Zalman CNPS 20LQ Review

Up Close: Packaging and contents

Zalman CNPS 20LQ


Up Close:  Packaging and contents

The Zalman CNPS 20LQ, hereafter known as the 20LQ because there's no way on Gods green earth I'm typing the full name every time, comes packaged in a rather classy looking black box with moody dark images of the unit counterpointed by the shining copper of the contact plate.  The box also gives details of CPU compatibility, fan and unit specifications as well as a short multi language section relating to key features. 

Zalman CNPS 20LQ     Zalman CNPS 20LQ  


In something of a break from the traditional expanded foam and polystyrene used by most manufacturers, Zalman have packaged the 20LQ in what can best be described as a giant recycled cardboard egg carton.  At first I thought this bit cheap but then after thinking about it I realised if this stuff keeps eggs from breaking and it's good for old mother earth then it ticks the right boxes.  It certainly seems to have done the job as the unit was perfectly well protected and presented.  The pump and faceplate come pre plumbed to the radiator, with the 120mm fan unattached

Zalman CNPS 20LQ     Zalman CNPS 20LQ  


Also included in the box are the necessary fittings for the sockets listed on page 1 in addition to some of the clearest instructions I've seen in quite a while.  Nice big diagrams go a long way (not that I use instructions of course, because as we know real men don't read the instructions) 

Zalman CNPS 20LQ     Zalman CNPS 20LQ  


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Most Recent Comments

10-04-2012, 09:25:12

Not too shabby, though the H100 & H50 are a better bang for your buck.

Sweet review gary. thx.Quote

10-04-2012, 11:01:42

Nice review fella, though I can't say I like these "H2O" coolers much. I prefer a good old fashioned chunk of metal!

By the way..

Remember for every increase of 10dBA there's a perceived doubling of the noise output..

Don't you mean for every increase of 3dBA?

Taken from wikipedia..

A change in power ratio by a factor of 10 is a 10 dB change. A change in power ratio by a factor of two is approximately a 3dB change.

Could be mistaken though, but in that case I'll have to report my physics teacher! Quote

11-04-2012, 13:31:31

no bad but corsair solution has set the bar for all in one soultiosnQuote

14-04-2012, 06:00:25

it looks like C*rsair H80, i think

hopefully zalman release liquid cooling Radiators for 140mm Fans Quote

26-07-2012, 15:38:11

Hi (first post but lets just forget the formalities, shall we? :P)

So I got this kit for roughly 40€, it was a pretty good sale I recon. I had a Thermalright True spirit before and while it did it's job, I wasn't really keen on trying to push my 2600K past the 4.5Ghz... not with those temps. I just saw the unit on sale and thought why not, at least I'd get to try something new.

So I figured that I had a couple of GT's unused, forget the bundled fan and throw it in as a push-pull setup. The GT's are AP-13's though (1150 RPM) and... well, would such low-rpm fans be enough? Or am I better off using the stock fan?Quote

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