Sunday, March 25, 2018

Zalman CNPS12X CPU Cooler Review

When it comes to CPU coolers there are some companies we know and trust and Zalman is one of them.  We have been reviewing Zalman CPU coolers for quite sometime now and they always seem to impress us.  Their radical designs, quality materials, ease of use and great performance make them one of the premier brands when it comes to CPU cooling.  At CES this year we got a glimpse of Zalman’s largest CPU cooler to date the CNPS12X.  This massive CPU cooler features three 120mm fans, a dual heatsink design and 6 copper heatpipes.  Today we have the CNPS12X installed and ready to test, read on to see the results!

Special thanks to Zalman for providing us with the CNPS12X CPU Cooler to review.


Dimensions 151(L) x 132(W) x 154(H)mm
Weight 1,000g
Materials Pure Copper, Aluminum
Dissipation Area 9,635㎠
Heatpipes 6
Fan Low Noise 120mm Blue LED Fan
Fan Bearing Long Life Bearing
Fan RPM Quiet Mode
(with RC5)
850 ~ 1,100rpm ± 10% Performance Mode
(without RC5)
950 ~ 1,200rpm ± 10%
Noise Quiet Mode
(with RC5)
22dBA ± 10% Performance Mode
(without RC5)
24dBA ± 10%
Input Voltage 12V

The CNPS12X comes in a nice retail package as most Zalman products do.  On the front there is a large photo of the CPU cooler in action and it lets us know this CPU cooler is compatible with the latest Intel and AMD sockets.  On the back there is an overview of the features and specifications.

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On one side of the box and is good expanation of the technologies used in the cooler.  Getting everything out of the box you have the CNPS12X cooler, mounting hardware for both Intel and AMD systems, Zalman Super Thermal Grease, resistor cable, Zalman sticker and the user’s manual.

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To give you a great idea of how the CNPS12X comes and a brief overview of the cooler check out our unboxing and overview video below.

Bob Buskirk
the authorBob Buskirk
About 10 years of computer experience. Been messing around with electronics since I was 5, got into computers when I was in highschool, been modding them ever since then. Very interested in how things work and their design.
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