Once in a while I have to eat my predictions, and here seems to be one of those occasions! Zalman has proved that I can't judge a cooler by size or stature. I give all my products a fair shake, but I really didn't see this one coming. While the CNPS11X wasn't a record breaker in any of the four charts, it did finish in the top ten in all of them, and there has to be some love shown for that fact. Usually we see a cooler offers great cooling, but the noise levels aren't so great - likely not good at all. On the flip side, we normally see a super quiet fan and the resulting temperatures leave something to be desired. Considering the footprint, design and the lack of annoying fan noise, I will happily eat my words and show as many people this cooler as possible.
Usually I start this paragraph off about where the manufacturer screwed up, or where things don't work quite right. Sorry to disappoint you, but I really have nothing to complain about here. With the last cooler I had causing me major mounting issues due to a stripped screw, I had to go and take the Dremmel to it to make a straight slot to allow me to use the cooler. I completely dig that Zalman has addressed this to make our lives easier. While I'm sure there are better fan options out there, I think the blue LED hub and clear blades that light up from said hub makes this fan is a good choice for both aesthetics and performance balance.
With nothing to complain about and the fact that this cooler does much better than average in our testing, how can I not recommend you go and get one of these? I do have to say, the $80 price point led me to believe that this cooler may have done a bit better. Considering the size of this cooler against what beat it, I have to say Zalman did a very good job on giving us the best efficiency they could with the limited space. If you don't have room for a D-14, or the HAVIK 140, and maybe the other coolers don't have that "original" look you are striving for, by all means, for the $79.99 pricing at Newegg.com I can't say you will be disappointed - more likely you will be impressed like I was with just what the CNPS11X is capable of.
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