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Zalman CNPS9900 MAX CPU Cooler Review
If it wasn’t just because of the CNPS10X Extreme CPU Cooler, I’d say Zalman definitively bets to produce coolers based on their unique design. I can really argue on how full tower coolers can be better for extreme overclockers or people who just want to push their hardware to the limits in non-extreme conditions. So let me start this review going 2 weeks back in time when I received the Zalman CNPS9900 MAX. Of course I was thinking this could be a good cooler, but I really couldn’t think on how it could compete in the major leagues. Some days after that, we received a “reviewer’s guide”, with detailed features and comparisons about this new product. I started reading it when I got surprised; there was a chart comparing the CNPS9900 MAX against the Thermalright Venomous X full-tower cooler and the CNPS10X too, and the CNPS9900 MAX was showing the best performance among the competition. Of course, being this from the manufacturer, I needed to take it with a grain of salt, but I was just ready to try and obtain similar results, or simply explain how sad reality is in this article. Additionally, the Venomous X was tested with an ADDA AD1212HF-A7BGL fan spinning at 2,200rpm and moving 85CFM.
OK, so that’s how I got really interested on testing the Zalman CNPS9900 MAX, as Zalman had some very convincing features including 3 heat-pipes being equivalent to 6 (U-shaped) heat-pipes, a 135mm fan, and a very appealing black-pearl nickel plating including a mirror-finished base. Also, Zalman is launching a new heat-pipe design which is supposed to be 50% more effective in heat transfer compared to ordinary heat-pipes. Through my review, I’ll test the CNPS9900 MAX against the very popular Prolimatech Megashadow, and a pair of dual-tower heatsinks: the Cogage Arrow (pretty much the same as the new TR Silver Arrow) and the Noctua NH-D14. Before starting, let me get things straight. Don’t expect tons of charts with different fans as the CNPS9900 doesn’t have the ability to change its fan. However, keep in mind this CPU heatsink utilizes a 135mm fan (while other normally support 120mm fans) and it’s said to work at 1500 and 1700 rpm as shown in the specifications below. You can’t install a second fan either, but I’ll test with 2 different CFM configurations; one quiet and another one not very quiet, but enough to move similar CFM as the fan shipped with the CNPS9900 MAX. For more detailed information about our testing methodology please read the next pages.
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Hey, the 480 is a pretty good card, you can almost cook your breakfast on it. If your cholesterol isn’t too high and you really push the 480, I’d bet you could break out some strips of bacon and turn your gaming rig into a sort of entertainment system/oven.
But if applying strips of bacon to your graphics card isn’t appealing, and you’re more interested in cooling your beer on it, then Zalman might just have the solution for you. For the past 11 years the South Korean company has been making really effective after-market cooling solutions aimed at gaming rigs. In the spotlight right now is their VF3000F GPU cooler. If you’re not afraid to get out your screwdriver and remove the heat-sink that came with your Nvidia card, Zalman thinks it can turn your GTX 480 from a hot-water bottle into a milk-shake.
The cooler consists of a copper heat sink that sits on top of your GPU, then uses copper pipes to transfer heat into a large grill above, which is then cooled by 2 fans blowing cold air to dissipate heat away from the processor. Tech Gage has a review of the previous model, the VF3000N. This model is very similar to the F version, even though it’s designed for previous GTX cards.
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