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Zalman CNPS5500-Cu Review - Zalman CNPS5500 - Page 5

In recent years, we have seen new heatsink manufacturers pop up all over the place. Most boasting a unique, innovative design method, fighting for a place in an already crowded market. Today we are looking at a new heatsink/fan unit from Zalman, called the CNPS5500-Cu. Zalman is a Korean company that was founded in 1999, and since the introduction of their CNPS (Computer Noise Prevention System) range of coolers, they have received much praise for being able to create heatsink/fan units that are high performing, yet virtually silent. Can they continue their trend with the CNPS5500-Cu? Join Asher "Acid" Moses as he attemps to find out!

| CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Mar 10, 2002 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 5.5%      Manufacturer: Zalman

Conclusion

 

Overall, I wasn't too happy with the performance of the Zalman CNPS5500 heatsink/fan unit. It was outperformed by the stock Intel unit at idle temperatures, and only managed to move a few degrees ahead of it under full load. That said, installation was very simple and the "Fan Mate 1" gadget is a nice addition for those of you that need complete silence while working at your PC.

 

The Zalman CNPS5500-Cu has a RRP (Recommended Retail Price) of AU$99, which is definitely far from cheap. Considering the fact that the CNPS5500 barely differs from the stock Intel unit in both performance and noise output, I find it very hard to recommend this product. The bottom line is, the performance of the Zalman CNPS5500-Cu does not justify the AU$99 price tag, and if you already own a stock Intel heatsink/fan unit (should have come with your processor), I recommend that you keep it and save the money.

 

- Pros

 

Virtually Silent

 

Easy Installation

 

Fan Speed Controller

 

- Cons

 

Performance was nothing special

 

Heavy

 

High price

 

Rating - 5.5/10

 

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