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Zalman Releases a Triple Fan CNPS12X CPU Cooler

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 HeatsinkOptimized 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.

  • dormantreign
    I love....i mean love the design. If its still kicking on my next build i'm going to pick this thing up.
  • icepick314
    how good are the composite heatpipes compared to copper heatpipes?
  • inanition02
  • agnickolov
    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...
  • C0rehound
    Smexy. This may be whats going in my next rig.
  • FunSurfer
    Right for the 8-core Bulldozer...
  • burnley14
    Much better looking than that Noctua version, ewww.
  • TheWhiteRose000
    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.
  • halcyon
    Very very nice design...but 2.2lbs. Whoa.
  • bucknutty
    2.2 pounds? I can't wait to see the mounting hardware and back plate!