11X Extreme offers quite a unique design, its shape follows a ‘V’ type arrangement and overall dimensions mean that memory clearance should be very good. The 120mm cooling fan comes already attached with plastic fascias and can be removed after a series of screws have been unscrewed.
Taking the covers away reveals a dual-tower design using five copper heatpipes. Zalman have chosen to use a ‘V’ design for the 11X Extreme to minimise air resistance and optimise airflow.
11X Extreme in all its glory
Plastic fascia covering top with model carving
Naked and destitute of covers
The heatsink itself is nickel plated to help provide corrosion resistance. Zalman have given this finish a darkened appearance to simply assist with aesthetics. The fin stack is very condensed and has no sharp edges.
Nickel plated fin stack
Observing the underside of the cooler, the baseplate is again of copper construction and has been given a polished/mirror finish. Fixed to the baseplate is another plate which is during the installation process in the next section.
Highly reflective baseplate