Zalman’s known more for their big round copper clad coolers. But at CES 2011, we saw a new design that wasn’t just a big circular mass. The new CNPS11X is a rectangular configuration with extremely dense aluminum fins that create a high amount of surface area that dissipates heat, yet allows the cooler to stay relatively small. The copper heatpipes are plated nickel silver and overall, the unit seems to be a reasonable size weighing 600 grams and measuring 132 (L) x 80 (W) x 154 (H) mm.

Cooling is provided by a single 120mm fan that runs at 1000 – 1950 RPM, or from 1000 – 1450 RPM when using the included RC24P resistor.The cooler is fully PWM controlled and is fairly quiet with a noise range of 17 – 33 dBA when not using the RC24P resistor. When used, it’ll top out at 24 dBA. And of course, it glows blue. Qmax for this cooler is 350W so it should provide some decent overclocking headroom. It’ll support INTEL socket 1155, 1156, 1366 and 775 and on the AMD side, it’ll do AM3, AM2+ and AM2.

No pricing was announced at this time but we hope to have an answer about that soon.For right now, we know that it’ll be out by the end of March 2011. For more information on Zalman products you can check out their website.

UPDATE: The CNPS11X Extreme will hit store shelves at the end of this month and will retail for $89.99 US. High res pictures to drool over while you wait below.





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