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Zalman CNPS12X

The newest participant in our today’s test session is Zalman CNPS12X. This one-kilogram cooler turned out a real success in many respects: very efficient, quiet and very attractive-looking, though all of that comes at a pretty high price of $99:


The contact between the cooler W-DTH base and the CPU heat-spreader didn’t turn out too good either:


Looks like I will have to lap and polish the heat-spreader of my Intel Core i7-3960X extreme Edition processor after all.

Zalman CNPS12X fit perfectly fine into the new system case and onto our test mainboard. However, you should keep in mind that if you are using memory modules with tall heat-spreaders, you won’t be able to install them into the closest DIMM slots.

Technical Specifications and Recommended Pricing

In addition to our brief recap of the testing participants’ features, we would like to some them up side by side in the following table (except for the Intel liquid-cooling system):

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