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Zalman CNPS10X Performa Heatpipe CPU Cooler
Author: Chris McInnis
Manufacturer: Zalman
Source: Zalman
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March 23, 2010

It has been just over a year since we've had the opportunity to review a Zalman cooler at Bigbruin.com, so you can imagine our excitement when Zalman shipped us one of their latest products; the CNPS10X Performa heatpipe cooler. Like all of its brethren in the CNPS10X series, the Performa sports a copper base, multiple heatpipes, a ton of aluminum fins, and a very quiet 120mm fan. The promotional image below should give you a general idea of what we'll be looking at.

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Before taking a closer look at this new cooler and how it can perform, let's take a look at some published data on it taken from the official product page on the Zalman website.

Features:

» Powerful Cooling Performance: Optimally designed aluminum fins disperse heat away from the CPU via 5 heatpipes, while switching noise free, high capacity 120mm fan quickly cools the heatsink for stable operation of high performance CPUs.

» Dual Fan Support: The heatsink is designed to mount one or two fans according to the users preferences.

» Differentiated Design: Differentiated from typical U-shaped heatpipe coolers, a central band of rippled aluminum fins adds a sleek and cool aesthetic finish.

» Versatile Compatibility: The CNPS10X Performa accommodates a broad range of sockets...
   » Intel: LGA1156 / 1366 / 775
   » AMD: AM3 / AM2+ / AM2 / 754 / 939 / 940

» 180mm Wide Case Compatibility: For optimum case compatibility the heatsink's height is set to 152mm which ensures compatibility with case width of 180mm or greater.

» High Performance Super Thermal Grease ZM-STG2M: The high performance super thermal grease ZM-STG2 maximizes heat transfer from the CPU to the base of CNPS10X Performa for intensified cooling performance.

» PWM Fan Speed Resistor: When connected to the resistor cable (RC24P), the input voltage of the PWM Fan can be adjusted to control the fan speed and noise level according to user preference.

Specifications:

» Dimensions: 132(L) x 100(W) x 152(H)mm
» Weight: 748g
» Materials Fins: Aluminum / Base: Copper
» Dissipation Area: 7,900㎠
» Heatpipes: 5 U-shaped heatpipes
» Fan: 4-Pin 120mm PWM Fan
» Fan RPM:
   » 900~1,350 ±10% (RC24P Connected)
   » 900~2,000 ±10% (RC24P Not Connected)
» Noise:
   » 17~24dBA ±10% (RC24P Connected)
   » 17~36dBA ±10% (RC24P Not Connected)
» Fan Bearing: Long life bearing

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