Zalman CNPS 20LQ Review

Up Close: The Water block

 Zalman CNPS 20LQ


Up Close:  The Water Block

I'm always a bit of a sucker for a nice bit of engineering and especially over engineering.  With no less than 14 bolts holding the pump head together, and an additional 10 bolts securing the faceplate to the pump housing the 20LQ certainly gives the impression of being well engineered and well put together.  Now if only highly reflective polished copper was easier to photograph.

Zalman CNPS 20LQ     Zalman CNPS 20LQ  


The water Block face plate comes with it's own little plastic clip on cover which serves to protect the contact surface as well as preserving the pre applied coating of TIM.  The pump is powered by means of a 3 pin fan plug which can be attached to your mobo or straight out the 12 supply from your PSU via a molex adapter.

Zalman CNPS 20LQ     Zalman CNPS 20LQ  


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Most Recent Comments

10-04-2012, 05:25:12

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

Sweet review gary. thx.Quote

10-04-2012, 07:01:42

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, 09:31:31

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

14-04-2012, 02:00:25

it looks like C*rsair H80, i think

hopefully zalman release liquid cooling Radiators for 140mm Fans Quote

26-07-2012, 11:38:11

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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