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Zalman CNPS9900 LED CPU Cooler

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Zalman's CNPS9900 LED is their newest all copper model in the CNPS series. A silent 120 mm blue LED fan has been placed between two arrays of pure copper fins. With exceptional performance and amazing looks, the CNPS9900 LED is a great CPU cooler if you can justify spending $79 for a CPU cooler.

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Nice review I like how Zalman changed the mounting system from the 9700. I like the 4 screw system because it's much easier to deal with than the 9700.
 
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Excellent Review Pinchy! At first I thought the fan shourd would help the air flow over the heatsink more, but I guess thats not the case. In theory shouldn't the shroud provide air flow direction?
One last question, do you think it is compatible with most Mid-Tower cases? Would there be any clearance questions with any "average" sized cases?

Either way it sounds like this is a nice cooler over all.
 
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Wow that is nice! I'm going to go find one and buy it!
 
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Just imagine this thing with a direct touch heat pipes.

I bet it would lower the temp by 5c or more just if they added that technology.
 
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For the price I think I'll just move onto some WCing. It is a nice looking HSF though.
 
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Just imagine this thing with a direct touch heat pipes.

I bet it would lower the temp by 5c or more just if they added that technology.
Just what I was thinking. I wonder why they didn't do that?

I like the brushable thermal paste as compared to the syringe. It seems it would spread it nice and thin much easier
 
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Just what I was thinking. I wonder why they didn't do that?

I like the brushable thermal paste as compared to the syringe. It seems it would spread it nice and thin much easier
Probably patents and cost savings reasons... Although they are typically overpriced anyway.
 

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Nice review pinchy, and nice product zalman looks good and works better, As for the price you get what you pay for.
 

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#10
looks like a damn good cooler...

off topic:
PINCHY! i thought you had died. what's going on, man?
 

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When I look at CPU coolers, I go straight to the performance tab :roll:
 

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Higher is better

Higher is better should be lower is better in the performance charts. ;)
 
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is it universal socket? i prefer to buy an AM2+ mobo next week..hope i can build my dragon platform with this one,

cheers everyone..
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Nicely done!
Looks like a decent cooler.
 

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Thanks for comments + diggs :)

Excellent Review Pinchy! At first I thought the fan shourd would help the air flow over the heatsink more, but I guess thats not the case. In theory shouldn't the shroud provide air flow direction?
One last question, do you think it is compatible with most Mid-Tower cases? Would there be any clearance questions with any "average" sized cases?

Either way it sounds like this is a nice cooler over all.
I am unsure why the shroud doesnt help. It could possibly be that there is less airflow as I think the fan takes air from around it as well as behind it (if the shroud was on, it can only take air from behind it...through a block of fins and that single heatpipe). Also size-wise, it should be able to fit into any mid atx case just fine but for the smaller cases, you may have to remove the side panel fan.

Higher is better should be lower is better in the performance charts. ;)
Thanks for picking that up...I didn't even notice!

Now fixed ;)

is it universal socket? i prefer to buy an AM2+ mobo next week..hope i can build my dragon platform with this one,

cheers everyone..
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Yep it has different brackets/clips included for AM2+.

looks like a damn good cooler...

off topic:
PINCHY! i thought you had died. what's going on, man?
LOL Im on holidays atm ;) (Have been since two days after Christmas!). Doing a review on a rainy day didnt sound like a bad idea :p. Im only "borrowing" :)D) neighbours internet to check TPU every now and then, check emails and post reviews lol.


Also FYI to anyone who has noticed temps changed dramatically since the last review; The CPU has changed from an e6750 to an e8500. Every cooler has been rebenchmarked for accuracy.
 
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Thanks man, great review! I look forward to more!!!
 
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Woot going to pick one up now.
 
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I just bought the 9500A and now this comes out....Damn! Its similar to the Asus Silent Knight, but with a way better design.
 

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Good review as always. (that's why TPU is the place to be for all your tech needs!)

Back to the cooler...its far too expensive and to be honest, Zalman often ride on their fame of yester-year.
I have a Scythe Ninja rev 2 and a Xigmatek HDT1283 and they both will outperform this cooler with the Xiggy being considerably cooler then both the Zalman and the Scythe.

Save your money, stop buying eye-candy (if you must buy eye-candy, look into p0rn) and get this cooler instead. HERE FOR DUAL'S | HERE FOR QUAD'S
 

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Good review as always. (that's why TPU is the place to be for all your tech needs!)

Back to the cooler...its far too expensive and to be honest, Zalman often ride on their fame of yester-year.
I have a Scythe Ninja rev 2 and a Xigmatek HDT1283 and they both will outperform this cooler with the Xiggy being considerably cooler then both the Zalman and the Scythe.

Save your money, stop buying eye-candy (if you must buy eye-candy, look into p0rn) and get this cooler instead. HERE FOR DUAL'S | HERE FOR QUAD'S
I wouldnt be too sure about the Xiggy beating it as on other sites I have looked at, the Core Contact Freezer does around what the Xiggy does and this seems to do better. That being said, different reviewers use different ambients, I know my control is relatively high, and I know coolers do slightly different at different ambients. (Some coolers dont do as well under a higher ambient, for example).

That being said tho, it i definately overpriced.
 

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Guess they got tired of getting their ass kicked by the DHT of Xigmatek and the like and by the TT Duo Orb. It kind of has the feel of the Duo Orb to it though.
 
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#24
Thanks for the review!

I have one question only, how does this cooler compare to Zalman's previous top of the line model, the 9700?

Thanks! :D
 

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The review over xbit labs shows that it doesnt even beat the age old SI128 from thermalright, yet the review i see here seem its like a pretty decent performer.