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Zalman CNPS14X
8.2 out of 10

Zalman CNPS14X

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Overall 10
10

ZM-CNPS14X

Anonymous, Newegg
15 May 2015
  • Summary: Buy
  • Pros: Said Hard to install Not so.. just as easy as 212 Evo Cooler than my EVO 212 Would by again !
  • Cons: Make sure you take this cooler Large. Don't order fans till install.
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

Linda H., Newegg
15 May 2015
  • Summary: A steal at $9.99, would not have bought at reg price.
  • Pros: No problem installing on Asus Z97-A once board was out. $9.99 after promo and rebate. Big and impressive.
  • Cons: Fan a little louder than I like so I took an egg off.
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Overall 8
8.0

Works well but installation tricky

Anonymous, Newegg
7 May 2015
  • Summary: So first of all this is my first non-stock cooler and after hearing that the major con is the installation, I decided to give it a try anyway. This thing is massive and it barely cleared the height of my RAM modules.
  • Pros: Works well, got 4.3GHz on my i5-4670k on the first attempt. Might try to go higher later.
  • Cons: Instructions need work, a lot of the diagrams are misleading or hard to read. Need to work out a mental model of how to install it since it's so large and blocks other components. This is my first aftermarket cooler install, so it wasn't terrible nor was it very easy.
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Overall 10
10

Above average air cooler

Richard S., Newegg
5 May 2015
  • Summary: If you want to use push /pull, the two extra fan clips work with 120mm fans, you don't need 140's.
  • Pros: Bought because of the price. They must have a load of these to move because of all the installation complaints, so they are practically giving them away A/R and promo code. Cooling performance is at least on par with the hyper 212 and was 1/3 of the cost. I install my air coolers for upwards airf...
  • Cons: Was hoping for a little better cooling, results about equal to a hyper 212's and corsair a70's I have and below almost all but the cheapest liquid setups . And it's a little laborious to get it tightened down but that's obvious as the size of the cooler dictates that the bolts are located under t...
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Overall 8
8.0

Review for SKT-1150 installation

Anonymous, Newegg
2 May 2015
  • Summary: This review refers to installations on Socket 1150 (and probably 1155 as well). Many reviewers are complaining that the screws ('bolts') are too short. These reviewers probably made the same mistake I also initially made.
  • Pros: Looks impressive!
  • Cons: Difficult to install.
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Overall 8
8.0

Not bad for $10

JIAN G., Newegg
1 May 2015
  • Summary: However, once you have experienced with the installation once, it is not going to be that hard any more. I would buy another one at $10 if I had the need of a new PC.
  • Pros: This cooler is huge. I am using it to cool an Intel i7-2600K CPU. I can overclock it to 4.4 GHz (as opposed to the default 3.4GHz) without problem. At 100% usage, the core temperature is at approximately 60 Celcius while the ambient temp is 28.
  • Cons: I have to remove the motherboard from the case. And since the cooler blocks the access to one of the RAM slots, it is impossible to add more RAMs once you have installed it (this is referenced to an ASUS PBZ77 motherboard and the situation would be the same with the other ASUS MB I have).
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Overall 2
2.0

BEWARE! DO NOT BUY!

JAMES L., Newegg
30 April 2015
  • Summary: I have owned over 6 CPU fans from Zalman, and this is the worst designed product I have seen from Zalman. Shame on you.
  • Pros: Quiet.
  • Cons: The installation requires access to the underside of the motherboard. Therefore, to install this CPU fan will require a new build or complete disassembly of your system. My situation was the later, which I find totally unacceptable.
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Overall 6
6.0

No pain no gain

Jun D., Newegg
27 April 2015
  • Summary: Patience
  • Pros: Good quality, cheap price(I bought it for $10)
  • Cons: 1. The extra portion on the plate designed for AMD is blocking the RAM slot on my Intel board. I have to manually bent that part to fix the issue. 2. Need to take the whole MB out to install the product. 3. The screws are extremely hard to install. And the screws are too short. I end up taking th...
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Overall 2
2.0

Awful Decision

Alexander N., Newegg
9 April 2015
  • Summary: Maybe AMD users will have better experiences. Maybe some Intel users will have better experiences. Maybe I'm just not the brightest person on the planet.
  • Pros: Looks great. If installed properly, will most likely keep CPU cooled.
  • Cons: Although I followed the provided instructions I couldn't install this cooler into my lga 1150 socket motherboard - the provided screws were not long enough to reach the provided nuts, and attempting to screw the cooler into the board (very slowly, less than a mm at a time at alternating corners) ...
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Overall 4
4.0

Defective heat pipe

Hung K., Newegg
7 April 2015
  • Pros: The price is $9.99 after $20 mail in rebate when I bought it few days ago. Huge heatsink with 6 heat pipes at $10 is very hard to find.
  • Cons: When I received the package, it was not damage or anything. Upon opening the box and taking out the heatsink, I noticed the heat pipes at the bottom does not fully touch with the base. There are 2 out of 6 heat pipe have a large gap in between where they don't make full contact with the base copp...
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