As much as I like the design, and the history it brought back to me seeing and using it, I have to be very objective here. For a cooler based completely of copper, to go through the work of plating it and adding the flash of blue LEDs, all to have mediocre performance levels from such a large cooler is a real shame. As much as I really want to like it, even trying to put a creative spin on it now, I am left really at a loss for words. There just isn't much outside of the aesthetics that I can really sell you on. While the audio levels are pleasing, the thermal results aren't good enough to warrant the purchase of this cooler over something you may have already picked up over the last three years or so.
Compounding the issue is little things. Like the fact that you send me a wrench, but the angle needed to use it left me rounding the heads of the screws and leaving fine metal bits stuck to the end of the wrench. On top of that as you tighten the screws, the wrench slips and will lock into the screw, and you are left hoping the metal shaving went flying past the motherboard. The dual fans are cool and all, but even here, a simple thing like a wire tie to tend to the wires with the open fans of this cooler would be a great help to users.
There are some good things to, this isn't a complete bashing of this cooler. The outer packaging is attractive and will get your attention. The inner packaging allowed my cooler to take a pretty solid hit and still arrive in perfect shape. The CNPS9900DF is also really easy on the eyes, and does make an attractive addition to a build, and it's even somewhat quiet. I just wish it would have done better in the thermals department, as then I would have been able to fully get behind this cooler and let you enjoy what a slightly smaller dual tower cooler could do for you. However getting beat out by smaller single towers with only one fan is just unacceptable for me to advise spending your money this way.
For most other markets, if you are still interested in the CNPS9900DF, they are on shelves now waiting for you to buy one. For our readers in North America, we have yet to receive them as I write this, but I would venture a guess that it won't be very long before they start to arrive. If the estimated pricing of $80 rings true when it does arrive, that is just a shame, At anything near the $50 mark I could forgive a bit of the excessive heat kept in this cooler, but for $80 they are demanding high-end pricing with a mid-range offering in my opinion, and I really think there are smarter choices out there for the discerning buyers out there.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Specifications, Availability and Pricing]
- Page 3 [Packaging]
- Page 4 [Zalman CNPS9900DF CPU Cooler]
- Page 5 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 6 [Installation and Finished Product]
- Page 7 [The Test System and Thermal Results]
- Page 8 [Noise Level Results]
- Page 9 [Final Thoughts]