Monday, December 2nd 2019

Zalman CNPS20X and CNPS17X Coolers with RGB Embellishments Released

Korean PC cooling major Zalman released the CNPS20X and CNPS17X air coolers with RGB LED embellishments. The CNPS or computer noise prevention system line of CPU coolers from Zalman consist of the most outlandish and off-beat heatsink designs, and it's no different with the CNPS20X and CNPS17X. The CNPS17X has a solo fin-stack heatsink with one included fan, while the CNPS20X is a dual fin-stack heatsink with two included fans. Both coolers feature a small quantity of pure copper fins in addition to aluminium fins. The copper fins are positioned toward the center of the stack.

Both coolers include an RGB LED-embellished variant of the ZM-SF140, a 140 mm fan with split-blade impellers designed to increase air-flow. The fans spin between 800 to 1,500 RPM, pushing up to 63 CFM of air, with noise output ranging between 16.5 dBA to 28 dBA. An X-shaped form along the fan-frame holds clear acrylic diffusers for the RGB LEDs. The heights of both coolers are capped at 16 cm, which should make them kosher for most contemporary mid-towers cases. Among the CPU socket types supported are AM4, LGA115x, and LGA2066. The CNPS17X is rated for thermal loads of up to 200 W, while the CNPS20X is claimed by its makers to be fit for 300 W. Available in the EU, the CNPS17X is priced at 60€, while the CNPS20X goes for 80€.
Source: Cowcotland
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15 Comments on Zalman CNPS20X and CNPS17X Coolers with RGB Embellishments Released

#1
ShurikN
What in God's name is this abomination?!?!
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#2
ZoneDymo
Zalman makes me sad, used to be pretty badass brand, now we get this extremely unneeded and extremely cheap looking crap
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#3
P4-630
btarunr
while the CNPS20X goes for 80€
At that price it should be a really good cooler.
Or else a little more and you can buy a good Noctua or Be Quiet cooler.
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#4
seronx
ZoneDymo
Zalman makes me sad, used to be pretty badass brand, now we get this extremely unneeded and extremely cheap looking crap
At least... it has screws.
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#5
Dave65
ShurikN
What in God's name is this abomination?!?!
I was gonna say this exactly. I didn't even know Zalman was still around, haven't used anything from them in like forever.
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#6
bug
Interesting idea putting those copper fins in the middle. Since that area gets the most airflow, it's the area that gets the least hot, so using copper (conductivity) instead of aluminum (capacity) could work out well.
Now where are the reviews to (dis)prove my hunch?
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#7
Bones
seronx
At least... it has screws.
If the screws are like the ones in the Zalman cooler I bought awhile back, all that would mean is a trip to the hardware store because those screws would be worthless (Pot metal). That's what I had to do the first time I tried installing the cooler I got and found what I needed.
Didn't help they were allen head screws either but at least they included an allen wrench in the package..... Same pot metal quality though and stripping of the screws and wrench was imminent - Yes it happened too.
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#8
TheDeeGee
I remember Zalman being high-end in the late 90's and early 2000s.
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#9
bug
TheDeeGee
I remember Zalman being high-end in the late 90's and early 2000s.
Yup. Called their cooler CNPS back then, too.
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#10
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
Released to an already flooded market, i guess their radial style isnt good enough
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#11
birdie
ZoneDymo
Zalman makes me sad, used to be pretty badass brand, now we get this extremely unneeded and extremely cheap looking crap
The crap is in people's heads who demand everything to glow in RGB. What a BS trend. Even some truly professional motherboards now feature this imbecilic RGB lighting. God, it's just shameful.

I assembled a brand new PC (sans the case which was left from the previous PC) and both the motherboard and the CPU cooler feature RGB lighting which of course I didn't enable 'cause I do not want a new year tree under my desk.
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#12
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
this design looks pretty jank
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#13
UltraThicc
Fans without outer shroud ? Decreases fan performance for no reason, such a good design :D
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#14
TechLurker
I wonder how is the performance on those frameless fans, and if Zalman improved them any over the generic versions they were selling early on (that had the manual speed control on the fan hub).

DeepCool's turned out to be viable enough for watercooling (not to the same extent as Noctua fans of course, and only up to 45mm thick rads from what bits I've read), and has become something above a "mere novelty" when compared to other fancy aRGB fans but below that of "performance over looks" like Noctuas or server-grade fans.

Then there's the Alseye version; which looks like a DeepCool copy with just a frame design tweak.
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#15
Jism
ZoneDymo
Zalman makes me sad, used to be pretty badass brand, now we get this extremely unneeded and extremely cheap looking crap
The 300W dissapeation of heat is remarkable. Most cpu coolers top out at 150 to 200W.

For some water is'nt a option.
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