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Zalman CNPS9900 MAX
7.3 out of 10

Zalman CNPS9900 MAX

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Reviews and Problems with Zalman CNPS9900 MAX

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Overall 8
8.0

Rage inducing install

Daniel T., Newegg
2 weeks ago
  • Summary: The best way to install this cooler is to uninstall the motherboard out of its case and use the short end of the allen wrench perpendicularly to the board. it also helps to have clamps or a friend to keep everything in place.
  • Pros: Super quiet. LED fan looks great in see through and windowed cases. Plenty of surface area to dissipate heat. comes with a ton of thermal compound. prevents that annoying cpu fan rev up when booting.
  • Cons: The thing is all but impossible to install correctly if the motherboard is already inside a case. getting it on this way without breaking the delicate thermal grease seal is like nailing warm jello to a tree. the manual instructs that the allen wrench be angled using the rounded end to screw the ...
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

Colin G., Newegg
28 April 2015
  • Summary: Another thought on the installation process, in addition to what I wrote a page or two back. It might be obvious to most, but just in case this fan CAN be installed backwards. The manual doesn't do a very good job distinguishing this, again in my opinion, and I only knew of this because of an...
  • Pros: I did a review at the tail end of 2014, November time frame I believe, and I wanted to give an update as to my experience with this product now that I've had time to properly assess it's capabilities. Firstly, temperatures remain very satisfactory with an average of 30C at idle and barely topping...
  • Cons: The fan has become louder over the past few months, to the point where it's fairly obvious when it's speeding up to combat an increase in heat. That said, I expect a fan to make noise and frankly am comforted to know that it's spinning at high RPMs in order to keep my stuff cool. But, even I have...
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Overall 8
8.0

Good air flow, hard to install.

Joshua D., Newegg
4 April 2015
  • Summary: The quality of this heatsink is awesome. It works as amazing as it looks and Im overall happy with it. The downside I had with it was despite following the instructions to a T (and installing outside the case) it was a ***** to screw in.
  • Pros: *Quality product *Great cooling *Super silent even without 'quite mode' cord
  • Cons: *Heavy *Super hard to install on a Asus Hero VII 1150 socket
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Overall 8
8.0

Larger than it looks but still great!

Taylor H., Newegg
25 February 2015
  • Pros: Works very well and is easier than some CPU coolers to install.
  • Cons: The back mounting bracket bolt restrainers (c-clamp like things) can be a bit difficult to attach.
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Overall 8
8.0

Revisit 8 Core AMD Chips

Dion M., Newegg
12 January 2015
  • Pros: Nice blue, silent series fan.
  • Cons: The AMD/AM3 bracket screws were not long enough. Just a few millimeters too short for the FX 8350 8 Core chip.
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Overall 8
8.0

best looking performance cooler

Raymond M., Newegg
11 January 2015
  • Summary: I can't really comment on the quality of the thermal compound, because I used a compound from another manufacturer.
  • Pros: •of all the top performance coolers, this is the best looking one, in my opinion •not too huge, especially considering the cooling performance. I doubt that anyone will have GPU/RAM clearance issues with this
  • Cons: •fan is rather loud at medium to high speed - it is very noticeable with the current trend of bottom mounted PSUs. It is much less noticeable with a top mounted PSU, but still louder than other good alternatives. •fan is not swappable •mounting system isn't great. It uses double side tape to hold...
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Overall 8
8.0

Cools I7 4930k nicely watch out with screws

Doug B., Newegg
31 December 2014
  • Summary: When upgrading the processor I stripped the screws trying to remove the fan. Current one was out of warranty since I had bought it in February 2012. Ordered a new one while in the mean time I would reach out to Zalman to get or purchase some replacement screws.
  • Pros: Kept an I7 3820 cool in the low 80s and after upgrading to a I7 4930k temps average in the high 80s. Does a good job with keeping processor cool under normal loads. Loading up a Server 2008 R2 VM and a Win 10 Technical Preview VM during review and temp only rose a few degrees. Never went above 11...
  • Cons: With the size of the fan the screws can easily get stripped. Zalman customer service.
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Overall 8
8.0

Great cooler

Alexandr S., Newegg
26 December 2014
  • Pros: Installation took time , but I did it on new build and MOBO was outside the case and I had no big issues. EXCEPT one: Manual says install it with thin heat-sink facing rear fan, BUT IT IS WRONG, it should be vice versa. So I had to repeat installation again because the air was blowing towards fro...
  • Cons: Mistake in manual
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Overall 8
8.0

Keep CPU cool, hard to install

MY H., Newegg
13 December 2014
  • Summary: Light is so dim, I wonder if mine was infected or not?
  • Pros: cool, good air flow for the upper part of the case 25 degree when idle 50~55 when load
  • Cons: Hard to install included screwdriver is bad
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

Eric H., Newegg
10 December 2014
  • Summary: CPU temp is about 48F idle, 105F max while gaming. It says it's for AM3+, but the AMD clips provided do not angle down like the pictures show in the instructions. I was able to install it by using the stock back plate and longer screws that would reach from the clips to the back plate.
  • Pros: - Quieter than most coolers I've used - High quality - 135mm fan - Good airflow - Does not block memory slots
  • Cons: - Very hard to install - Had to take out the motherboard to install - Kind of heavy
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