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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. Zalman's CNPS9900 MAX performs well in keeping idle and load temperatures in check, with performance in league with today's tower-type heatsinks. It scores very high in aesthetics, with its original design, soft-glow fan, and zero-interference with memory, VRM, and northbridge areas of the motherboard

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do not want......
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I don't get why there's so much interest in that thing... that type of cooler design does NOT keep up with even inexpensive tower coolers on multi-core CPUs.
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Sorry zalman, but ewwww. Marketing won't be able to pull this one off.
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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.

But then again not really ..
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Looks good but this design and performance does really not cut it for that price.
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post #7 of 53
Zalman needs to redesign their whole cooling products.

If only they'd jump into the jet plate waterblocks, I'm sure they'd be capable of making something epic.

Looks good but performs not so good. As always in the CNPS series.
   
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post #8 of 53
vapor chamber towers imo
post #9 of 53
Come on Zalman. Always one step behind for a win. If they had gone with 4 heatpipes in a two fan push/pull configuration, bet its performance would shine.
post #10 of 53
Performance isn't too bad, but quite a bit louder than the others they tested. For the price, it isn't going to sale that well against others in the same price bracket. If not for the performance, noise will hurt sales.
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