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 only thing we can complain about it is that it is not a quiet cooler when our CPU is under full load. Well, this is because this cooler is not designed for silence, but for performance.
Excerpt: I would hope at this point the Zalman CNPS10X series of coolers have caught your attention. My first glance at the currently growing series of coolers was with the CNPS10X Extreme . This was a new take on incorporating stylish looks with an integrated and removable fan controller. The controller had pre-set fan speeds or actually allowed for dial control as well.
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. The 10X Performa also tied with the CNPS 9900LED.
Zalman has a winner with the CNPS 10X Performa. As always with Zalman coolers, the Performa does its job in silence. It has a fairly low profile for a 120mm cooler.
Pros: Fairly low profile for a 120mm tower, Low speed adapter has large 1 Watt resistor, Excellent performance, comparable with the 10X Extreme, Costs $25 less than the 10X Extreme
Summary: Zalman's CNPS10X Performa is standard in most other respects. It's equipped with a 120mm PWM fan that ranges in speed from 900RPM to 1350RPM with the RC24P PWM-resistor attached, 2000RPM under full power.
Conclusion: Quite often, the CPU is near the top of the price list on a computer. Keeping that CPU running at safe temperatures at stock speeds is often done by using an OEM heatsink and fan combination. However, most PC enthusiasts will immediately replace that OEM unit with an upgraded device designed to either lower stock speed temperatures or allow for overclocking.
Summary: Zalman's CNPS10X Extreme fulfills both roles pretty well care of a cleverly integrated PWM fan speed controller in the top part of the fan shroud. Do nothing and the CNPS10X Extreme's 120mm fan will fall under BIOS control, automatically scaling fan speed from 1000RPM to 2150RPM as needed.
Excerpt: The Zalman CNPS10X Extreme cpu cooler is the best built processor cooler I have had on my test bench to date. With top notch materials, build quality, feature set coupled with excellent performance, this great looking cooler should be on any buyer's short list. There really isn't more you could add onto a processor cooler without ruining the overall package.
Conclusion: Zalman has done it again, this cooler performs excellent like the previous high end coolers from Zalman. It has a fan controller which makes it very easy to turn on more speed on the fan if you are going to play or if the computer gets unstable. I believe this cooler sells for around 50$ right now which is quite inexpensive compared to others on the market.
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. Zalmans coolers have sometimes been criticized for the proprietary fans, the performance you get out of the box is all you get as the fans have been embedded within the fins.
Pros: Fan controller, Performance, Looks
Cons: Installation could be easier, Replacing the fan is difficult