These are copper based (nickel plated) heatpipes of which two are arranged in a O-shape design. The pure copper fins (nickle plated) effectively disperse heat away from the CPU via composite heatpipes, while the fans quickly cools the heatsink for stable operation of high performance CPUs
When we flip it around we see the heatpipes a little more up-close. Again, Pure Copper/Black-Pearl Nickel Plated. Direct heatpipe technology is what you get, as you can see there are six heatpipes.
The CNPS12X supports a broad range of sockets including Intels upcoming socket LGA2011 as well as all AMDs sockets. LGA2011/1366/1156/1155/775 and FM1/AM3+/AM3/AM2+/AM2 Despite its size the CNPS12X can be installed relatively easy in terms of needed space. A Mid -Tower chassis with its width is 180mm or wider is just fine.
Zalman CNPS 9900 DF review We review the Zalman CNPS 9900 DF CPU cooler with Dual Fan. It's 2012 and Zalman is going strong on the concept and just when you think they can't change anything on that design ...
Zalman CNPS 12X review The one that everybody remembers and still is going strong where the initial CNPS (Computer Noise Prevention System) CPU cooler, the copper somewhat rounded "butterfly" based coolers. That model has been the biggest success of all their coolers. Anno 2011 Zalman is still going strong on the concept and just when you think they can't change anything on that design they proof that a top notch new cooler based off that old design can still work out well and look gorgeous. The Zalman CNPS 12X comes with Zalmans heat transfer solution by utilizing composite heatpipe technology allowing a Q-Max of roughly 300W, along with a bigger design Zalman claims this cooler to be offering quiet operation and broad compatibility for Intel 2011/1156/1155/1366/775 & AMD AM3+/AM3/AM2+/AM2.
Zalman CNPS 10X Quiet and Extreme review Zalman recently released a new series of CNPS (Computer Noise Prevention System ) heatpipe based coolers. The new 10X coolers include five nice big heatpipes being cooled by a grotesque120mm fan. The PWM Fan comes with RPM Control which allows you to fine tune the cooler to your specific cooling requirements. And all that in a nice design and not too huge (in dimension) sized cooler. We will put two out of the three to the test namely the CNPS10X Extreme and CNPS10X Quiet. Both coolers impressed us a lot.