.
  • Pros: - VERY quiet, I really like the resistor that limits the RPM (I don't OC, don't really need the extra oomph) - Looks really sharp - Keeps everything nice and cool.
  • Cons: - Installation. This was used on an Asus A88X-Plus MB and AMD Athlon 860K. I think it would be easier if they supplied mounting screws that were a few mm longer.
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Overall 8
8.0

Manual error for orientation

David H., Newegg
1 August 2015
  • Pros: I've owned various Zalman coolers for years now. Bought this one for my new 2011V3 build with Corsair Dominator DDR4 that comes with the clip-on coolers, as it is thin enough to use the clip-ons on both sides of the CPU. My original choice - the Noctua NHD14 - was too large. Zalman looks better a...
  • Cons: The manual is wrong - says to orient the cooler so that the thinner side faces the rear, but the picture next to the text shows the airflow passing from the thinner side to the thicker side. So obviously you want to orient it with the thinner side facing the front of the case, to avoid conflictin...
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Overall 8
8.0

Quiet but bent

Nathan C., Newegg
27 July 2015
  • Summary: The installation instructions are real dumb. Do yourself a favor and look up a youtube video first. You'll save a ton of time.
  • Pros: Looks cool, stays cool, super quiet.
  • Cons: The fan is situated between the two fin assemblies. On my item, the fan was tilted and a little off center. Not so much so that the fan contacted the fins, but it came really close. I had to remove the bracket that holds the fan in place, bend the metal a bit, and reinstall to get the fan to sit ...
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Overall 8
8.0

Great Fan, PITA to install

Ronald F., Newegg
12 June 2015
  • Pros: Cool, quiet, the red lighting is nice.
  • Cons: Installation was a nightmare.
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