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Zalman Releases a Triple Fan CNPS12X CPU Cooler

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Zalman has officially released the CNPS12X CPU cooler, with its three ... yes, I said ... three 120mm fans and two circular VFP dual heatsinks.

This massive cooler measures in at 5.95 (L) x 5.20 (W) x 6.06 (H) inches, weighs 2.2 pounds and has three 120mm Long Life Bearing fans boasting blue LEDs. The fans have two fan modes - Quiet (850 to 1100 RPM operating speed, up to 22 dBA output sound) and Performance (950 to 1200 RPM / up to 24 dBA).

The CNPS12X features a VFP (Variable Fin Profile) dual heatsink, which is almost identical to the design utilized on the Noctua NH-D14 CPU cooler. The cooler uses a W-DTH (Whole-Direct Heatpipes) base to go along with six composite heatpipes that have a transfer capacity 50 percent better when compared to ordinary Sintered-type heatpipes. 

VFP Dual Heatsink
Optimized dual heatsink, applying V.F.P(Variable Fin Profile) technology, maximized it’s performance through dual air-intake structure that increase Air Flow.                             
- Radiator Surface Area : 9,635 ㎠
- Noise : 22dBA ±10% (with RC5)              
W-DTH Base applied
As applying W-DTH(Whole-Direct  Heatpipes) technology, heatpipes in the Base Cover touch the CPU directly and transfer the CPUs heat directly to heatpipes, hereby minimizing heat resistance and maximizing cooling performance in a short time.


The CNPS12X supports Intel LGA 775/1155/1156/1366/2011 and AMD Socket AM2(+)/AM3(+)/FM1 processors, is bundled with a syringe full of ZM-STG2 thermal grease, and can be found for pre-order at around $92.

You can see a review of the cooler at benchmark.pi (Review in Polish) & visit the product page for more details.

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    dormantreign , October 14, 2011 6:12 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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    dormantreign , October 14, 2011 6:12 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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    icepick314 , October 14, 2011 6:15 PM
    how good are the composite heatpipes compared to copper heatpipes?
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    inanition02 , October 14, 2011 6:16 PM
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    agnickolov , October 14, 2011 6:17 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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    C0rehound , October 14, 2011 6:19 PM
    Smexy. This may be whats going in my next rig.
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    FunSurfer , October 14, 2011 6:21 PM
    Right for the 8-core Bulldozer...
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    burnley14 , October 14, 2011 6:24 PM
    Much better looking than that Noctua version, ewww.
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    TheWhiteRose000 , October 14, 2011 6:24 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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    halcyon , October 14, 2011 6:24 PM
    Very very nice design...but 2.2lbs. Whoa.
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    bucknutty , October 14, 2011 6:25 PM
    2.2 pounds? I can't wait to see the mounting hardware and back plate!
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    killerclick , October 14, 2011 6:30 PM
    Since when is 850 rpm quiet? Airflow alone will make too much noise.
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    N.Broekhuijsen , October 14, 2011 6:35 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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    TeraMedia , October 14, 2011 7:11 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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    wolfram23 , October 14, 2011 7:16 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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    CaedenV , October 14, 2011 7:35 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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    bildo123 , October 14, 2011 7:36 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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    g-unit1111 , October 14, 2011 7:46 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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    stm1185 , October 14, 2011 8:22 PM
    That thing looks badass. Cant wait to see how it performs.
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    tacoslave , October 14, 2011 8:28 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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