Also from Link - final words.
Performance overall is very comparable to the performance of Noctua's NH-D14 coolers. That cooler of course is completely silent though. The CNPS 9900 MAX also has a lot of additional capacity, we like that very much. The result as such is that the cooler becomes even more impressive when you start to overclock. In combo with this fan we overclocked our poor little 2.67 GHz processor to 4.2 GHz @ 1.5 volts. At that 1.5 GHz overclock we started to stress all processor cores 100% once again and we did not even reach 65 Degrees C, that is impressive stuff to witness.
Wait, the link is for the 9900MAX, which is a good deal more expensive than the 9700....
And I've been hearing alot of good stuff about the Scythe Mugen 2, are any of these coolers better? The Mugen 2 is also super cheap....
I had a CNPS 9900A Which is the 120mm version and now have a Scythe Mugen 2. The Scythe seems to not be cooling as well as the Zalman was by a small degree.
I've been tempted by the 9900MAX instead of the big dual fan/dual radiator designs. It just looks so beautiful too. I had been looking to get the Noctua or Venomous X or Silver arrow when I had some free cash to plunk down. Now I may be leaning to the Max
This is on a 2600K with a P8P67 Pro and CM HAF 932 tower. Currently OC'd to 4.4