Summary: Bought this back in Apr 2012 and it has lasted up until Oct 2015 before the fan speed began to stay down around 500 even when the CPU is under a load. Would say it was worth the money back when I bought it.
Pros: Efficient cooling. Quiet enough to where I never realized it was running even when CPU was under load.
Cons: Bulky to where I had to break a plastic portion of my case to get it to fit. Had to swap out for longer screws to install with the bracket for my AMD processor.
Summary: For cooling this is the bomb. The red led business of the fan is subtle. It's actually quite small for 220watt cooling. The Cooler Master V8 GTS (I love by the way) is a monster compared side by side with it. The 'be quiet! DARK ROCK TF' may be my favorite 220w cooler though.
Pros: Installing for an AMD socket board may be the worst I've experienced (the installation manual is even worst?) but with help from customer service and some parts, I'm up and running. Keeps a AMD FX-9590 Vishera 4.7GHz Socket AM3+ 220W 8-Core CPU running at about 31C in the Zalman H1 case.
Cons: As mentioned, the AMD installation is tough. The manual leaves a lot to be desired. Intel may be a dream though.
Summary: Zalman's China manufacturing site need better 'QC' as their end products (too me in any case) and to the average customer I assume is bad right now. Four (4) email to them and zero response. These were for various problems and they promise to respond within 2 days...doesn't happen folks.
Pros: None at this point
Cons: Make effort to install...will not fit AMD boards. My MSI A88x G45 Gamer board is to much for the cooler and/or the supplied hardware. There is a 10mm gap between the mounting screws and their nut. Far, far to big a gap. Zalman knows of this as I've seen countless comments about this issue.
Summary: I have an older system. Running a 1st gen I5 2500k Socket 1155. This cooler says it is compatible. It isn't.
Cons: So, where do I begin? I did read the reviews and saw all the red flags about the trouble people had with the cooler and I should have listened. But, I have bought one of these in the past and had no issues, so I thought I would risk it. Well, if you couldn't tell by the title, things went very ve...
Summary: 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.
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 an...
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 b...
Summary: Unfortunately, Zalman's support has a reputation as abysmal as the reputation of its products is good. Their support web page has a picture of people on the phone, but they give no phone number whatsoever, and do not have any online support chat.
Pros: By all reports, Zalman CPU coolers cool very effectively. I hope I get the chance to confirm that someday.
Cons: The AMD "clips" (pieces of metal by which the cooler is attached to the motherboard) have to be bent down at the end so that they can reach from where they are attached at the cooler side to where the nuts and bolts can secure it to the motherboard. That's how they are shown in the manual, and th...
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 ...
ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-B 135mm Long life bearing CPU Cooler Blue LED
Vibhu D., Newegg
18 August 2015
Summary: I have read about others complaining with its installation but if you go through its manual and watch the video on youtube it is very easy to install. It took me only 10 mins to install and this is my first high end PC build.
Pros: Great looking fan, works well. Looks cool with the Cougar Blue Led fans I installed with it.