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Zalman CNPS2X Mini-ITX CPU Cooler Review - Noise Level Results

Zalman CNPS2X Mini-ITX CPU Cooler Review
Want a bit of style, even though you have no extra room for the CPU cooler? Zalman may have your answer with the CNPS2X super low profile CPU cooler.
| CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Aug 14, 2013 6:30 am
TweakTown Rating: 76%Manufacturer: Zalman

Noise Level Results

 

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Limiting the voltage to 7.5 volts left the fan running at 1600 RPMs. I have to give Zalman big props on the CNPS part of this design; this 80mm fan is barely audible at the 28dB level that was present at this power level.

 

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Once the fan was allowed to flex its wings, if you will, the speeds dramatically increase to near 2800 RPMs, and you can feel a subtle breeze around the cooler at this point. The CNPS portion is still working at this point as it delivered a 45dB level of noise in an open air system.

 

Granted, most cases will kill some of that noise, and with a PSU hovering over it, you aren't likely to ever see it, let alone hear it.

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