Zalman CNPS12X High-End CPU Cooler is a Beast!

Zalman CNPS12X Specifications, Features and Compatibility

Zalman has recently announced it latest high end CPU cooler, the Zalman CNPS12X. Although the CNPS12X was first unveiled in this year’s Computer trade show last June, Zalman has finally and officially announced it and it’s coming into to your local computer stores.


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There were some changes when the Zalman CNPS12X was first introduced. This latest version is now fully compatible with socket LGA2011, for the upcoming Sandy Bridg-E Core i7 processors and AMD AM3+ and AMD FM1 sockets.

This high end CPU cooler reminds me of the old CNPS9700. The CNPS12X is like an innovation and improved version of CNPS9700. It looks more promising, and has a “beastly” touch. The CNPS12X has a mark “XIIX” on its top. It actually stands for “12X”. Now let’s get into details.

Zalman CNPS12X Features

zalman_cnps12x compatibilityThe CNPS12X is made of 6 high performance heatpipes that easily transfers the heat to its fins. It features an Interactive Heat pipe transfer Design, short for (I.H.D.).

Although it features a Triple blade design, it’s relatively silent. That’s right! This beast has three 120mm blue led fans.

With the Whole Direct Touch Heatpipes technology or W-DTH, the processor is directly in contact with the heatpipes making the heat transfer process better.

The Zalman CNPS12X is compatible with, if not all, most of the sockets currently available in the market. The CNPS12X is coated with “Black-Pearl” Nickel for long term corrosion resistance.

It also comes with a fully compatible and adjustable back plate, and a high performance super thermal grease ZM-STG2 by Zalman.

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Zalman CNPS12X Compatibility

The CNPS12X is very much compatible with most of the current and upcoming sockets that motherboard manufacturer is throwing at us. Below is a list of compatible CPU sockets:

  • Intel Socket 775 – Celeron, Pentium and Dual Core, Core 2 Extreme, Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad
  • Intel Socket 1366 – Core i7 and Core i7 Extreme
  • Intel Socket 1155/1156 – Core i3, Core i5, Core i7 and Core i7 Extreme
  • Intel Socket 2011 – Sandy Bridge-E Core i7 and Core i7 Extreme
  • AMD AM2 – Sempron, Opteron, Athlon, Athlon X2, Athlon FX
  • AMD AM2+ – Sempron, Anthlon /X2/FX, Phenom, Phenom II
  • AMD AM3 – Athlon II and Phenom II
  • AMD AM3+
  • AMD FM1 – Llano
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Zalman CNPS12X Specifications

Heatsink and Fan Specs:
Dimensions: 151(L) x 132(W) x 154(H)mm
Weight: 1,000g
Materials: Pure Copper, Aluminum
Dissipation Area: 9,635 cm^2
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%
Quiet Mode (with RC5) – 22dBA ± 10%
Performance Mode (without RC5) – 24dBA ± 10%
Input Voltage: 12V

ZM-STG2 Thermal Grease Specs:
Color: Gray
Capacity: 3.5g
Specific Gravity @23°C: 2.88
Thermal Resistance: 8mm^2 K/W
Thermal Conductivity: 4.1W/mK
Temperature Stability: -40°C ~ +150°C (-40℉ ~ +302℉)

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Zalman CNPS12X Price and Availability

As of today, Zalman has not yet disclosed information regarding its price and availability.

The Zalman CNPS12X looks very promising. I’m currently using Prolimatech Megashadow and so far I’m satisfied with its performance. I wonder how the Zalman CNPS12X will fare with my Megashadow and other air-based high end CPU cooler out there.

I’m hoping that Zalman would send me one for a review. ^_^



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