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Zalman CNPS10X Performa CPU Cooler

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Mar 25, 2010 2:32 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Zalman

Test System & Test Results

 

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While it isn't winning any top place marks in this section, it did fall in third overall; not too shabby for a cooler that "looks" like so many others.

 

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This is where the men are separated from the boys, and as I stated, Zalman brings us the Performa with an Alpha male mentality. What more needs to be said, so far it is the top cooler on our list.

 

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At idle the ZP1225ALM fan is right in there with some of the more silent fans we have tested so far. Not the best, but nowhere near making your ears bleed.

 

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Here is the only downfall of the Performa as I see it. During load the fan I received went all the way up to a mind numbing hum of 74dB. Now, once in a case this noise will seem less evident. I've always said there is give and take with any cooler, the Performa just gets a bit louder than most, but hey, it gets the job done, doesn't it?

 

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