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Date: September 13th, 2009
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Zalman
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ZALMAN CNPS9900 INTRODUCTION



Although Socket 1366 coolers were slow initially to come out, the industry usually catches up in order to take advantage of the new market. Although most manufacturers stick to the standard tower heatpipe cooler arrangement, Zalman has been doing things a little different. Instead of trying to follow the trend, they always stick to the tried and true radial design that has been used with their previous designs such as the CNPS9700 cooler we reviewed HERE, and the CNPS8700 reviewed HERE.


Through years of testing and 1000s of reviews, Zalman's design has stood the test of time and most recent revisions were not with the cooler itself, but just with the cpu socket configurations it will support. Finally one company sticks to what works and doesn't try to reinvent the wheel and complete mess up a good thing. Couple that with exceptional Korean build quality and in most cases you will have a winner. Zalman coolers demand a slight price premium and you can be rest assured that it is money well spent.


Today I will be reviewing Zalman's newest radial heatpipe cooler named the CNPS9900(A) LED Cooler which depending on where or when you bought it, the "A" will stand for it having an adapter to use with the new Lynnfield Socket 1156 processor. Nothing else will have changed.


But today I will have it tackling the Nehalem i7-965 Extreme edition with its 130watts of heat output. This should easily show its performance and whether it can really handle a hotter processor while trying to stay as quiet as possible.


Let's see how it performs.

 

SMALL HEATPIPE TECHNOLOGY TUTORIAL


Let's keep this as simple as possible to get the basic premise across to all of the Tweaknews readers. Please don't be insulted if this is too basic for your education level, we're just offering the basics to the least technical reader looking for information.



The basic idea behind heatpipe technology is really simple.


1.) With a tube containing a compressed fluid/gas, the fluid comes in contact with the heat source (the cpu core, in this case) which heats up the volatile fluid and turn it to a gas. The energy is absorbed in the gas production process and is ready for transportation.


2.) The heated gas now travels along the inner portion of the tube where it comes to the cooling portion of the heatsink in this example.


3.) The radiator, with or without a fan, will cool the liquid and transfer the energy (AKA heat) to the radiator to be dispersed to the surrounding air. With the heat removed, the vapor quickly condenses back to a fluid and runs along the inside surface of the pipe back down to the bottom where the process can be started all over again.


For another example, you can consider a boiling pot of water with a glass lid as a very very basic heatpipe. When the water boils, the water vapor comes in contact with the cooler glass pot lid which forces the vapor to condense back to water where it dribbles back down the inside of the lid back into the pot.


It's basic, but it gets the point across.

 

ZALMAN CORPORATE INFORMATION



Despite the fact that computers have become commonplace at home and at workplaces for a long time, true user-friendliness of the computers is still a long shot. At Zalman Tech, we strive to make that goal a closer reality through extensive research and development of our products. We were the world first in reducing computer's noise down to lower than 20dB, thus creating a more user-friendly computing environment. Now it is possible to use a computer without distracting noise and to form high fidelity audio system or home theatre without ambient noise.


Zalman Tech will continue to make efforts at creating more enhanced levels of user friendliness in computing; we believe that we have the ability and determination to achieve this goal. Your support and interest is greatly appreciated.

 

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