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Zalman CNPS10X Quiet
6.1 out of 10

Zalman CNPS10X Quiet

Quickly transfers heat from heat sources (CPUs, VGA chipset, Read more

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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

Bryan C., Newegg
11 February 2012
  • Summary: Patience when installing it on small board. AMD Phenom II quad core
  • Pros: Lots of thermal dissipation. Can mount fan on either side or two. CPU much cooler and much quieter than stock.
  • Cons: Really big. Cleared almost all of my stuff, but I have a micro-atx with mushkin ram. The 4th sticks heatsink ran into the fan. I knew it might be to big for the board and the ram that I have in my computer.
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Overall 8
8.0

It's BIG and quiet

Ivan S., Newegg
23 September 2011
  • Pros: Bought two of them one for a i7-920 1366 and i5-2500 1155 socket CPUs and it is very quiet and keeps temps low, even during high CPU utilization
  • Cons: Outboard fan controller and ribbon cable is so 1990's!
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Overall 8
8.0

Reviews say it all

Anonymous, Newegg
18 August 2011
  • Summary: It will take you about two to three hours to do the whole job. Take your time as it is important.
  • Pros: I am amazed by this unit’s performance. I have this in my main workstation that is located in a room that lacks circulation. I am amazed that the CPU stays @ 34C when idle. It seems like the room warms up but not the CPU. The cooler I had before allowed the CPU to reach 60C. FYI, I have only had ...
  • Cons: The clips are difficult to put on as stated in other reviews. Really, you will lose your mind if you are impatient. But, don't lose hope. It's doable and I have fat fingers. If it was not for the anoying clips they would get five eggs.
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Overall 8
8.0

Good Cooler

Richard A., Newegg
14 May 2011
  • Summary: I used ZM-STG1 T.I.M..
  • Pros: This CPU cooler works. It is not too heavy, 700g, for my Asus P5KPL-AM EPU. It keeps my Q9650(333x9.0) at 39 degrees C, idle. It runs at 50 degrees C while folding. I use (2) 120mm 78CFM fans at 2000 rpm.
  • Cons: You have to remove motherboard in Antec 1200 case. Measure carefully, It is 151mm tall. It is iritating to install. I had to install in front-to-back position. It is too wide to install in north-to-south position.
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Overall 8
8.0

Nice cooler, impatient installer

Benjamin H., Newegg
26 April 2011
  • Summary: Make sure you have a long thin screwdriver you can use to work for you. I installed a different manufacturers heatpipe, and they sent one with the unit which I ended up using for this installation. Additionally, as everyone said before me, measure twice. It's a big unit, and it needs it's space.
  • Pros: The unit performs beautifully. It's silence (my goal), it looks cool (no pun intended) and it's a decent price.
  • Cons: I consider myself a relatively calm person. But honestly, you're going to want to put the kids to bed before you start to install this thing. I trouble with screw length, screw-driver length, screw-driver thickness and steady hands. Additionally, the sticky pad they give to hold things together j...
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Overall 8
8.0

Keeps my i7 so COLD!

Corrinne T., Newegg
7 March 2011
  • Summary: Really good cooler! I love it. No silly LEDs to mess up the look of my white LEDs and black case style that I have going on!
  • Pros: -Keeps a i7 860 @ 4.0GHZ cold, around 56C on load. -Comes with very good thermal paste! -Fan blows a lot of air and it is quiet!
  • Cons: -Hard to install, had to ask my dad to help. Just remember to not push the pins in when your installing, you have to make sure they thread or else the little nuts in the plastic have fallen out, and you have to take it all apart.
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Overall 8
8.0

Very Cool.

Jeremiah K., Newegg
12 February 2011
  • Summary: Install can be a little tricky - as you have to hold the thing on the board sideways, in the thermal goop, and keep it steady while putting the mount screws through the board. Another person helping would really speed this up.
  • Pros: Very quiet and efficient - just as all the reviews say. You can turn the thing just about any direction you want (in 90 degree increments, it's square like the processor). The speed control is good - works very well.
  • Cons: It has some unexpected vibration that transmits through the mounts to the board and then to the case - makes a very low hum-hum-hum sound. I can turn the speed down to alleviate that, but worry about the cooling efficiency.
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Overall 8
8.0

Fits microATX board, improves cooling on an i7-950 system, fans could be easier to install

Anonymous, Newegg
10 February 2011
  • Summary: Running five simultaneous programs (antivirus/antispyware checkers) on this i7-950 system easily shot the CPU temperatures to over 70 degrees C (from a base of 37 degrees), using the original Intel CPU cooler (60% CPU in use). I didn't dare try the Prime95 test.
  • Pros: Does a decent job of lowering CPU temperature on the i7-950. One of the few heavy duty LGA 1366 coolers that will fit into a microATX system. You need a case that is at least 18cm thick. These are the specs of the final install on my system: Cooler Master Centurion 541 case (microATX) ASUS Rampag...
  • Cons: Fans are difficult to install. It's best to have everything completely planned out and install the completed cooler with the fans attached onto the motherboard before putting the motherboard into the case. Failing that (as happened to me), the minimal space inside the case means that you need to ...
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Overall 8
8.0

Fits Antec 300, Asus M3N-HT

Anonymous, Newegg
26 January 2011
  • Summary: I am pleased with this cooler over all. However, you probably ought to temper your expectations when you read these suspicious reviews claiming 20 degree CPU temperature improvement. However, with high CFM fans you may achieve remarkable results- I can't comment since I have not tested extensively.
  • Pros: 1. Better cooling performance than Zalman 9700, especially at 100% prime95 load 2. Support for 2 fans 3. Easily fit my case (Antec 300)
  • Cons: 1. Idle temps only marginally lower (2 celsius) than Zalman 9700 (altho I ran the 9700 at full speed, which is insanely loud). Tested CNPS10X flex using 2 fans (mid range yate loon (pull) and scythe gentle typhoon (push)). 100% prime95 loads were much lower (8 celsius) than the 9700. 2. Difficult...
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Overall 8
8.0

Grat fanless heatsink!

Jason I., Newegg
28 November 2010
  • Summary: - buy some arctic silver 5. It comes with its own stuff which seemed legit, but don't mess with your processor. - this was becoming- without exaggeration- the hardest install of all time, but it was my own foolish fault for using the wrong tools.
  • Pros: Doesn't get much quieter than a cooling unit with no moving parts! To that end, I am thrilled with this CPU heatsink, because it is nice and quiet, and VERY effective. My AMD phenom II X4 965 Black stays nice and cool- never seen it over 40C since installing this, even at full load for about 30-4...
  • Cons: This thing is absolutely gargantuan- just crazy big. I have an Antec 900, which is 8.10 inches wide, and I have less than an inch of clearance from the top of the unit to the case. My friend asked me why I installed a nuclear reactor in my computer and I couldn't figure out how to answer. Also, i...
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