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Zalman CNPS12X
7.6 out of 10

Zalman CNPS12X

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Overall 10
10

It fits!

David W., Newegg
29 March 2015
  • Summary: I thought it was easy to install. Good price. I can't complain.
  • Pros: - Price - Cools my i7 4790K way better than the stock ever could. Stock fan looks like a TOY in comparison. - Looks cool - Quiet - Doesn't touch the heatsinks on my MSI Z97 Gaming 5 - Doesn't touch my GTX 980 when it's in the PCI-E X16 slot.
  • Cons: - I can only install 2 sticks of RAM. I run x2-4GB cards. 8GB is fine for me, but I can't run them in Dual-channel mode. - Don't wear a nice shirt when you're using a credit card to smear thermal grease into the grooves on the cooling pipes.
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Overall 10
10

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...
  • 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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Overall 10
10

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...
  • 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 p...
  • 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 ...
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Overall 10
10

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 order...
  • 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 R...
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10

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...
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Overall 10
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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.
  • 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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Overall 10
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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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Overall 10
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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.....even though the dimensions are on the product page
  • 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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Overall 10
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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.
  • 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...
  • Cons: none so far
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Overall 10
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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...
  • 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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