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Zalman CNPS12X

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Reviews for Zalman CNPS12X

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Overall 7

Zalman CNPS12X Review

maximum pc
4 September 2012
  • Excerpt: THE CNPS12X MIGHT be Zalman’s most eye-catching cooler, with two arrays of black-nickel-coated cooling fins and three 12cm fans to push air through them. And it is massive. It’s 6.1 inches tall, 5.25 deep, and more than 6 inches wide, and weighs two pounds, four ounces. It’s so big it overhangs the inner four RAM slots on our Asus P9X79 Deluxe test motherboard, requiring the use of RAM without tall heat spreaders.
  • Pros: Beautiful looks; quiet fans.
  • Cons: Frustrating install; lousy retention mechanism.
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Zalman CNPS12X vs Be Quiet Dark Rock Pro 2: Cool and quiet

24 August 2012
  • Excerpt: In the blue corner: the new Zalman CNPS12X. And in the red corner: the Be Quiet Dark Rock Pro 2. Both claim to combine superior cooling with low noise levels, but who is really the best?
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Overall 8

Zalman CNPS12X CPU Cooler Review

5 March 2012
  • Summary: Final Thoughts Zalman once again has another over-the-top CPU cooler and it does perform very well.  With an average idle temperature of 32 degrees and average load temperature of 49.5 degrees you won’t have to worry about your CPU getting hot at all.  The average between idle and load temperatures was 18 degrees, which is very good, but with 3 fans I did expect better results.
  • Pros: – Great cooling performance, – Very quiet, – Easy installation, – Compatible with the latest CPU’s
  • Cons: – Large size makes it hard to install on most systems with enthusiast memory, – Not much of a difference in quiet and performance mode
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Expert Review

Tweak News
15 January 2012
  • Excerpt: To sum up, the CNPS 12X is a very worthy addition to the Zalman stable. The six composite heatpipes and triple fan/dual radiator design yields excellent cooling performance at a very modest noise penalty. The cooler's enormity may limit its use in some cases and it's a bit fussy to install, but the 12X will deliver some astounding cooling performance in exchange for some diligence and patience on the part of the user.
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Two Pounds of Pure Efficiency: Zalman CNPS12X Super Cooler Review

X-bit labs
5 December 2011
  • Summary: I have to admit that at first glance the new Zalman cooler doesn’t seem to be very promising, resembling mostly some sort of a modding part. However, it turned out to be a real state of the art super-cooler!
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Zalman CNPS12X CPU Cooler Review

Hardware Secrets
21 November 2011
  • Summary: Based on the characteristics found on the Zalman CNPS12X CPU cooler (large size, three fans, six direct-touch gapless heatpipes, etc.), we thought it would reach outstanding cooling performance. However, it seems like Zalman favored silence over performance. Even with three fans, it is quieter than most high-end coolers, yet it presented only good (not excellent) cooling performance.
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Overall 2

Zalman CNPS 12X review

The Guru of 3D
3 November 2011
  • Summary: With the CNPS 12X Zalman managed to once again surprise me. The baseline performance is excellent, and in fact amongst the best heatpipe coolers we have tested. The true benefit however needs to be found in the total cooling capacity, we can always se that really well once we increase voltages and start to overclock. Even at 4200 MHz with 1.5V on the CPU (which is way too much Voltage) under full stress this cooler manages to keep the CPU cores under 70 Degrees C.
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Overall 9

Expert Review

25 October 2011
  • Summary: The Zalman CNPS12X heatsink marks the first forray into exposed heatpipe coolers for its Korean manufacturer. For what I can only assume are trademark reasons, Zalman term it whole direct touch heatpipe.
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С холодным сердцем. Обзор четырех процессорных кулеров: Thermalright Macho Black, Thermalright Archon SB-E X2, Gelid The Black Edition и ZALMAN CNPS12X

26 November 2013
  • Conclusion: С учетом суровости нашей методики язык не поворачивается подвергнуть критике протестированные сегодня системы охлаждения. Все кулеры так или иначе справились со своей задачей. Thermalright Macho Black может вызвать проблемы с установкой на материнских платах с высокими элементами, но он имеет хорошие шумовые показатели и демократичную цену.
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Zalman CNPS12X vs. Be Quiet Dark Rock Pro 2: koel en stil

23 August 2012
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