ZALMAN Introduces CNPS13X DS Black Tower-Type Air CPU Cooler

ZALMAN has unveiled the CNPS13X DS Black tower-type air CPU cooler, which is a modified version of the CNPS13X Black released in November 2023. The cooler features two significant updates. Firstly, it includes a glossy top plate with an ARGB-illuminated logo, diffusers on the sides, and a 2-digit 7-segment LED display that shows real-time CPU temperature in degrees Celsius. It's important to note that the cooler does not have its own temperature measurements but instead displays the CPU temperature as measured by the motherboard's Super I/O chip, as shown in the BIOS setup program or reported to software. To enable this feature, the cooler requires a 4-pin PWM connection for the fan, a 3-pin ARGB connection for the lighting, and a 5-pin USB 2.0 connection to an available USB 2.0/1.1 header on the motherboard. Additionally, users must install a Win32 software that relays temperatures from the motherboard to the cooler.

The second major change is the fan. The original CNPS13X Black came with a non-illuminated fan featuring a matte-black impeller. However, the new CNPS13X DS Black includes an illuminated fan with a white impeller and addressable RGB LEDs embedded in the fan hub. The fan's specifications remain the same as the original version, and there are no other design alterations. The cooler also comes with a 1 g sachet of ZM-STC8 thermal paste. Its dimensions are 135 mm x 79 mm x 159 mm (WxDxH), and it weighs slightly over 800 g. The pricing details have not been disclosed by the company.