Zalman CNPS20X CPU Cooler Review (Page 2)

| Jun 15, 2020 at 8:50 am CDT
Rating: 92%Manufacturer: ZalmanModel: cnps20x



The packaging is clean looking while delivering a ton of information on the front panel. At the top, we see that this is the world's best 4D CPU cooler, even though it may be the only one! Under the CNPS20X name, we also see compatibility with Razer Chroma RGB and the spider icon alluding to the fan design, the CNPS badge for the series of coolers, and it has Spectrum RGB Sync.

It is Z-SYNC compatible if you have the hub and software that drives that option. Compatibility for CPU support is also listed, all of which is before you get to the close-up image of the tower, with some "creative" lighting shown, which does not represent what we saw.

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We see a rendering of the CNPS20X at the left, which is continuing from the image we saw on the front as we spin the box and expose the right-side panel. As for the information to be found, all we have here is the name of the cooler.

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On the back of the box, we find the naming and claim to fame at the top, which we saw on the front. Below are two images of the CNPS20X, the first showing RAM clearances, depth measurements, as well as number 3 showing that the fan can move to accommodate taller memory. The image to the right shows us the cooler's width and height, without any height added should you have taller RAM under it.

At the bottom, there are explanations of the numbers seen around the first image, and they also show how the splitter cables work for fan power and RGB. We also covered most of the fine print at the bottom, but the RDTH, or reverse direct touch heat pipe, is something we see here, for the first time.

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The left side of the box starts with a list of features in six languages. The list covers performance, the 350 passages for airflow, the use of RDTH, fans, RGB support, a mention of Z-SYNC, inclusion of ZM-STC8 thermal compound, and that Razer Chroma and Z-Sync need specific parts to work. In the middle of the panel is a condensed specifications chart above the EAN and UPC flanked with legal information, a QR code, and the development information of the CNPS20X.

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After removing half a dozen sections of dense foam which surrounds all sides of the inner packaging, we can see how well the CNPS20X is shipped. A fan sipped above, and to the left of the cooler, both in individual boxes keeps them well protected in transit, and the same can be said for the tower, which rides inside a box in the middle. As for the box seen on the right of the tower, that is the hardware box containing everything you need except for a screwdriver to get the cooler mounted to your system.

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After a year of gaming, Chad caught the OC bug. With overclocking comes the need for better cooling, and Chad has had many air and water setups. With a few years of abusing computer parts, he decided to take his chances and try to get a review job. As an avid overclocker, Chad is always looking for the next leg up in RAM, cooling, as well as peripherals.

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