Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Zalman USA
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH (cont'd)
All three fans terminate in a single, 3-pin connector precluding the use of motherboard PWM fan control. The wiring is a bit messy looking and could have benefited from some sleeving or other management scheme. Moving on to the base…
…Zalman uses what they call W-DTH (Whole-Direct Touch Heatpipes) technology to pack as much heatpipe area into the smallest base area possible. As you can see, there are no ribs between the ‘pipes and the base has the highly polished finish we've come to expect from Zalman. Unsurprisingly, the 12X also displays the top-shelf quality and attention to detail that Zalman is famous for.
Considering the sheer number of sockets that are supported, the mounting solution is relatively simple, despite the numerous parts and fasteners provided. Most of these items are used on both AMD and Intel motherboards, but AMD users will have to forgo the OEM retention brackets in favor of the Zalman units. Zalman also includes an allen wrench along with the RC5 resistor cable, thermal compound and case sticker.
That about does it for the walkaround, and I'm excited to get the 12X installed and see how it performs, so let's get to it.
PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING
Our testbed for the Zalman CNPS 12X will consist of the following hardware:
Intel Q6600 Kentsfield Core2Quad CPU
Western Digital WD800 hard drive
Western Digital WD6400 hard drive
Samsung SH-S203N DVD writer
Buffalo Firestix DDR2 RAM (2 X 1GB)
EVGA 8800 GTS 640MB graphics card
Thermaltake Toughpower 750W PSU
We'll test it in the open case pictured above. Keep in mind that temps inside your case will be different, depending on the chassis and airflow.
After gathering the necessary parts and the manual, it was a simple matter to assemble the backplate. Following the instructions in the manual, the fastening nuts and clips can then be installed on the backplate, along with the loading block (spacer for Intel 775 only) and sticky tape. Mr. Bones is keeping a close eye on me to make sure I get everything just right, but it's really unnecessary thanks to the level of detail in the manual. Zalman even has illustrations showing the wrong way to assemble the mounts if the operation isn't intuitive to you. Other than the included allen wrench, no other tools are necessary.