Zalman CNPS12X vs Be Quiet Dark Rock Pro 2: Cool and quiet

Face-off between two high-end CPU coolers

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Introduction

In the blue corner: the new Zalman CNPS12X. And in the red corner: the Be Quiet Dark Rock Pro 2. Both claim to combine superior cooling with low noise levels, but who is really the best? We let them face off against each other so we could find out.

The Korean brand Zalman was once known as the premium brand for silent PC components, but nowadays the German brand Be Quiet likes to promote itself as the brand for silent computer products. What's in a name, right. Both manufacturers recently launched new high-end CPU coolers. Zalman released the CNPS12X, their largest cooler so far. Be Quiet introduced the Dark Rock Pro 2, which is the successor to the popular Dark Rock Pro. The Zalman cooler costs around £63, and the Be Quiet cooler has an average price of £69. These are therefore obviously deluxe coolers, but how do they measure up in terms of price vs performance?



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