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Zalman CNPS14X Pure Aluminum High Performance 140mm Fan Ultra Quiet Interactive Heatpipe Transfer Design CPU Cooler

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  • 950 - 1350 RPM +/-10%
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CPU cooling is key to entire system stability and reliability, especially for the gaming rig with high-end power-consuming processor. Designed with this in mind, the Zalman CNPS14X CPU cooler offers a perfect solution for professionals and overclockers seeking uncompromised performance at unbeatable price. Six double-efficiency heatpipes penetrate dense aluminum fin array to efficiently take and spread the heat generated by CPU, while a low-RPM 140mm fan blows cool air through the fin surface without adding much noise. Comprehensive compatibility with Intel and AMD platform makes the CNPS14X an all-round athlete and effectively protects your investment.

  • newegg IHD Technology IHD (Interactive Heatpipe transfer Design) Technology applied to keep your computer running smooth and stable. With height less than 160mm it fits in a variety of cases including mid case (width 180mm).
  • newegg 'U' Type Dual Heatsink U-shape dual heat sink is designed to maximize the dissipation area. Plus the aerodynamically constructed double-induction heat sink increases the airflow maximizing cooling performance.
  • newegg High Quality Base Zalman’s unique sanding process provides excellent heat transfer ability.
  • newegg Ultra Quiet 140mm Fan Running at 950 - 1350 RPM (+/-10%) and 17 - 21 dBA (+/-10%) noise level, the frameless 140mm ultra quiet middle fan dissipate heat quickly and silently. You can also add two extra 140mm fans (sold separately) to boost the thermal performance, ideal for overclockers and power users.
  • newegg ZM-STG2M High performance ZM-STG2M thermal grease helps to maximize the heat transfer from CPU to base allowing optimal cooling performance.
  • newegg High Compatibility Compatible with Intel LGA 775/1155/1156/1366/2011 platform and AMD AM2/AM2+/AM3/AM3+/FM1 platform.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Jared S.
  • 6/11/2015 4:56:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat in all ways

Pros: Excellent cooling. Quiet. Attractive. Everything a wome....HSF should be. I have it mounted to an FX-8310 clocked up to 4.1Ghz on an ASROCK 970 Performance board.

Cons: It's big. Double check specs with your intended case/motherboard/ram for clearance.

Other Thoughts: One of the best coolers I have used. Fairly easy to install... make sure you read the instructions!!! If you flip the back-plate the wrong way, the bolts will be too short.

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  • Scott H.
  • 5/15/2015 3:03:34 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: No problem installing on Asus Z97-A once board was out.
$9.99 after promo and rebate.
Big and impressive.

Cons: Fan a little louder than I like so I took an egg off.

Other Thoughts: A steal at $9.99, would not have bought at reg price.

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/15/2015 10:01:55 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsZM-CNPS14X

Pros: Said Hard to install Not so.. just as easy as 212 Evo
Cooler than my EVO 212
Would by again !

Cons: Make sure you take this cooler Large. Don't order fans till install.

Other Thoughts: Buy

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/7/2015 2:02:36 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks well but installation tricky

Pros: Works well, got 4.3GHz on my i5-4670k on the first attempt. Might try to go higher later.

Cons: Instructions need work, a lot of the diagrams are misleading or hard to read. Need to work out a mental model of how to install it since it's so large and blocks other components. This is my first aftermarket cooler install, so it wasn't terrible nor was it very easy.

Other Thoughts: So first of all this is my first non-stock cooler and after hearing that the major con is the installation, I decided to give it a try anyway. This thing is massive and it barely cleared the height of my RAM modules. Mine doesn't have RAM heatsinks or anything so I'm not sure if some RAM sticks with heatsinks would have been too tall for it. Had to remove/unplug pretty much everything from the board to put it in, except the front panel wires (those are annoying to put back since they're at the very bottom of the board).

The instructions were small so a lot of details about orientation and the order of installation were either hard to read or left out altogether. So I had to kind of build a mental model of the installation and "predict" a few steps ahead of the installation manual.

Whole process took about 1.5 hours just for the installation.

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  • Richard S.
  • 5/5/2015 4:35:44 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAbove average air cooler

Pros: Bought because of the price. They must have a load of these to move because of all the installation complaints, so they are practically giving them away A/R and promo code. Cooling performance is at least on par with the hyper 212 and was 1/3 of the cost. I install my air coolers for upwards airflow and I can fit any lo profile ram under the fins in a z87/97.

Cons: Was hoping for a little better cooling, results about equal to a hyper 212's and corsair a70's I have and below almost all but the cheapest liquid setups . And it's a little laborious to get it tightened down but that's obvious as the size of the cooler dictates that the bolts are located under the fins. Please just look at the pictures! and do not be surprised about - taking your board out of the case - the bolts are to short because you installed the hold down plates upside down - my ram doesn't fit or gee, it's to big for my case.

Other Thoughts: If you want to use push /pull, the two extra fan clips work with 120mm fans, you don't need 140's.

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/2/2015 11:55:49 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsReview for SKT-1150 installation

Pros: Looks impressive!

Cons: Difficult to install.

Other Thoughts: This review refers to installations on Socket 1150 (and probably 1155 as well). Many reviewers are complaining that the screws ('bolts') are too short. These reviewers probably made the same mistake I also initially made. It's difficult to tell from these pictographic type instructions, but the parts they call 'nuts' must be inserted BEFORE the parts they call 'side caps' ... in other words the back of the nuts should be positioned between the side cap and the metal clip. If positioned correctly they are plenty long, if incorrectly positioned they are too short. If installed correctly the side caps hold the nuts in place.

The second complaint some reviewers make is that the motherboard has to be removed to install this cooler. This should be expected, as nearly all high-performance heatsinks require a brace underneath the motherboard to more securely attach and support the significant additional weight. Some cases have board pans which provide access to the back of the motherboard for this purpose. However, it is probably a good idea to remove the motherboard anyway because installing a large, high-performance motherboard requires concentration, dexterity and considerable mouth distortions to accomplish. Having only cramped access increases the chance of accidental damage to the motherboard or other components. Even if your motherboard is uninstalled and freely accessible, if it has large power module heatsinks (near the processor socket) you may find large heatsinks like this nearly impossible to install due to limited access to one or more sides of the processor (ex: Asus Z97-Pro).

If you are using high-profile type memory (tall) then you'll probably be limited to the outer set of memory sockets. I measure about 38mm minimum distance between the 1150 socket bracket and closest usable memory slot. This is not unusual for high-performance heatsinks. But you will probably be able to use low-profile memory in the memory socket which will lie underneath the heatsink if the memory is installed prior to attaching the heatsink (but be careful to avoid hitting the memory when installing the heatsink or you could end up with a broken memory socket).

I will agree with most reviewers who complain that this cooler is neither easy nor quick to install. But once you get it installed you're good to go. If you plan to regularly change your processor, then you definitely want to find an easier to uninstall/reinstall cooling option (I suggest a liquid cooler).

I also agree that the fan needs a shroud. But clips are provided which will allow installation of a second (and third) 140mm fan if you need more airflow.

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  • JIAN G.
  • 5/1/2015 2:57:37 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNot bad for $10

Pros: This cooler is huge. I am using it to cool an Intel i7-2600K CPU. I can overclock it to 4.4 GHz (as opposed to the default 3.4GHz) without problem. At 100% usage, the core temperature is at approximately 60 Celcius while the ambient temp is 28.

Cons: I have to remove the motherboard from the case. And since the cooler blocks the access to one of the RAM slots, it is impossible to add more RAMs once you have installed it (this is referenced to an ASUS PBZ77 motherboard and the situation would be the same with the other ASUS MB I have).

Other Thoughts: However, once you have experienced with the installation once, it is not going to be that hard any more. I would buy another one at $10 if I had the need of a new PC.

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  • JAMES L.
  • 4/30/2015 7:41:30 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBEWARE! DO NOT BUY!

Pros: Quiet.

Cons: The installation requires access to the underside of the motherboard. Therefore, to install this CPU fan will require a new build or complete disassembly of your system. My situation was the later, which I find totally unacceptable.

Other Thoughts: I have owned over 6 CPU fans from Zalman, and this is the worst designed product I have seen from Zalman. Shame on you.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear valued customer,

We sincerely apologize for the issue. Please contact our customer service e-mail support.usa@zalmanusa.com or via toll free number 1-888-925-6266 for further assistance.

Thank you.

Best regards,

Zalman USA Customer Service

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  • Jun D.
  • 4/27/2015 10:14:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNo pain no gain

Pros: Good quality, cheap price(I bought it for $10)

Cons: 1. The extra portion on the plate designed for AMD is blocking the RAM slot on my Intel board. I have to manually bent that part to fix the issue.
2. Need to take the whole MB out to install the product.
3. The screws are extremely hard to install. And the screws are too short. I end up taking the plastic cap out to make them fit.
4. Pictures on the user manual are confusing. It takes some effort to recognize which side needs to face up for many parts.
5. The installation tool comes with the kit is not useful. Use your own tools.

If you are reasonably handy and have some time to kill, this is a very good deal. Otherwise, you will find the installation process extremely frustrating.

Other Thoughts: Patience

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  • Alexander N.
  • 4/9/2015 2:51:28 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsAwful Decision

Pros: Looks great.
If installed properly, will most likely keep CPU cooled.

Cons: Although I followed the provided instructions I couldn't install this cooler into my lga 1150 socket motherboard - the provided screws were not long enough to reach the provided nuts, and attempting to screw the cooler into the board (very slowly, less than a mm at a time at alternating corners) caused the motherboard to bend.

Other Thoughts: Maybe AMD users will have better experiences.
Maybe some Intel users will have better experiences.
Maybe I'm just not the brightest person on the planet.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear valued customer,

We sincerely apologize for the issue. Please contact our customer service e-mail support.usa@zalmanusa.com or via toll free number 1-888-925-6266 for further assistance.

Thank you.

Best regards,

Zalman USA Customer Service

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