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Compatibility and Installation

The CNPS11X Extreme is compatible with all modern computer platforms. It comes with two types of fasteners and a versatile back-plate. The installation procedure is the same as with the abovementioned CNPS9900 MAX or the CNPS10X Flex we tested a year ago, so there is no point in describing it once again here, especially as there are detailed and comprehensive instructions on the manufacturer’s website (a 2.08MB PDF).


The pressure is very high: the feet of the fastening mechanism bend under the force of the screws, almost touching the surface of the mainboard. The distance from the bottom fin to the mainboard is 45 millimeters. The bottom plastic cap is 12 millimeters lower but can hardly interfere with any mainboard’s components around the CPU socket.

The cooler’s fan doesn’t hang above the memory slots and will not prevent you from installing memory modules with tall heatsinks.

The Zalman CNPS11X Extreme delivered the same performance irrespective of its orientation on the CPU socket in my system case.

I've almost forgotten to tell you that the cooler features beautiful blue highlighting.

It can’t be turned off and its intensity depends on the fan speed.

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