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ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-R 135mm Long life bearing CPU Cooler Red LED

  • RC7P Connected: 900 1,500 rpm ±10%; RC7P Not Connected: 900 1,700 rpm ±10%
  • RC7P Connected: 18 - 27 dBA ±10%; RC7P Not Connected: 18 - 30 dBA ±10%
  • Pure Copper/Black-Pearl Nickel Plated
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The Zalman CNPS9900 MAX-R combines some of the most advanced technologies in the market used for CPU coolers to create powerful cooling performance. The CPU cooler utilizes composite heatpipe which is 50% more effective in transferring heat compared to ordinary heatpipes. Combined with a whisper-quiet 135 mm red LED PWM fan positioned between two massive nickel plated pure copper heatsinks, the CNPS9900 MAX-R is more than enough to satisfy overclockers and users who are looking for ultra powerful cooling performance in silent operation.

  • newegg Powerful Cooling Performance [Qmax: 300W] Optimally designed pure copper fins effectively disperse heat away from the CPU via composite heatpipes, while the high capacity 135mm fan quickly cools the heatsink for stable operation of high performance CPUs.
  • newegg Ultra Quiet 135mm Red LED Fan An ultra quiet 135mm fan is incorporated for minimized noise while the red LEDs heighten the cool aesthetics.
  • newegg Black-Pearl Nickel Plating The entire copper heatsink of CNPS9900 MAX-R is ‘Black-Pearl’ Nickel Plated for long-term corrosion resistance, while the deep ‘Black-Pearl’ tone along with the high intensity red LEDs reinforce its powerful aesthetics.
  • newegg PWM Fan Speed Control The PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) fan automatically adjusts fan speed according to the CPU’s temperature, while the included Resistor Cable (RC7P) provides the option of reducing the input voltage for overall reduction of fan speed and noise.
  • newegg High Performance Super Thermal Grease ZM-STG2 The included all new high performance thermal grease ZM-STG2 maximizes heat transfer from the CPU to the base of CPU cooler for intensified cooling performance.
  • newegg Versatile Compatibility The CNPS9900 MAX-R accommodates a broad range of CPU sockets including Intel LGA1156 / 1366 / 775 and AMD AM3 / AM2+ / AM2.

Learn more about the Zalman Tech Co., Ltd CNPS9900MAX-R

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year

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  • Daniel T.
  • 5/20/2015 12:19:43 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsRage inducing install

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 screws in which need to be at a 90 degree angle to the board so they will properly make contact with the female ends which will fall out if not being held in place(which is difficult in and of itself to maneuver with a heavy case in your lap) . It's also much taller than it looks and needs a larger case to fit properly.

Other Thoughts: 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.

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  • Kirk L.
  • 4/30/2015 12:46:08 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMeets Zalman Quality Standards

Pros: *Large surface area keeps processor cool without overworking the fan.
*CPU runs at least 20 degrees centigrade cooler than the stock heat-sink.

Zalman coolers are among the best air cooled solutions out there, this product does live up to the cooling standard.

Cons: *Instructions are a bit confusing; it should go without saying, but take your time installing and don't force the cooler onto the CPU.
*Nickle plating, though ascetically pleasing, offers no benefit compared with the pure copper alternative.

Other Thoughts: If I have some advise to offer after installing this cooler its this, insert the mounting pegs before sliding on the plastic cap over the peg. When secured on a LGA 1150 board, the mounting screw will be flush with the mounting peg (make sure your using the correct screw as there are 3 varieties provided).

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  • Colin G.
  • 4/28/2015 1:21:51 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

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 out at 40C, even during CPU intensive programs. Haven't had any issues with the LED or fans themselves; they continue to operate quite well, though the LED hasn't gotten any brighter. Still very dim. Dust has accumulated on the fans and heatsink fins, however are fairly easily disposed of with compressed air if attended to quick enough.

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 to draw the line somewhere, and I gotta say it's sorta distracting at times. It started out very quiet but over a somewhat short amount of time, four or five months, it has already started to become noticeable.

Not a total buzz kill, so I remain giving this 4/5 eggs. But I still consider it noteworthy for other potential buyers.

Other Thoughts: 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 instructional Youtube video. If that was painfully obvious to CPU fan installers, disregard that completely.

Secondly, I know some reviewers were noting that the top brace, the one surrounding the processor, doesn't screw in flush to the motherboard, as is the case with several other manufacturers. I was concerned as well until I realized that this is how the thing was designed. It looks odd but is completely normal for operation.

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  • Michael W.
  • 4/24/2015 8:00:26 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSeriously Cool

Pros: Extremely Cool Looking
Easy to Install
Performs well

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Definitely worth your money.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/17/2015 2:34:44 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsawesome cooler!

Pros: I got this over 2 years ago and no problems except the fan recently started rattling. I contacted customer service and got a replacement fan in the post in under a week for less than 10usd.

Cons: I wouldn't even consider the fan an issue because the gf has two cats and the hair gets everywhere even inside the computer with a filter on intake -.-

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  • Joshua D.
  • 4/4/2015 11:55:41 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood air flow, hard to install.

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

Other Thoughts: 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. The B-type screws included could barely reach the nuts/the nuts didnt extend far enough through the mobo cpu mounting holes to screw in easily, quite a bit of force (not TOO excessive but much much more than any CPU cooler Ive installed before) was needed to mount.

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  • Lee C.
  • 3/5/2015 10:43:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsReliable, performs

Pros: When properly installed, with a good seat and the right paste, this thing does silently what many can't do while making a racket. It's been on my Phenom II x4 955 BE @4.0ghz for five years, going on six. That chip stocks at 3.2, had to bump the volts and it still handles the heat. idles at 32C, normal operation at 40, Prime95 never goes above 52c. Got a scythe 120 slipstream on the back that no doubt helps, but it can't move heat that stays on the chip. If you can fit it, it's worth it.

Cons: It's large, bit heavy, so make sure everything is secured before tipping tower upright. Um, gets dusty? Hard to find cons, it's got one job: cool the cpu. It does it brilliantly.

Other Thoughts: Going water on my new build, but if that doesn't please, ordering another one of these. The first is staying with the original build, going to a friend.

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  • HONG L.
  • 3/1/2015 7:49:31 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsgood products but i don't know why they are send me a rebates.

Pros: quite good looking, nice cooler, stay cool

Cons: very hard to install, rebate is not still here yet
(over 3month)

Other Thoughts: too expansive without rebate

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  • Kyle K.
  • 2/27/2015 1:02:36 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Great cooling. Great price. Unique look.

Cons: Not being made anymore?

Other Thoughts: I purchased the last CNPS9900MAX Newegg had, and I doubt they'll be restocked. I feel privileged to to own a Zalman cooler before they're gone (forever?) Thank you Zalman for an awesome cooler; I hope you continue to release new and innovate products for many years to come.

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  • Taylor H.
  • 2/25/2015 4:29:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsLarger than it looks but still great!

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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