The Zalman 10X Performa had no problem whatsoever keeping the hot temps of the 130 watt Core i7 920 to manageable levels. The 10X Extreme remains the best air cooler I’ve used with the i7 920, and the Performa was only three degrees higher.
Pros: – Fairly low profile for a 120mm tower, – Low speed adapter has large 1 Watt resistor, – Excellent performance, comparable with the 10X Extreme, – Costs $25 less than the 10X Extreme
Summary: Zalman's CNPS10X Performa is standard in most other respects. It's equipped with a 120mm PWM fan that ranges in speed from 900RPM to 1350RPM with the RC24P PWM-resistor attached, 2000RPM under full power.
Conclusion: Quite often, the CPU is near the top of the price list on a computer. Keeping that CPU running at safe temperatures at stock speeds is often done by using an OEM heatsink and fan combination.
Summary: Zalman's CNPS10X Extreme fulfills both roles pretty well care of a cleverly integrated PWM fan speed controller in the top part of the fan shroud. Do nothing and the CNPS10X Extreme's 120mm fan will fall under BIOS control, automatically scaling fan speed from 1000RPM to 2150RPM as needed.
Excerpt: The Zalman CNPS10X Extreme cpu cooler is the best built processor cooler I have had on my test bench to date. With top notch materials, build quality, feature set coupled with excellent performance, this great looking cooler should be on any buyer's short list.
Conclusion: Zalman has done it again, this cooler performs excellent like the previous high end coolers from Zalman. It has a fan controller which makes it very easy to turn on more speed on the fan if you are going to play or if the computer gets unstable.
Conclusion: With the CNPS10X range Zalman made a large leap from the flower-design to the more conventional tower design, and it seems to have paid out. The performance sure is up to the competition and the outlooks are plain beautiful.
Pros: Fan controller, Performance, Looks
Cons: Installation could be easier, Replacing the fan is difficult
Summary: Zalman has always been known for having some very unique looking coolers, and when I saw the press release for the CNPS10X Extreme cooler I was a little puzzled at their decision to join all the other aftermarket cooling companies who have gone to the heatpipe tower cooler design, however when the...
Pros: Great Performance, High Quality Construction, Auto and Manual Fan Control, Intel i7 and i5 Compatible
Summary: Two things Zalman is best known for, and what their products seldom fail to excel at, are quality and noise prevention. The CNPS10X Quiet and Extreme CPU coolers are no exception to this. Just handling these units you can tell they are well made.