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Zalman CNPS10X PERFORMA+ CPU Cooler - 1
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Experience: 4 Months

Large but effective cooler.


Great cooling
A bit pricey

Experience: 1 Weeks

good performer Verified OwnerVerified Owner


price size
bought a 6600k, so add to find a cooler for the chip, i settled for the zalman performa, for its review on the net,
it performs well, but $40 is expensive,, it is also quite big, cannot use the first memory slot on the MSI Z170A SLI Plus

Experience: 2 Months

Nice cooler but huge!

Beautiful looking cooler. Works well cooling a W3530 LGA1366 setup and keeps things cool and quiet. Very large heat sink and fan though, but it fit fine in a Power Mac G5 case.

Experience: 7 Days


Easy installation.
No conflicts.
If you need a big cooling system for your CPU, that is quiet, and efficient, then this one is for you. It is easy to install, and handles both Intel and AMD CPU's, I recommend this for folks who have gaming systems, with Quad or more cores.

Experience: 4 Weeks


Good price on sale
Temps. not bad
Little work to install
The temps are good and its quiet with the resistor and normal use. Extreme room temps. the fan is a little noisier.

Experience: 3 Days


Well packaged
Improper hardware in the package
Bought two of these to use with two AMD FX6300 chips. Both units had improper clips for AMD installation.
The installation videos on the site and Youtube (and even in the instruction pamphlet!)clearly show clips that have a bend to make the clips a few mm closer to the board. My clips are completely straight, and therefore hold the screws a few mm away from where they would need to be to screw into the backplate.
I am incredibly disappointed, I began my build Friday afternoon, so getting any help or replacement clips would have to wait until Monday. Will now buy a different cooler locally instead, definitely not a Zalman. Recommending all my friends (and you!) stay well away from the Zalman brand.

Experience: 5 Days


-good looking

-really big
-fans are hard to clip on
-pretty hard to install following the guide
-its a little better than a stock intel cooler
If its on sale for 5$ like me , it totally worth the price but dont pay 20$+ for this.

Experience: 60 Days


great performance for a good price
none if on sale
great cooling performance from a low priced cooler

an hua_l
Experience: 2 Days


-Stock PWM fan
-installtion(Really depends, will go into detail on summary)
-include two sets of fan clips for push/pull config
-takes up first slow ram, although can move the fan clip up to make some headroom for head spreader but still can't accommodate corsair vengeance
I don't usually write reviews but after switching from aio water unit due to somewhat loud pump decided to go back to air cooler, Tried the CNPS 12x, that one is quiet but has some mechanic low buzzing noise( very minimal but compare to other quieter fans in my system it is notable) and the fans are not swappable, temps are okay at least 2700k at 4.4 with 1.24 voltage temps for the four core was 68/74/72/69, and the mounting is not 100% stable can still rotate the cooler, but after seeing this cooler with all the good stuff on spec, tried out, stock fan is VERY silent with pwm, with 95 prime and max fan y 2000 rpm, temp with same oc is 56/64/62/57, WAY better than the cnps 12x and cheaper and lighter, will be getting two cougar vortex pwm for extra silent for push pull, highly recommended over other coolers such as hyper 212 evo or other coolers.

Experience: 1 Days


Runs very cool
Acceptable noise levels without resistor using pwm 'Standard Settings'
Light and efficient (no worries about boards bending, and instantly drops my cpu temps by 12c as soon as the load is done!)
Loud using pwm 'Turbo/full speed' settings for only another couple degrees
Very nice heatsink I must say, zalman did a great job! Not too sure if I am a fan of their thermal grease though (seems really thick and not as easy to spread as AS5), and will likely replace it with AS5.. but so far the temps are decent. Running an i5-2500k t 4.6ghz 1.385v with prime 95 loads of 58-59C instantly dropping to 36-37c after prime is stopped! Idles around 32-35c :).

*Ambient temp is about 68F

Product Videos [ Edit ]

Features [ Edit | History ]

  Socket CPU CPU Compatibility
Intel 1156 Core i7 Supports all speeds
Core i5
Core i3
1366 Core i7 Supports all speeds
775 Core 2 Quad Supports all speeds
Core 2 Duo
Core 2 Extreme
Pentium Dual Core
Pentium D
Pentium 4
Celeron D
AMD AM3 Phenom II Supports all speeds
Athlon II
AM2+ Phenom II Supports all speeds
Athlon FX
Athlon X2
AM2 Athlon FX Supports all speeds
Athlon X2

Specifications [ Edit | History ]

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
Color Gray
Capacity 1g
Temperature Stability -40°C ~ +150°C (-40? ~ +302?)
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.

? ‘Switching Noise’ is the high frequency harmonic noise that can result from voltage regulation.
  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 
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.

? Quiet Mode (RC24P Connected): 900~1,350RPM / 17~24dBA ±10%
? Performance Mode (RC24P Not Connected): 900~2,000RPM / 17~36dBA ±10%
Common Components
- CNPS10X Performa
- 120mm Fan
- Backplate
- Resistor[RC24P]
- Side Caps
- Bolts
- Nuts
- Fan Fixing Clips
- Vibration Pads
- Loading Block
- Thermal Grease(ZM-STG2)
- Double-Sided Tape
- User’s Manual
Components for Intel Socket 1156/1366/775
- Intel Clip
Component for AMD Socket AM3/AM2+/AM2
- AMD Clip

Zalman affixes a Computer Noise Prevention System (CNPS) mark to all components used for noiseless computers.
This cooler must be used with a 120mm fan.
Do not ingest the Thermal Grease, and avoid its contact with skin and eyes. If contact is made with skin, wash off with water. If ingested or irritation persists, seek medical attention.
To prevent possible injuries, gloves must be worn while handling this product.
Excessive force exerted on the fan may cause damage to the fan and/or system.
Use and keep product away from reach of children and pets.
Check the components list and condition of the product before installation. If any problem is found, contact the retailer to obtain a replacement.
Zalman is not responsible for any damages caused by overclocking.
During transportation of the system, the cooler must be removed.
Zalman is not responsible for any damages that occur during the transport of a system.
Product design and specifi cations may be revised to improve quality and performance.

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Comment: This cooler performs practically as well as the top notch cooler in this family, with a bonus: it costs less. So, the Zalman CNPS10X Performa has great performance and a great cost/performance ratio, deserving the Hardware Secrets Golden Award.
Posted by: Lord Babaghan @08/11/10
Comment: Value for money wise, this is one of the better products money can get. It's a fine balance of very adequate performance versus a really acceptable noise level. The mounting system has many parts and it will take some time to get installed.
Posted by: BernardP @07/17/10
Comment: X-Bit Labs compares the Zalman CNPS10X Performa to the Zaward Vapor120: They conclude that the CNPS10X Performa is an excellent value.
Posted by: BernardP @05/26/10
Comment: The Performa is the best of both worlds in the form of a cheap cooler that performs from an established manufacturer. The Performa is the best value amongts the CNPS10X models.
Posted by: BernardP @05/25/10
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