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Zalman has been around the block once or twice when it comes to CPU cooling or cooling anything in a computer. They have come a long way since the days when I was using the CNPS9500 to cool my AMD Opteron 170 CPU and the old VF700-CU on my ATI Radeon X850 XTPE. Exemplifying this is the newest entry to air cooling your CPUs with their latest entry to the market and it is a dual tower cooler as well. Following suit with the trend for silence in desktop computing, this dual tower comes equipped with a single 135mm fan to tend to the airflow, while hopefully keeping the cooler Ultra Quiet as its name suggests.

Just recently looking at the be quiet Dark Rock Pro 2, which was almost dead silent, as well as knowing that Noctua, Phanteks, Thermalright and all the others are capable of, Zalman has their hands full making a big name for themselves in a dual tower design.I already know that most of you are groaning at your monitor, asking yourself, how is a single 135mm fan geared for silence going to be able to handle the heat load of today's high-end CPU's? Well, Zalman makes the cooler with the potential to have three fans in a push/pull/pull fan configuration. While it is going to cost you some additional funds to get the extra pair of fans, the clips do come with the cooler in the hardware kit. So, with this sample to hit my desk, you have the choice of a ton of surface area and a single silent fan to keep temperatures manageable, or add another pair, lose a bit of the silent factor and keep temperatures under control.

The best thing about the Zalman CNPS14X that we are shortly going to get a really close look at is that Zalman boxed a pair of 135mm ZM-F4 fans so that I can not only see how this unit performs out of the box with the single fan, but I will also be testing with the triple fan configuration to see just how well this stands up to the likes of the Silver Arrow or the Noctua/Phanteks solutions.

That being said, let's see what this stylized monster cooler from Zalman is all about and dig right into the CNPS14X Ultra Quiet CPU cooler.


Read more at http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/4796/zalman_cnps14x_ultra_quiet_cpu_cooler_review/index1.html#TPfSbhL0HLUsittv.99
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It seems to be a decent cooler for the money. But with the stock fan it's 6 degrees worse than the Silver Arrow and the Dark Rock Pro 2.
The fact that you cant replace the middle fan is a no-go for me though, not even going into the aesthetic aspect.s wink.gif
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It seems to be a decent cooler for the money. But with the stock fan it's 6 degrees worse than the Silver Arrow and the Dark Rock Pro 2.
The fact that you cant replace the middle fan is a no-go for me though, not even going into the aesthetic aspect.s wink.gif

with 3x fans does a good job for the price
Edited by PontiacGTX - 9/25/12 at 11:32am
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How exactly is this the new king of air cooling? With one fan it cools 6 degrees worse while being a bit louder than the dark rock pro 2, and with 3 fans it cools as good as the DRP2 and is a LOT louder. It is a bit cheaper (although it probably costs about the same if you have to buy an additional 2 fans), which makes it an interesting option for people on a tighter budget, but by no means a king (would be a pretty ugly king too ^^).
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Exactly. It's more in the lane of a Thermalright HR-02 Macho or a Scythe Mine 2.
But it boggles my mind that Zalman at this day and age still thinks it's a good idea too use proprietary fans for their coolers. If they had the best fans in the world i wouldnt even complain but thats clearly not the case.
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Even if they had the best fans in the world it would still be nice to be able to replace them in case they would break. Now, if a fan fails after the warranty period (which is not that long I believe), your heatsink will be useless.
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The question is, "Is it better then their last cooler?" There last one was a flop.
Edited by cdoublejj - 9/25/12 at 2:56pm
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You mean the CNPS12X? That one wasn't that bad, was it? At least it was really pretty thumb.gif
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Even if they had the best fans in the world it would still be nice to be able to replace them in case they would break. Now, if a fan fails after the warranty period (which is not that long I believe), your heatsink will be useless.

completely agreed. I can understand it with their trademark circular coolers like the 9900, where its kind of design feature. But i still wouldnt buy one of these wink.gif
Edited by Elohim - 9/25/12 at 3:11pm
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The question is, "Is it better then their last cooler?" There last one was a flop.

i concur. Zalman was pretty popular back when they had their 8xxx and 9xxx cooler way back.

Nowadays, ppl want the option to use any type of fans for their heatsink.
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