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.
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