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Zalman-cnps20lq.33814782
9.1 out of 10

Zalman CNPS20LQ

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Overall 8
8.0

Rebate ??

john a., Newegg
18 November 2012
  • Pros: Works very good. Keeps temps 31c at idle and never over 52c with a load.
  • Cons: Minus one star for rebate. Don't hold your breath waiting for it. I sent mine in over 3 mo's ago, recieved an email saying it was recieved and to expect a rebate. Said rebate is way over due. Bought 2 of them and will buy more if said rebate ever gets here. If not , will never buy from Zalman again.
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Overall 10
10

Works A Treat!

Anonymous, Newegg
28 September 2012
  • Summary: First time with liquid cooling, but will not be my last. I'm sold.
  • Pros: Very quiet, seems to be effective - my average temp fully loaded has dropped from an average around 76 C to 55 C.
  • Cons: Had to move the upper 230mm fan in my CoolerMaster 912 to get it in place.
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Overall 10
10

As quiet as they get

Paul E., Newegg
9 September 2012
  • Summary: Bought this to replace a Corsair H80 after the water pump on it started making metal grinding sounds. It seems that this Zalman is being overlooked by many in favor of the Corsair - stop right there! The Zalman is better in every way. No joke. The Zalman is physically lighter, dramatically quieter (my HDD is now the loundest thing in my case, and it's in a silent box), and runs it's pump from a 3pin fan header rather than needing a Molex.
  • Pros: - Solidly built
  • Cons: - Installation diagrams & procedure could be much clearer
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Overall 10
10

zalman CNPS20LQ

john e., Newegg
26 July 2012
  • Summary: new egg is the schiznitz, love yu guys and gals. waiting on my evga superclocked bla bla bla video card to arrive tomorrow just built my ivy bridge dream machine and yu guys rock...
  • Pros: worked as advertised, extremely good looking and very quiet.used this product with a i7 3770k- asus p8z77-v lk - 16 gb g skill 2400 ram- 750 watt corsair psu - mounted in a fanqua mid tower, bottom mounted psu case
  • Cons: instructions really should have a pic , or a diagram of 1155 back plate position on mobo, it has to be crooked , at a angle to get all 4 screw holes to line up to mobo holes. almost sent it back, but kept moving it around , and around till i got all 4 holes aligned to mobo, but it looks like a hack job from rear of mobo. no taking away a egg here,but i bet some buyers send cooler back thinking zalman cant measure holes correctly.
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Overall 10
10

Great cooler!

Peter W., Newegg
14 July 2012
  • Summary: Great all-in-one system for under $100 and performs better than expected - running an AMD Phenom X4 965BE @ 4.2Ghz, idle temp in the mid 20's, never goes above 53-54ºC under load. Rather than use the packaged 120mm fan, I put on another quiet one I had that pushes 66CFM and it keeps things chilly. Definitely worth the money, especially with the current rebate offer!
  • Pros: Radiator design isn't huge, can fit a variety of cases
  • Cons: Had to remove my motherboard to get everything set up (bracket) but not the cooler's fault, have an Antec 300 case and the tray doesn't have a space by the CPU to get to the bracket.
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Overall 10
10

The Purrr of quality

Tyler C., Newegg
12 July 2012
  • Summary: This thing works exactly as advertised. If it is durable it will be the ideal cooler for hot running older AMD dual cores, at least.
  • Pros: A quiet pump, no leaks, radiator fit my old cooler master case just fine, lines are thick and soft for easy setup, the fan is a nice unit that moves some air, not a single bent fin in the radiator, and decent hardware. It keeps this 3.1 ghz Athlon Dual core nice and cool. Beats out my good old Xigmatek Heat pipe tombstone by 6 degrees C at idle and 11 under full load running Prime95. With 2 less fans in the case, the system temp is about 3 degrees C cooler.
  • Cons: Nothing serious- some quibbles might be having to remove the motherboard to install the backplate, and on an AM2 you have to remove the OEM HS mount bracket, too.
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Overall 10
10

A name you can trust, performance you can expect!

Shelly T., Newegg
5 July 2012
  • Summary: At first I was a little hesitant on putting anything liquid based into my machine. I trust the Zalman name, and to find out the gel inside is non conductive gave me added peace of mine when deciding to add this cooler into my build.
  • Pros: This unit delivers, equipped with the 3750k I was able to overclock my i5 with this heat sink to 4.4 from its stock 3.4. My temperatures are about 28-32c idle and 48-55c on extreme load. Also it looks very clean installed in my 650D. Oh yes and if your wondering, not that it matters to me but it is SILENT.
  • Cons: The directions do not say what what orientation to face the hoses. I see other people online asking this question and I have read it can be done both ways. I installed mine with the hoses up, it looks more natural, and it the only way you can see the Zalman logo.
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Overall 10
10

Quiet, 53C at full load (3570k)

Jeff W., Newegg
28 June 2012
  • Summary: Interesting to note that much of the hardware resembles that of the Antec units. Perhaps same OEM is making these, but design is different. Larger radiator than the Antec 620 and pushes air through rather than pulls. I had at first tried an Antec 920, however, it was massively too large for my Antex 300-2 case. So I went with this. Awesome!
  • Pros: First water cooler, and color me impressed. Temps dropped 10C from my big heatsink/fan (a Zalman cnps9500), and noise is nowhere to be found. Installs easily. Love the PWN fan control, a big plus. A "push" design rather than the "pull" of a few other single-fan units. Zalman brand is one I trust.
  • Cons: Instructions could be better. See review below for very helpful tips. But not enough of a problem to cause and egg reductions.
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Overall 10
10

Amazing First Step in Water Cooling

Anonymous, Newegg
18 June 2012
  • Summary: Quick suggestions on the install ! Please line up and make sure you are lining up the back plate and the pump before you actually attempt to install it ! Also I think it was step 4 where they show you a top view of the screw and it says inner for socket 1155/56, they should have said that the screw pieces rotate you want the screw facing in on the actually metal plate (rounded part in).
  • Pros: Very Very quiet. Cools my i7 3770K was getting around 25c-30c on cold boot and running some video encoding it stayed within the 50-58c range and this is at automatic fan control with minimum setting set to 40%! It never touched 60 at all !
  • Cons: None ! This was an absolute blast putting together my first water cooled cpu together.
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Overall 10
10

Nice improvement

Daniel B., Newegg
26 April 2012
  • Summary: I just installed this unit to replace my CoolerMaster V8. I am using it on an i7-3820 (Socket 2011), in a cabinet without great ventilation.
  • Pros: It works
  • Cons: Push/Pull fan configuration didn't make much difference.
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