Zalman CNPS8000A CPU Cooler ReviewRJR -
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The Zalman CNPS8000A cooler did a respectable job at controlling the heat of the i3 540 at stock speed and a mild 3.61 GHz overclock. Running at 3.61 GHz, the CNPS8000A managed a 56c load temperature versus the stock Intel cooler's 72c. As you can see this cooler with its 4 heat-pipe design could come in very handy in tight spaces or when used with processors that don't produce significant amounts of heat, like the Core i3. The overall fit and finish of this cooler was very good, albeit the base finish not being a perfect reflective, void-free surface, though it was very flat and smooth to the touch. This is the kind of finish you're going to find in a cooler at this price point, hence this will not be viewed as a negative in this review.
The cooler was very quiet, even at the maximum RPM we used when testing. Lowering the fan speed with the included Fan-Mate 2 fan controller can produce a virtually silent CPU fan condition. This can really come in handy if you are using the cooler in an HTPC or just want complete silence from your computer, although you do take a hit in cooling capacity.
- Good cooling capability
- Minimum height
- Quiet operation with fan controller
- Quality manufacture and finish
- Good clearance around CPU
- Cooling capacity with fan controller