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Zalman Releases a Triple Fan CNPS12X CPU Cooler

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October 14, 2011 6:12:35 PM

I love....i mean love the design. If its still kicking on my next build i'm going to pick this thing up.
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October 14, 2011 6:15:16 PM

how good are the composite heatpipes compared to copper heatpipes?
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October 14, 2011 6:16:51 PM

Pretty....
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October 14, 2011 6:17:04 PM

I have the CNPS9900 with its dual heat sink (the fan is sandwiched between the two halves) and it's huge. This heatsink evolves that concept further by slapping two more fans on the two sides and it is even bigger. Mine has 4 heatpipes, this has 6. I wonder what CPU is this intended to cool - the older model was sufficient for cooling overclocked 130W Intel CPUs and it only had 4 pipes...
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October 14, 2011 6:19:10 PM

Smexy. This may be whats going in my next rig.
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October 14, 2011 6:21:52 PM

Right for the 8-core Bulldozer...
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October 14, 2011 6:24:29 PM

Much better looking than that Noctua version, ewww.
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October 14, 2011 6:24:33 PM

I'll be impressed when I see it going at the Spire TherMax Eclipse II.

Spire II 65$
Zalman CNPS12X $92

Spire Eclipse II still rated best in the market.
(Although I want to see the Comparison test for the Zalman CNPS12X)

Then I'll be impressed.
If it can't compete with a cheaper / better cooler, the only reason's why I'd see someone would buy it is.

Zalman Fanboy.
Ascetic Value.
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October 14, 2011 6:24:50 PM

Very very nice design...but 2.2lbs. Whoa.
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October 14, 2011 6:25:45 PM

2.2 pounds? I can't wait to see the mounting hardware and back plate!
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October 14, 2011 6:30:41 PM

Since when is 850 rpm quiet? Airflow alone will make too much noise.
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October 14, 2011 6:35:57 PM

wow, I have to say, for CPU coolers, that is one of the first ones from Zalman that I actually find pretty awesome looking. The rest of them just always looked so... circular and cheap. This one has something nice to it though
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October 14, 2011 7:11:57 PM

Too bad all of the fins are parallel to the MB plane. A different arrangement would have afforded better coolling to MB VRs, NB/PCH, etc.

But still nice looking.
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October 14, 2011 7:16:04 PM

Zalman only make crap , i made the mistake of buying their Lq1000 case .. the CPU block had pre-corrosion inside where the fittings had been screwed in, the "anti-corrosion" blue additive that came with it (mix with distilled water) crystilised all of the CPU fittings, clogging the system, the alarm shut down the pump once the flow was too low, my brand new (1 month old) i7 970 hit 100C in speedfan overnight and sat there.. it was now a 5 core cpu.. i took apart my loop trying to blow through each component until i found the clog. the flow measureing spinner was clogged up too with a thick blue scum from the additive that came with the case... the cpu block (void warrenty if opened) was a terrible internal design of just corsses cut into the plate like a crossword, all of them plugged with crystals, the out flow fitting was plugged up completely, needing to be chisiled open with a screw driver.

the non existant phone number for zalman which is unlisted by them got me a call back a week later. this was after calling several times and leaving a message with general reception... the phone number has many dead end connections resulting in hangups.

zalman told me tough luck after i very politely told them what happened, te offered to replace the spinner and i could keep the old one. the bottle of additive (which i would no longer ever use) wouldn't be replaced even though it had all gone to waist flushing the system. the cpu block wouldn't be replaced as i had opened it (4screws no damage done) and they for sure wern't on the hook for my now f'd up $580 cpu.

Intel was so gracious they mailed me a new 970 chip immediately, i simply put the old chip in the box it came in and put the PREPAID mailing label on it and phoned for pickup.

I phoned thermaltake and explained i had an old kandalf case that i had replaced with the zalman because i was tired of the door on the kandalf and it's massive size, thermal take mailed me an i7 kit to mount my thermaltake cpu block to my i7 motherboard FOR FREE. and they also sent me FOR FREE 4 litres of there green UV reactive additive that i had told them i had always used in the past.

ZALMAN ... overpriced junk
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October 14, 2011 7:16:49 PM

Huh. I recall Zalman was asking for suggestions on a new cooler design a while back (read about it here at Tom's) and this is almost exactly what I had described. Anyway, it looks like a great design!
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October 14, 2011 7:35:20 PM

completely unnecessary... I think I want it!
I have a older all copper circular CPU heat-sink with one fan from Zalman and I love it. It runs very quiet, and the fan is probably not even necessary for what I am running. Only thing I hear on my PC are the HDDs, and on the next build it will just be an SSD with all the storage on the network, so it should be dead quiet!
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October 14, 2011 7:36:08 PM

bucknutty2.2 pounds? I can't wait to see the mounting hardware and back plate!


Probably have to drill four holes through your case to get the extended mount bolts attached the 3lb counter weight lol.
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October 14, 2011 7:46:03 PM

I really like the one Zalman fan I had, and the one I replaced it with I don't think is doing its' job, I might have to check this one out.
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October 14, 2011 8:22:23 PM

That thing looks badass. Cant wait to see how it performs.
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October 14, 2011 8:28:20 PM

If this is close to $100 why not get a corsair H60 $60 or a H100 for around the same price as this Zalman fan.
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October 14, 2011 8:41:19 PM

I was thinking, "Yea. Yea, this looks good. It's pretty quiet. Hey, it only costs-oh..."
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October 14, 2011 8:51:14 PM

Hopefully it will clear those tall heatsink rams like the Corsair Vengence.
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October 14, 2011 8:52:37 PM

A one kilogram CPU cooler!? Oh man I think this thing would actually shift the center of mass enough to cause instability in my enclosure.
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October 14, 2011 9:16:43 PM

Cool design, but a bit pricey. Looks like it may be a hard one to install because of the clearance.
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October 14, 2011 9:32:23 PM

$92!!

Nope. It's nice, but there are better coolers for cheaper.
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October 14, 2011 9:43:37 PM

The most important are not the fans. The most important are having the best conductivity for the heat. So the heatpipes might be the most important. No point having a cool upper area of the cooler when heal travels slowly. Hopefully this cooler excels in this regards as much as it does with its airflow.
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October 14, 2011 9:44:04 PM

otacon72Um yeah I want to be able to sleep at night.

If 24dba is enough to keep you up at night....your hearing is far more sensitive than the majority of the world's population.
TeramediaToo bad all of the fins are parallel to the MB plane. A different arrangement would have afforded better coolling to MB VRs, NB/PCH, etc.But still nice looking.

It's not the job of the CPU HSF, to cool motherboard components...
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October 14, 2011 10:24:13 PM

Or you could use a vacuum cleaner lol. Cpu's should always come without coolers it's much more fun to buy and pick one. Although with coolers included in the box why bother, unless you make an extreme overclock that can cook eggs.
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October 14, 2011 11:36:21 PM

I like this article. it is very informative :) 
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October 14, 2011 11:45:43 PM

killerclickSince when is 850 rpm quiet? Airflow alone will make too much noise.

850 rpm is pretty low for a 120mm fan. That's definitely in the range of 120mm case fans marketed as "silent" or "quiet". It all depends on the manufacturer, but Zalman has traditionally been good about keeping noise levels low. As for three running on a single heatsink at once... I have no idea.
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October 15, 2011 1:11:32 AM

This plus multiple chrome gpu coolers would look very Terminator 2ish... sorry for lack of a better description. If the fans took well to chrome-like paint, or just found chrome colored fans it'd be even more ridiculous (and cool, pun intended).
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October 15, 2011 1:17:28 AM

Looks cool, but how well does it work. I don't buy heat sinks for looks. And I'm not a fan of the direct contact heat pipes because they have less contact area.
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October 15, 2011 1:18:46 AM

Its beautiful :D 
I love Zalmans CPU coolers, although I only owned one the CNPS9900 120mm. Only dislike is they are a dust trap with all that surface area, just keep some compressed air on hand.

Can't wait for benchmarks!
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October 15, 2011 4:03:20 AM

That's one attractive CPU cooler. The Noctua looks plain ugly to me. I hope it takes Noctuas crown >:) 
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October 15, 2011 4:32:17 AM

This will probably be one of the top coolers (not the best), but also carry a premium price tag for looks and materials.

Not much different from anything else - you pay for good, appeasing looks.


Personally, if I was going to spend $60-70 on a good after market heatsink, I'd just blow another $20-30 more and get this -- $30 is worth making me think "Wow, this looks good and makes me feel happy about buying it".
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October 15, 2011 8:19:17 AM

sykozisIf 24dba is enough to keep you up at night....your hearing is far more sensitive than the majority of the world's population.

It might not keep you from sleeping, but it sure hinders your ability to rest. My former NAS machine was clearly audible through a wooden door, and though it was quiet, I did sleep much better when it was off during the night. Part of you is still "up" even when you're sleeping, to make sure you can jump right up if attacked (basic survival instinct). The more noise there is on the outside, the more "awake" you need to be to filter out ambient noises...

It's not the job of the CPU HSF, to cool motherboard components...

Actually, AFAIK standard ATX implementations do expect some airflow to "spill" over from the CPU HSF to the rest of the motherboard to at least keep voltage regulators cooler. Past HSF reviews have stated that more than once. That is also why there have been a few motherboard makers that have offered VR fans (Asus comes to mind) for high-end motherboards to be used with no motherboard-facing airflow.

So yeah, it kind of is the job of the CPU HSF to keep the rest of the motherboard cool.

In any case, and not ditching this product's abilities (I haven't seen a review yet), but don't both Intel and AMD CPUs get to the base OC limit on air with stock or near-stock HSFs? I mean, 4.5GHz from a 2500K seems to be relatively doable without too much trouble or elevated voltage (which can actually kill the CPU). More speed usually needs more voltage and sub-ambient temperatures outside the ability of air coolers...

Still, quite a looker. Way down on my "to buy" list, though... My standard LGA775/1156 CPU HSFs are still good enough. Maybe if I win a lottery or something... hehehe

Cheers.

Miguel
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October 15, 2011 9:55:11 AM

I will wait to see what Frostytech has to say abou tit.
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October 15, 2011 4:29:21 PM

24dba is highly inaudible for a running system. Ambient noise even in what appears a dead silence in a room at night alone is around the high 20s to low 30s. Therefore adding a 24dba fan within this room will make no difference.
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October 15, 2011 9:58:22 PM

icepick314how good are the composite heatpipes compared to copper heatpipes?

the heat-pipes are made of pure copper, but they are nickel plated to prevent tarnishing...copper gets very ugly when it's touched with oily hands
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October 16, 2011 7:48:53 PM

Direct contact pipes = TRASH. Medieval Times. Absolute FAIL.
Also: 22 dBA at 850 RPM (against 19 dBA at 750 RPM on NH-D14 + Bearings that NH-D14 uses, are SSO Hydrodynamic, "BEST Bearings In The World", no exceptions) = Total Suckage.
If only Zalman have had used at least some brains, they'd do better..but they failed, again.
I would prefer to stay at my NH-D14 and Silver Arrow, thank you very much *impersonates Cinema Snob*.
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October 17, 2011 6:45:31 AM

This cooler looks seriously cool, but I will stick to my CNPS 9900A LED cooler. It fits in perfectly with my setup.
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October 17, 2011 7:50:42 PM

Review and benchmark please!
I hope all six heatpipes are able to make full contact with the CPU. One small disappointment is the 3-pin fan connector rather than a 4-pin PWM, but that might be a trade off from using a single connector for all 3 fans.

lp231 said:
Hopefully it will clear those tall heatsink rams like the Corsair Vengence.

The manual from Zalman's product page stated 154mm front-to-back x 151mm
wide x 132mm high.
sykozis said:
... It's not the job of the CPU HSF, to cool motherboard components...

Actually, the top-down design of stock coolers help create airflow to cool the motherboard.
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October 18, 2011 4:33:04 AM

That looks badass, but Zalmans were never known for performance/dollar so maybe just a pipe dream for me.
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October 18, 2011 5:41:04 PM

agnickolov said:
I have the CNPS9900 with its dual heat sink (the fan is sandwiched between the two halves) and it's huge. This heatsink evolves that concept further by slapping two more fans on the two sides and it is even bigger. Mine has 4 heatpipes, this has 6. I wonder what CPU is this intended to cool - the older model was sufficient for cooling overclocked 130W Intel CPUs and it only had 4 pipes...

I own the CNPS9900A which measures 94mm compared to 151mm (as stated by Zalman, http://www.zalman.com/ENG/product/CategorySecond_Pic.as... ). Many reviews and users on forums say you can get more efficient coolers for less money, usually mentioning the CM 212+. I chose Zalman because they look better while still getting the job done.

bucknutty said:
2.2 pounds? I can't wait to see the mounting hardware and back plate!

The manual is available at Zalman's product page, http://www.zalman.com/ENG/product/Product_Read.asp?Idx=...
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November 1, 2011 4:12:49 AM

MEN i can make this my ventilation in my house..good for 1year gamers..heehee..
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March 24, 2012 9:11:08 AM

vivivavaI wonder what CPU is this intended to cool - the older model was sufficient for cooling overclocked 130W Intel CPUs and it only had 4 pipes...
...way to resurrect this thread. LOL.
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August 10, 2012 7:34:51 PM

2.2 Pounds is a scary thing to put on a thin motherboard.
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