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Three months after we tested the CNPS9900 MAX cooler from Zalman TechCo, Ltd., the Korean company rolls out its new product which is named CNPS11X Extreme.

It is neither a continuation nor a development of any existing product series as you can infer from its model name. It is positioned by the company into a category of its own in terms of cooling performance and price. To be more specific, Zalman claims the CNPS11X Extreme to be the ultimate and compromise-free cooler which is more efficient and more expensive than anything the company has ever produced over its 12-year-long history. Let’s see if this cooler can really impress us with its performance.

Packaging and Accessories

The cardboard box with Zalman CNPS11X Extreme is decorated in the company’s traditional dark style and bears a picture of the cooler on its face side.

There is exhaustive information about the key features and specs of the cooler on the sides of the box. You can also learn about the new heat pipes employed in its heatsink.


The cooler is additionally packed into a blister wrap.

This wrap envelopes the cooler tight and protects it against damage during transportation and storage. My sample of the cooler came to me with one corner of its box crumpled, yet nothing was damaged inside.

There are accessories on top of the plastic wrap: a back-plate, fasteners, user guide, thermal grease and a Zalman sticker.

The Zalman CNPS11X Extreme is manufactured in South Korea. Its recommended price is $89.99 which is comparable to that of such respected products as Thermalright’s Archon and Noctua’s NH-D14. The CNPS11X Extreme comes with a 2-year warranty.

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