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The 9900max is assuredly better looking than the original, and every benchmark I see of it shows it keeping up with an NH-D14 pretty well, or a megahalems, or armageddon. The "downside" is the "non-replaceable" fan. The same thing was said about Zalman's earlier GPU coolers (VF700 and 900 respectively). Anything can work given some time and ingenuity. The price is $80 for the 9900max...not exactly cheap, but cheaper than a Noctua. It seems to fit better, too. It's a tough choice, but if the OP is on a budget..they might want to consider good fans with the Hyper. It might be louder, but it can really keep a processor cool.

On a similar note, keep airflow in mind with any "tower" or upright heatsink, as the motherboard VRM or NB heatsinks may need a little air, too, and blowing air in line with case flow does little to help that. Case in point...my GB board can easily jump 20C while under load, and I have plenty of fans, and good airflow in my system.
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