Summary: The Zalman CNPS11X Performa is an exposed heatpipe base tower cooler that supports Intel socket LGA2011/1366/1155/1156/775 and AMD socket FM1/AM2/AM3 processors. The CNPS11X Performa stands 154mm tall so it should fit in most mid-tower cases and weighs 450 grams.
Conclusion: You can pick this cpu cooler up for around 50$ which is a decent price since the Noctua costs quite a bit more. The 7X on the other hand performs excellent and since you can pick it up for 30$ it might be worth a look. Overall though it performed well and it’s very quiet also. I heard no noise or vibrations from the fan and the only flaw I found was that the installation procedure it a bit clumsy, I might actually go as far as to saying that this was one of the hardest...
Summary: The performance of the Zalman CNPS11X Performa is excellent for a cooler of this weight and size; it is also quiet and beautiful.
In our system, it performed better than the
, which may sound a little strange because the Extreme is probably priced higher, but perhaps the direct touch heatpipes improved the whole design, even with one fewer heatpipe. This may also be the case because the Performa doesn’t have the installation issues that we found with the Extreme.