Zalman CNPS11X Extreme Review
There’s no doubt that when you’re building a gaming pc you’re going to want to have a decent CPU Cooler. Why? Because you’re going to overclock it of course! Now although the Intel stock cooler is better than it used to be, it’s still no match for even the most basic of after-market coolers. These coolers (we’re talking air cooling here) tend to range in price from around £15 to over £75.
They all cool right? Well yes, but one would hope that some of those more expensive coolers would cool that little bit better!
Here we have the new Zalman CNPS11X Extreme (wow that’s a catchy name!), costing approximately £50 at the time of the review, let’s take a look and see what you get for you’re money…
The CNPS11X came well packaged in a box that contained the cooler (inc fan) pre-assembled and a myriad of mounting hardware. This hardware allows the cooler to support the following sockets: (1155/1156, 1366, 775, AM3, AM2+, AM2).
The cooler is mid-sized (larger than a Corsair A50 but still smaller than a Noctua NH-D14(but isn’t everything?!)), it has 5 heat-pipes, a 120mm blue LED fan with a max fan speed of 1950rpm and a maximum noise level of 33dBA.