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Zalman CNPS17X Review

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Founded in 1999, Zalman has been around for a very long time. As such, you could say they are one of the old guard, having formed back when PC gaming first really began to kick off with NVIDIA's release of the GeForce 256. Fast forward to today and Zalman has expanded into multiple markets and categories, not just coolers and fans, but also cases, power supplies, all-in-one liquid coolers, keyboards, and much more. Even so, they are perhaps best known for their legendary CNPS 9500, 9700, and 9900 CPU coolers, which were so well received they sky-rocketed the company's popularity within the DIY community.

In today's review, I look at Zalman's CNPS17X, which on the surface appears to be half of a CNPS20X. However, the CNPS17X has one less heat pipe. Even so, it is rated to handle up to a 200-watt TDP, which is still fairly impressive for this slimmer single-tower design. When it comes to marketing, Zalman has really pushed the envelope here, describing the cooler as having 4D Stereoscopic corrugated cooling fins and an RDTH "Reverse Direct Touch Heat pipe" cold plate. Honestly, the marketing is a bit much, but considering the CNPS20X is in the same family, it wasn't unexpected. So without further delay, let's take a closer look at what the CNPS17X has to offer.

Socket Support:Intel: LGA1150, LGA1151, LGA1155, LGA1156, LGA2011, LGA2066
AMD: AM3, AM3+, AM4
Heatsink:Material: Aluminium (fins)
Copper (heat pipes)
Dimensions: 140 mm x 100 mm x 160 mm
Heat pipes: Ø6 mm - 5 pcs
Weight: 700 g
Fan:Model: ZM-SF140 RGB
Dimensions: 140 mm x 140 mm x 25 mm
Fan Speed: 800–1500 RPM
Fan Airflow: 61 CFM (maximum)
Fan Noise: 29 dBA
Features:4D Stereoscopic corrugated cooling fins
RDTH (Reverse Direct Touch Heatpipes)
140 mm Dual-Blade spider fan with ARGB lighting
Minimized vibration and noise via biomimetics
Motherboard and Zalman Z-sync compatible
High thermal conductivity ZM-STC8 thermal paste included
Warranty:One year
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