Zalman CNPS 20LQ Review
Up Close: The radiator, fan and tubing.
The 20LQfollows the same recipe as other sealed systems on the market, having a copper water block linked to a 120.1 Radiator via two flexible rubber hoses. The hoses themselves are 30cm long which should be plenty to reach from most CPUs to either the rear or convenient roof fan mount. The hoses are flexiblewithout feeling that they're about to kink and reduce flow. The small diameter hoses are secured at both ends by plastic barbs. I gave all the tubes a bit of a test tug before fitting into the case just to check things out as I don't naturally trust a fitting. I can however report that they are well secured. Subsequent fitting and used gave no leaks at all
The body of the radiator, as with the rest of the 20LQ and included fan is finished in simple black. Royal Blue capping's are added to opposing sides of the radiator body, bearing the Zalman name and adding a bit of colour. The fan is a custom 120mm unit which is minus one side of the outer square cowling giving the appearance of a circular fan mounted onto a square frame. The fan is rated at 900-2000 rpm and interestingly although marketed as a CNPS product the noise rating is given as between 17 and 36dBA. Mmmm 36dBA, that doesn't sound good. I guess we'll have to wait and see. It is however PWM so perhaps all is not lost.