Zalman CNPS9900 Max Review

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zodi

I used my CNPS9700NT off my old E6700 on the new Sandybridge 2600K chip at stock clock and the chip at max load barely made it to 52 degrees.

I have never been a big fan of tower coolers but glad Zalman has come back to the party.

 

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timekills

Nathan,

I realize you said the Zalman is "quiet" but is it significantly enough quieter than the Prolimatech Armageddon to make the install worthwhile? I'll assume the answer is yes, since it garnered the Kick-ass award, but curious as to your opinion. Thanks.

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Athlonite

Why is it that no one ever uses these on AMD mobo's and never comments on whether or not they'd interfare with dimms with tall heat sinks :(..... my Corsair Dominator dimms are very tall to tall to fit in Dimm 1 under the hyper 212 the likes of the Tuniq tower 120 fits no problem but that was all done from guess work not facts found on the net it just annoys me that reviewers think Intel is all anyone uses

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garrettp

On my Crosshair III the CNPS9700 hit my OCZ Reaper heat pipe. But my Reapers only had one pipe coming up so i slightly bent them out of the way.

I now have a Crosshair IV with Mushkin Ridgebacks with fins. The CNPS9700 would hit the Dominators but my Ridge backs fit and I even have an Asus heatsink fan on them, albeit a little crooked ;)

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Zazubovich

on Gigabyte 790 series mobos (1 xta-UD4, 2 AM2 socketed ones), Asus expensive mobo (the crossfire one with bluetooth) and a relatively cheap Abit 790 mini AT mobo, most all of them in big cases like the Antec 900. Never had a heating issue and people who use them love them.

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Mighty BOB!

Holy crap that's awesome!

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Danthrax66

What fans did you use on the Armageddon? Because you could probably have used some fans with a higher static pressure and it would have been cooler. Also was ambient temperature controlled in these tests?

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I Jedi

Now that is a heatsink-CPU fan.

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garrettp

I currently have the CNPS9700 on my 965 (OC'ed t 3.8). My MB sits on my desk just left of my keyboard, open to the air (no case). I also have the Accelero Extreme 5970 cooler facing towards me. At idle I get a calming whir and during gaming I don't even notice them.

My temps are low already but it would be interesting to see the difference. Although, what happened with the direct contact heat-pipe bandwagon? It get a flat? Would it be a further improvement? Can MPC send me one to mill down and test? :D (hint hint)

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Walnut

What a rave review. You guys must be... fans.

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nedwards

You could say I'm a fan of great cooling. Heyo.

 

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Modroneman

I might have to go for this heatsink. Most of the 'skyscraper-style' heatsinks would jam into the fins on my G.skill Ram. This might actually work really well. I'm not at all deterred by the installation part. This looks like just what I need to keep my CPU nice and chill.