Has anyone played around with the new Zalman 9900
. MPC is all lux struck, but I'm looking for other first-hand insight.
The 9900 is nothing special. The Zalman 9700 & Du0rb didn't deserve the title best of the best either. I hate to say it but MPC is not the best source when it comes to CPU cooler reviews. There's no doubt about it. Nobody's perfect but I've seen the reviews and the best of the best has been wrong 3 times in a row now. Its been going on for years.
I remember when they reviewed the Thermalright Ultra eXtreme 120
& tried to give it a bad rep because it didn't come with a fan. What a joke
Fortunately I already purchased mine and found the review alarming. I got a pair of high CFM fans to go with mine and MPC lost some credit. Its great to seethe old Thermalright Ultra eXtreme 120 on top of the chart.
Its amazing when you know how to pick out & use a decent fan or two.
The Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme is a seasoned champ & has been for a while. There's tons of other choices too. Like the Noctua NH-U12P SE and even the Thermalright SI-128 SE.
My $35 Zerotherm Nirvana 120 is great & it cost around $35 after rebate. Its old too. The $26.99 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler
is great too. Mine will
arrive soon. Its amazing what that small price tag will buy. Being able to replace the 120mm fans without voiding warranties is a great feature.
that Linux guy wrote:
The only promising thing about this CNPS 9900 is that there's enough space between the fin arrays that you *could* implant your own fan, something that was very DIY with most other Zalman designs.
The only real review I've read of it weren't exactly singing praises about it either.http://www.silentpcreview.com/Zalman_CNPS9900
I wouldn't call that promising. They could have made it easy by using a normal 120mm fan but they decided against it intentionally. The 9900's predecessor looks easier. You just remove two screws on the 9700. See what happened in mod2.
Its not ideal but you have to do something similar on the 9900. Zalman put more obstacles in the way on the 9900 so its probably
going to be worse.
I will be reviewing one in the next few weeks, we'll see how it performs. It has a big reputation to live up to.
Its a reputation but its not big by any means. There's always been better air coolers out there. Please verify these claims and let us know the results.
What could we add here? There is one thing! You may have already noticed that the plastic housing covering the fan all around has cut-out slits in it. These slits release partially the airflow and I decided to get it to work for my benefit. I used regular clear scotch tape that appeared of the same width as the plastic housing. This simple modification improved the cooling efficiency in Linpack under maximum workload by 2Â°C! You may think it is a trifle, but this improvement can be achieved with the most primitive fix that will take you 30 seconds to put in place and will not change the looks of the cooler. Therefore, I would obviously like to ask the manufacturer in the first place: why did they make these slits at all, if they lower the cooler efficiency? Are they intended to improve the cooling of the around-the-socket area or to lower the noise? I doubt it. So, the question still stands.
They'll be selling replacement covers soon or making special editions
*Here's another review. Check out the chart
Their testing methodology looks different. FrostyTech Mk.II Synthetic Thermal Test Platforms