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Zalman CNPS12X
7.6 out of 10

Zalman CNPS12X

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Reviews and Problems with Zalman CNPS12X

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2.0

NO GO

Phillip W., Newegg
27 June 2014
  • Summary: I own both the above motherboards and the way the northbridge heatsinks are on both boards this wont fit you can not in any way fit the heatsink on because you cant get to the top screws to hold them down, also the bracket that you have to screw down to hold it is to long and hits the heatsinks.
  • Pros: large
  • Cons: Wont fit on a z97 chipset board made by gigabyte namely the GA-Z97X-Gaming G1, ALSO the z97 SOC FORCE. NO SUPPORT from Zalman
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Overall 2
2.0

User Review

Richard I., Newegg
29 January 2013
  • Summary: poor design, difficult installation, crowds the MB, performance similar to stock heatsink... a waste of money
  • Pros: Flashing blue lights Huge Your nerd friends will think it's really cool
  • Cons: Lousy cooling performance Expensive
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Overall 2
2.0

WAY WAY WAY too big

Ataniel H., Newegg
25 December 2012
  • Summary: the product seems outstanding. but i wasted 100$ 159x155mm in total
  • Pros: huge fans. looks awesome
  • Cons: WAY WAY WAY too big. took up 4 RAM slots. i still bought 8 sticks of 8gb of ram. so i bought me a H1ooi radiator instead.... space is key in computers. also didnot fit one of the graffic cards.
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Overall 2
2.0

Stay away from this fan

BRYAN M., Newegg
1 October 2012
  • Pros: Cools well after you get it installed....
  • Cons: I've built literally over a few hundred rigs and this is by far the worst CPU cooler I've ever installed. -Absolutely mind numbing the difficulty to get this installed. -Backing plate and fittings do not fit properly. -The black washer type nuts do not thread well at all. -The way this thing was ...
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Overall 2
2.0

Great but useless (unfortunately)

Alexander V., Newegg
11 September 2012
  • Summary: It is pretty much INCOMPATIBLE with Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD7
  • Pros: Nice looking, great design, good workmanship. Alligns perfectly with rear exhaust fan of Rosewill BLACKHAWK-ULTRA Gaming Super Tower
  • Cons: If used with Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD7 motherboard it: - totally blocks an access to PCI-E x16_1 slot - strongly obscures memory slots 3 and 2 and forces you to use low profile (<42 mm) memory in slots 1 and 0
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Overall 2
2.0

PROBLEMS

Carole J., Newegg
1 September 2012
  • Summary: Hopefully the new one won't rattle, that is if I decide to get a new one...
  • Pros: Great at keeping the temps down and looks very nice with blue leds
  • Cons: After a day it started rattling, LOUDLY. I am sending this back after weeks of rattling and multiple times taking it out to fix it nothing helps.
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Overall 2
2.0

LGA2011 Problem

Joseph H., Newegg
6 April 2012
  • Summary: Wish it had more height from fans to processor so could fit in the space. I have been extremely happy with Zalman coolers.
  • Pros: I am sure this works great if would fit the 2011 boards. Great setup as to the parts included and how to attach to motherboard.
  • Cons: Absolutely too wide to actually use with lga2011 boards even though has all parts for it to work. The unit will not sit down on the processor as it hits the memory sticks. The space on all gigabyte and asus motherboards between the memory slots is smaller than the width of this cooler. It looks l...
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Overall 2
2.0

Fooled by its good looks

Michael B., Newegg
17 December 2011
  • Summary: Irritating to have to fork out $30 for return shipping and restocking. Tried a Corsair H100 earlier, only to have the pump go out after three days. You gotta love risking a $1,000 Sandy Bridge E processor and other equally expensive components on cheap coolers.
  • Pros: None-- unusable because of its seriously flawed design.
  • Cons: Tried on Asus Rampage IV. The CNPS12X is way too low to clear even low-profile RAM. What was Zalman thinking? All they had to do is raise it up a few mm's so it would've cleared the RAM (and it still would've fit in most cases). Bottom line: the Zalman CNPS12X will work with so few motherboards w...
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Overall 2
2.0

Blocks Multiple RAM slots on the Asus P9X79 Deluxe Motherboard

Ryan Z., Newegg
3 December 2011
  • Summary: The RMA process for Newegg is very easy. Sent the ZALMAN cooler back and purchased the COOLMASTER Hyper 212 EVO with the Socket 2011 Compatability bracket (RR-ACCY-2011-R1). Works Great!!
  • Pros: Very quiet and solidly built
  • Cons: The heatsink blocks 6 out of the 8 RAM slots on the Asus P9X79 Deluxe motherboard from being used at all. It's a shame because otherwise this is an awesome heatsink!!
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2.0

Watch Out!

Emil A., Newegg
27 November 2011
  • Pros: BIG!!! Looks amazing, shiny.
  • Cons: Designed without any actual test fitting on a full built PC, covers up to 3 RAM slots!!! Total waste of money, cant use it with my triple channel memory kit. Only buy is you have a HUGE motherboard, and make sure you have enough space between where the CPU and RAM should be.
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