Once fired up, the CNPS9900-MAX Blue proved to be very noisy, even with the fan-speed reduction cable installed. This is largely because of the sheer volume of air it was shifting; it was a match for even the mighty dual fan-wielding Thermaltake Frio
Not surprisingly, this massive amount of airflow translated into some of the best results we’ve seen from a single fan CPU cooler. Only the Frio at its highest fan speed setting beat the CNPS9900-MAX Blue in our LGA1155 system, thanks to its awesome 51o
C load delta T. Inserting the fan-speed-reduction cable saw this result rise to 53o
C, which is still a solid result.
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The CNPS9900-MAX Blue was also one of three coolers that we’ve seen that can manage a delta T of under 30o
C in our toasty Socket AM3 system. Its result of 26o
C was just 6o
C warmer than the imperious Frio, which again came out on top. As you’d expect, installing the fan-speed reduction cable saw this temperature rise again, this time by 8o
While the CNPS9900-MAX Blue returned some excellent results, it’s also very expensive, retailing for £49. This is £11 more expensive than the Frio, and in both our test systems, the Thermaltake Frio
matched or bettered its performance and was quieter.
It’s clear that the CNPS9900-MAX Blue uses brute force to punch its way towards the top of the graphs
. This might be acceptable if humans didn’t have ears, but unfortunately we do, and some fairly good ones too. As such, unless you’re in love with the CNPS9900-MAX Blue’s classic flower design, we recommend sticking to tower coolers.
AMD Socket AM3 Scores
Intel LGA1155 Scores