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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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  • Joseph H.
  • 9/10/2015 6:20:21 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsBetter than stock

Pros: BBQ, I like bar-b-que, but this is more Big Beefy and Quiet.

I just purchased an 88 Watt i7 Devils Canyon 1150. The stock HSF solution was quite aggravating due to the fan noise. So I opted for something I knew was good.

You can use the in-line resistor mod, but in my experience its been silly and pointless by simply setting the fan in the bios to "silent". Another comment about the resistor later.

Cons: Install was also a bit of a chore. While the 1150 instructions are not explicitly listed, you follow them for the 1155 socket.

There was a point where I had to look at the example three four times, even after pulling all the parts out and laying them out for the process.

The included long-shaft ball allen wrench did not do so well on the screws. Worked great starting the mounting screws, but became worthless after four turns.

The resistor mod that is included is questionable. Its silly to lower the voltage if you have PWM controls available. While this is a flame-proof type resistor, it would be advisable from a safety standpoint to wrap it in heat shrink tubing to prevent a burn or melting nearby wires if it gets hot from fan stall or short.

At full turbo load, the fan ramps up to a noticeable point. Temperatures still hit 70c at 4.4GHz even with the provided paste. Due to the amount of effort required to dismantle the HSF, Im not going to put on a different material.

Other Thoughts: Aside from taking some time to install, the HSF is rather fragile. Those individuals that like to rip and jam parts in quickly will find that this HSF solution will infuriate them.

All components clear the HSF base easily, but I feel the lack of a shroud around the fan blades actually reduce the cooling ability.

In all, I think my CNPS9500 for my socket 775 did a better job at cooling. The CNPS5X I had is also quieter, but not quite as good at cooling.

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  • Thomas P.
  • 8/22/2015 5:33:51 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGood while it lasted

Pros: Quiet, kept the cpu cool, looked nice.

Cons: The fan is held on by some pretty flimsy arms, which were bent a little bit when I received the heatsink. Ultimately this caused the fan to start wobbling and making a lot of noise. I tried to fix the issue myself, but could not. The fan and the way it's attached are proprietary, so there was no replacing just the wobbling fan.

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  • Richard H.
  • 8/9/2015 4:22:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing cooler

Pros: It's been keeping my proc cool 24/7 for the last 4 years. Whisper quite under full load.

Cons: It's big, make sure it fits your case. The fins are extremely sharp which makes installation kind of difficult.

Other Thoughts: I'm running this in a haf932. The entire system is under 10dB at full load.

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  • Nate C.
  • 7/27/2015 7:52:40 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsQuiet but bent

Pros: Looks cool, stays cool, super quiet.

Cons: The fan is situated between the two fin assemblies. On my item, the fan was tilted and a little off center. Not so much so that the fan contacted the fins, but it came really close. I had to remove the bracket that holds the fan in place, bend the metal a bit, and reinstall to get the fan to sit perfectly centered and parallel to the fins. There should be a .5 inch gap on either side of the fan, but on mine it was more like a 1/8" gap on one side and a 7/8" gap on the other.

Other Thoughts: The installation instructions are real dumb. Do yourself a favor and look up a youtube video first. You'll save a ton of time.

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  • Daniel C.
  • 7/1/2015 7:46:47 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs125 Watts was no challenge

Pros: Used this with a 125W 6 thread AMD CPU. Running all engines full blast for hours during massive OCR and OneNote ingestion barely raised temperatures into the low-normal range. Temperatures rise a little then flatten out and stay flat - forever. Due to the thermal overkill the fan never runs very high. Variable fan configuration keeps it nearly silent until multiple CPUs are heavily stressed. Totally reliable over the last four years.

Cons: Home theater might want something even quieter but at 125 Watt input it is barely noticeable in the office. Be aware you will need a wide enclosure for proper air flow around and through this thing.

Other Thoughts: As noted, a steady 125 Watt input is no challenge for this cooler.

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  • Eric N.
  • 6/26/2015 7:58:21 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsPoor Instructions

Pros: Appears to be a quality cooler with a quiet fan.

Cons: Extremely difficult to install. Especially if you try to read the instructions...

Step 4 in the instructions labeled "Cooler Orientation" says to "install the cooler so that the thinner heatsink is facing the rear exhaust fan, while the thicker heatsink is facing the front case fan".

This looked a little off to me, but it's been 7 years since I did a build so I decided to do what the manufacturer said!

Don't follow these instructions. If you do you will be installing the cooler backwards.

I'm now having to reinstall this extremely difficult to install cooler and just hope that it's massive bulk doesn't damage any of my other brand new components the second time around.

Other Thoughts: I've bought similar models from Zalman in the past and never had a bad experience. But depending on how this second try works out I may not buy again.

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  • Ronald F.
  • 6/12/2015 5:07:14 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Fan, PITA to install

Pros: Cool, quiet, the red lighting is nice.

Cons: Installation was a nightmare.

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  • Mark J.
  • 6/4/2015 7:52:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMine has Rocked for 4 years!

Pros: I bought mine over 4 years ago on Newegg. It has kept my Sandy Bridge i7 remarkably cool. I normally run my CPU at 4.1 Gig. What ever I throw at it, it handles. My CPU temperature, when running Prime 95, is remarkably low. The fan will ramp up a little, (still a very quiet cooler) and temps level off nice and low.

Cons: The Fins are sharp and it is a bit harder to install than most coolers. And I really do mean SHARP, I drew blood a few times. (But as others have said.. Battle Scars are worth it.. I get them installing Headers on my cars and heat sinks on my computers.. WELL worth the small injuries).

Other Thoughts: This is a Very, Very Cool looking Cooler.

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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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