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Zalman CNPS5X
8.1 out of 10

Zalman CNPS5X

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Overall 10
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Awesome for the price

Jean-Philippe S., Newegg
26 April 2015
  • Summary: Keep your room clean, put filters on the fans slots to because this fan will grab any dust around and that may be why some people say their fans is failing after a few months of use, or it wasn't properly scr*wed in place and fell down...
  • Pros: Works better than expected, look bigger than I expected but fit to the millimeter on a MSI 970 Gaming and Corsair Carbide SPEC-01 Case. Cooling a FX-6300 slightly OC'd and it never go higher than 40C
  • Cons: None
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Overall 10
10

Big improvement over stock fan

Jim S., Newegg
20 April 2015
  • Summary: Haven't had any problems with stressing the CPU with Handbrake in encoding HD with an i5 at 3800 GHz.
  • Pros: Easy installation (no removing mobo) Quieter than stock fan Good price
  • Cons: None.
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User Review

Anonymous, Newegg
24 January 2015
  • Pros: Great size and a decent upgrade from a stock cpu cooler. Installation was fairly easy but I've never replaced a cpu cooler before so it was all new to me.
  • Cons: Slight rattle but not an issue
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Overall 10
10

Cool, quiet, worth it

Jeffery B., Newegg
22 January 2015
  • Summary: I'm glad I bought this over AMD's stock cooler. Much less noise, and I'm getting cool temperatures. If you want something beefier, you could also try Zalman's CNPS9500A for a little more money, as I've heard it can fit on virtually every motherboard they've ever tested.
  • Pros: Cool; Got my idle temps down by several degrees compared to stock cooling straight out of the box, and my load temps down even more than that. Fits in a small case with ease and cleared every component by a mile. Using an ASUS M5A78L-M LX-Plus motherboard and G.Skill RIPJAW Series RAM, for refere...
  • Cons: The only con to this is that there are grooves where the copper heatpipes touch the CPU that should be filled in with thermal grease for effective cooling.
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User Review

jenovaschild, Walmart
14 January 2015
  • Summary: First off the temp reduction over stock was quite impressive even though the stock heatsink that came with my old quad was first rate. I just bought this because I have been over clocking it and had some gift cards to spend. - AMD install is super simple and installs very solidly.
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Overall 10
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Quiet!

Douglas B., Newegg
14 January 2015
  • Pros: The stock cooler on my mother's AM3 was just too loud. I wanted something quiet, without having to remove the motherboard and install a back plate. The installation of this was pretty easy, and with Artic Silver 5, it is keeping things cool. But most importantly, it is very quiet. I do not know o...
  • Cons: None so far.
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Overall 10
10

An Excellent Cooler for Some Tight Situations

John H., Newegg
31 December 2014
  • Summary: I would not use this cooler in a full-size ATX build. There are better solutions, when you have sufficient space.
  • Pros: This cooler proved ideal mounted onto a CPU populating a micro-ATX motherboard in a micro-ATX mini-tower case. Many of the micro-ATX motherboards have the RAM slots located very close to the CPU. Most CPU coolers would overlap the first RAM slot (at least). Although you can find quite a few coole...
  • Cons: This cooler does not have back plate. Some folks consider this a pro (because it's more trouble to install a cooler that requires a back plate), but I would prefer a sturdy steel back plate, because it permits you to clamp the cooler to the CPU more tightly, improving the thermal interface. Witho...
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Overall 10
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3 ghz cool: About 81c under load(Prime95)

Amazon Customer "And now you know....", Amazon
20 December 2014
  • Summary: Bought this when it had a 20.00 rebate attached to it. Keeps my i5 3570k @ 4.3 ghz cool: About 81c under load(Prime95), and much lower than that in everyday use. Installs very easily and comes with all the mounting hardware for pretty much any socket you can think of.
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Overall 10
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Does what it says on the box: it cools my CPU

Anonymous, Newegg
9 December 2014
  • Summary: I did what another reviewer recommended and put some thermal paste along the seams where the copper meets the aluminum before mounting.
  • Pros: I am not overclocking my CPU, but its temps are about 20 degrees Celsius cooler than my CPU's included stock cooler. Given this, I'm sure it could handle a reasonable amount of heat generated by a little bit of overclocking. I got this one because of the 92mm fan size; I was nervous about getting...
  • Cons: It took me a little time and a couple of scratched knuckles to ensure the cooler was centered and fastened properly. It was a bit of a pain, but that's probably me and not the cooler's fault.
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Overall 10
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Very effective for the price. If not overclocking, this is all the cooler you should need.

Thomas, Amazon
9 December 2014
  • Summary: This is the first non-stock cooler I've ever bought, and I have to admit, I'm very impressed. Bought this because my CPU was running incredibly hot under load (80+C). Even had a couple forced shutdowns when it peaked 90C. Installed this cooler and haven't been able to get my temps above 60C.
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