Today we have a quick look at a top-down cooler from Zalman, a 4 heatpipe design with an integrated fan known as the CNPS8000A. While I will hold to our HSF testing methodology as best I can, I will only be testing with the integrated fan, and with the CPU at 2.8GHz. This cooler is not designed for serious overclocking, and fell flat on it’s face when presented with our overclocked settings. Not that I expected anything different from this cooler, it’s just not designed with a heavily overclocked Bloomfield in mind. With the introduction out of the way, let’s get right to it.
The CNPS8000A arrived after taking a few bumps in shipping.
After opening the package and extracting all of the goodies, a task made quite easy by simple packaging (thanks Zalman!), I was greeted by the cooler itself, a handful of mounting hardware, a 1-time-use pack of TIM, an installation manual, and a fan speed controller.