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Zalman CNPS6000-Cu
Page 1 - Zalman's Quiet Cooling Solution
Author: Dan Podhola (WebMasterP)
Date: July 30, 2002
Category: Cooling
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Zalman CNPS6000-Cu

Zalman is a Korean company that makes high quality cooling products. However, they are not like your standard cooling company. Zalman offers a Computer Noise Prevention System (CNPS) line of products. The CNPS6000-Cu I'm reviewing for you today fits into Socket 370/462 segment of their quiet cooling endeavor. Near silent cooling solutions usually come with a high performance cost read on to see if Zalman can break that trend.

El Boxshot
El Boxshot
The Guts
The Guts

As I stated before, the CNPS6000-Cu fits socket 370 and Socket A (462) processors. Here is a quick look at the heatsinks specifications:

Dimensions (mm) 95~110(L) x 63(W) x 65(H)
Dissipation Area 2600~2900cm²
Base Material Pure Copper *
Weight 462g
Thermal Resistance (Deg.C/W) 0.31 - Silent Mode
0.23 - Normal Mode

* I put the asterisk there for two reasons. One, the entire heatsink isn't copper; there is aluminum around the base. Two, I've always wanted to do the cool little thing with the asterisk and make a disclaimer.

Camera 1
Camera 1
Camera 2
Camera 2

Since I like to keep things in order, let me start off with what's included in the box. Zalman has included the heatsink and fan (naturally). What's unusual about the CNPS6000-Cu's fan is that it doesn't directly attach to the heat sink, it attaches to the screws that hold in your video and PCI cards. Also, the fan weighs in at 92mm which is way above your average 60mm. In the package you also get the bracket that supports the fan, thermal grease, some screws, the heatsink clip (not attached to the heatsink), an adjustable fan speed controller, heatsink installation tool and, of course, a manual.

Good To Go
Good To Go
Fan Removed
Fan Removed

Out of the box leads to into the computer, right? So, how did the unit install? Great! This is by far the easiest to install heatsink I've ever owned. The installation tool that was included made clipping the heat sink down just plain easy. Mounting the fan to the AGP/PCI/ISA support screws was just as easy. The only thing I disliked about the install was how the fan speed control unit just dangled their.

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