Summary: The Zalman CNPS10X cooler family is really a great team. As with the
that we have already reviewed, the CNPS10X Performa is an excellent cooler, justifying its name. It performed practically as well as the CNPS10X Extreme.
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
Excerpt: The Zalman CNPS line (especially the long-lived 9000 series) is known for its distinctive copper-finned air coolers, which are nearly always organized in a circular pattern around the fan. This arrangement worked well for a long time, with the CNPS9700 and 9900 garnering rave reviews in these pages.
Pros: Good looks, variable-speed fan controller.
Cons: Bigger, more expensive, and not quite as effective as its peers. No multi-fan support.