Date: May 5th, 2010
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Zalman
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PRODUCT SPECIFICATION & FEATURES (From Zalman)
So what do you get for the cheaper US$45 price tag. Will there be any corners cut with the installation hardware?.
First out is the mounting hardware for most, if not all, recent Intel and AMD models along with 120mm fan and its related mounting clips. Also included is Zalman's ZM-STG2 Super Thermal Grease, a fan speed reduction power connector, a case badge along with an installation manual. This seems to be the same kit that I saw when I reviewed the CNPS10X Flex cooler a couple months ago.
And last out is the box is the heatsink. First impressions is that although the materials are lighter than the other CNPS10X models, they are still heavier than the material I have witnessed from much more expensive coolers from competing manufacturers. This is still a very well made cooler and doesn't feel at all flimsy or cheap when handling and getting it ready for installation.
Overall, initial thoughts are positive, now let's take a walk around the cooler to take a closer look.
More on that on the next page.