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Zalman-cnps12x.33182655
7.6 out of 10

Zalman CNPS12X

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Awesome!

Laura k., Newegg
1 May 2014
  • Summary: I noticed a lot a people on here having issues with it covering there ram, well I actually made a mistake when I installed the support plate to the board but it worked out very well in the end, I ended up mounting it so the fans would would exhaust out the top of the case but its was fine because my case has two 120mm fans that exhaust out the top, so when I put the unit into the case to mount it on it didn't effect my ram or any other components in there, I have a...
  • Pros: Looks great, very quiet even with 3 fans, Keeps CPU temps very low on my Intel 3770, temps before were around 42-45, there now at 25 when idle.
  • Cons: Was very large and installing was difficult but mostly cause instructions weren't great and the Allen wrench could of been a bit longer
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Huge, Cold, Silent

Anonymous, Newegg
29 January 2014
  • Summary: The bottom plate where the heatsink comes into contact with the CPU isn't completely flat and has small grooves as the heatpipes are in direct contact with the CPU and thus requires slightly more thermal paste in order to get proper coverage (thermal paste credit card technique is an absolute must for this heatsink)
  • Pros: -Keeps my OCed 4930k @ 4.8 GHz at a cool 65C at full load on 12 threads on Wprime/OCCT -Very, very quiet with max fan speed -For daily use and gaming, the fans never kick in on my custom cooling profile (fans remains off until the cpu hits 50C). -Plays Skyrim/GTAIV with fans off (temps never go past 45C)
  • Cons: -Huge, blocks 2 of my ram slots an my only other PCIE 3.0 16x slot on an ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition, so to do a proper crossfire config I'd have to get water cooling or a less manly air cooler. -Had to install it on motherboard outside of the case then place it into the case due to it's sheer size -Installation is sort of tricky for LGA 2011 chipsets, and almost impossible without taking you mobo out of the case
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OhMyGosh!!!

Eric F., Newegg
22 January 2014
  • Summary: - Directions could have been a bit clearer. Be sure to read over them a few times before tackling the install. - As mentioned, Allen-wrench could have a bit longer reach for tightly fitting boxes.
  • Pros: - OhMyGosh! This thing is HUGE! As others have said, make sure you have room. I had to remove on case fan to make room, but it was WELL worth it. - Getting about 15C LESS CPU temp over previous cooler. This thing ROCKS! - PLAN where this thing will go & know what you're getting into, BEFORE ordering OR installing. This cooler is a MAJOR addition to your case. - Previous normal CPU temps (on over-clocked AMD Phenom II CPU) ran about 42C idel and 55-60 during tasking fr...
  • Cons: - Took an afternoon to install. Had to literally take all PCIe and other cards out, as well as remove my MB completely. - Believe it or not, but the allen wrench for the cooler hold down screws could have been longer! It's pretty dang long now, but could be about an inch or two longer. It was a REAL tight squeeze getting to the screws in a tightly packed case. - You have to be REAL patient installing this thing. It's not a qucik swap-out as smaller coolers are.
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User Review

Jeffrey W., Newegg
4 January 2014
  • Summary: It just *barely* fit in my case, but I had no problems fitting all my components with decent cable management. I'n VERY happy with performance, looks, and noise levels. It's essentially silent.
  • Pros: Most importantly: it cools my FX 8320 extremely well. Exceeded expectations for quiet noise levels. It has a very exciting look- the three large glowing fans look great from the side. (Do a goolge img search)
  • Cons: It's HUGE, but you should know this and do your research before you buy it. The larger size also ends up being a plus, since it helps with performance. It's not what I would call easy to install. I didn't have any problems here, but it's definitely more involved than a smaller HSF that would clip straight onto the socket. You must removed your mobo from the case since you have to access the backside to bolt on a new bracket for stability. It's not hard, it's just invo...
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Large but good

Shelby P., Newegg
28 September 2013
  • Summary: Here are some things to be aware of. It's freaking huge, be sure you have room before buying. Also, make notes of the direction of your case fans. It's really easy to let them cause turbulence against the air flow from this cooler. I reversed the direction of two of my case fans and dropped my cpu temps by around 5 degrees celcius. I also tested it with prime 95 and let it run for about 2 hours. My cpu never got above 50 and the max temp is 52. That is pretty amazing.
  • Pros: Works really well. It keeps my FX-8120 OC'ed to 3.8 GHZ under 40 degrees at idle and under 48 under heavy load. Unless I'm gaming, it usually stays around 40-42 degrees Celsius.
  • Cons: None really, just read carefully before buying to make sure it's right for your build.
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Huge, but good.

Dustin A., Newegg
25 September 2013
  • Pros: Silent with great cooking
  • Cons: HUGE, know your board as you must use low profile ram, and as in my case, also lose your first PCI-E x16 slot ASUS Rampage iV Extreme
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Works as it Should

Scott W., Newegg
7 September 2013
  • Summary: Build X79 UD5 i7 3820 CNPS12X F3-17000CL11Q-16GBZL 4x4gb GV-R797OC-3GD VTX4-25SAT3-256G RX-1000AE SGC-5000W-KWN1 If you have the same build you can fit 6 sticks which wasn't a big deal to me but some just feel the need to complain....
  • Pros: -Brought my i7 3820 from 60c under load to 40c @4.3 -Came with "Super Thermal Grease".......used Arctic Silver -Fits very snug and bracket don't feel near as cheap as some
  • Cons: Makes a terrible cup of Coffee
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User Review

Jason H., Newegg
19 August 2013
  • Summary: I wanted this cooler when I decided on building a new computer. Reviews on-line were mixed so I ended up going with the Phanteks cooler with 3 fans. I then decided to turn my old fx-8120 that was sitting downstairs in my old case into a HTPC. So I went on another site and got this cooler for dirt cheap. Put it in my main computer just to see the temps against the Phanteks monstrosity. On aida64 it's actually cooler. FX-8350 oc'd to 4.7ghz on 990fx extreme9.
  • Pros: Cools very well. Not as bulky as some might say. I have the Phanteks dual-tower cooler. When you put the fans on that thing...it beats this cooler in size. Install is easier on the Phanteks...but this really wasn't that bad. The directions were pretty easy to understand as well. Blue LED is faint but looks nice with all the blue LED fans I have in my case.
  • Cons: none so far
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It's big, blue and cool.

Sandra K., Newegg
12 August 2013
  • Summary: As many have noted, it is big, roughly the size of a small cantalope. I have this on a I5 3570k on a Asrock Z77 extreme 6 and it does cover the first ram slot. I knew this was going to be the issue going into this and got low profile ram, Crucial Ballistix sport low profile and it fits nicely under the cooler with a couple of mms to spare. Case clearance wasn't and issue either, I have a CM Haf XB Lan Box and still have room for the 200 mm top exhaust fan.
  • Pros: Keeps my temps down and looks good. This set-up is also very quite, my case fans are far louder then the three fans on this cooler. The blue LEDs are not very bright, but are just bright enough to light up the inside of the case and show you what's in there.
  • Cons: None
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As good as any closed loop Water cooling

Jedidiah S., Newegg
19 June 2013
  • Summary: Using with Xigmatek PTI-G4512 TIM because I'm obsessive about that last 2 degrees C on my overclock, but the included ZM-STG2 is actually decent stuff.
  • Pros: I have been building computers as a hobby and for hire over the past 18 years. This is the best overclocking HSF for the money that I have used to date. I currently have this HSF on a Socket 2011 i7-3820 CPU O/Ced at 5GHz. Under stable, full load crunching, temps on the highest core are 72C. To do better than that, you would need a custom water cooling setup for at least 2 to 3 times the cost. Temps will be even better on your usual i7 SB, IB or Haswell because they s...
  • Cons: If there is any at all, it would be the size. In my opinion, this is a full tower only HSF. Purchase with that in mind and you will be fine.
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