Zalman CNPS 12X review -
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Mounting the cooler is a fairly easy thing to do, though the motherboard needs to come out of the chassis. Now you first prepare the backplate, nuts need to be inserted in the holes for corresponding processor Socket, Socket 1155 in our case, which then are secured with a nut cap.
We mount the back plate and need to prep the cooler as some Intel clips needs to be mounted (shown below). If you are doing an Intel installation use the black washers. If you are on an AMD platform, use the transparent washers (!). We did it the wrong way and it had an incredible effect on performance.
You can already insert your processor and apply thermal paste. BTW the picture makes it look like there's a liter of it on there, which is not the case. Apply a drop is needed, smear it out making sure you have a flat thin layer applied.
So at the cooler's base, we need to loosen four screws. Once done at each side, slide in either the AMD or Intel metal clip, fasten the screws again and then we can mount the cooler onto the motherboard. With the help of a wrench you can secure the last two bolts. This is the most tricky and icky part though as the bolts are hard to reach.
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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.
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