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Zalman CNPS10X Performa CPU Cooler

By Chad Sebring from Mar 25, 2010 @ 9:32 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Zalman

Specifications, Availability and Pricing




Zalman brings an amalgam of a copper base and pipes stemming from the base and taking the heat to an array of aluminum fins, as do most coolers. The main difference is the amount of material they use. Zalman packs forty-seven fins around five U-shaped heatpipes and does this in less than 150mm of height, making this a good choice for most cases on the market including some SFF and micro chassis'. Let's just say for the common builder, this cooler offers a solution to your needs. With all that material it does make the CNPS10X Performa a weighty contender at just more than a pound and a half of heft. Taking into consideration its compact size and the amount of materials in play, it leaves the Performa with roughly 102 square feet of cooling surface.


To add to the equation of a bunch of surface area, now we need a fan up to the task of cooling all this metal. Zalman supplies a no frills, black plastic, 120mm fan. Now, what this fan lacks in appearance it makes up for in power. While I wasn't able to locate an actual CFM number, let me just say this fan puts out quite the flow. Speeds of the fan are from 900 RPM on the low end to 2000 RPM on the high end. If the noise at 2000 RPM is a burden and keeping temperatures as cool as possible isn't in your plan of things to do, there is an included resistor to connect inline to reduce the RPM capability of said fan. Also, something that is widely overlooked by quite a few of the cooler manufacturers, the CNPS10X Performa mounts to any mainstream socket and even a couple of older ones right out of the box.


Through an email or two I was told that the marketed prices were going to be right around $45 USD, and doing a bit of shopping through Google, proves this mark to be right on point. I see the Performa can be found for around $40 before shipping is added from some of the e-tailers, while others are charging a few more dollars and getting closer to the $50 mark.


I already blew the surprise in the title, so I can say that while I would search for the $40 version, even at $50 it's worth every penny they get.


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