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Zalman CNPS5500-Cu Review

By: Asher Moses | 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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