While Zalman nowadays produces cases, power supplies and other peripheral besides coolers, it's still the flower-design coolers that made the brand known. They were the amongst the first manufacturers to provide powerful yet quiet coolers to the markets, and for the most part have stuck to the same basic design. Recently though, Zalman brought their new line of CPU coolers to the markets, and of course these also caught our attention.
The CNPS10X cooler comes in two variations, Quiet and Extreme. From these two we're now going to take a look at the Extreme model. Lets have a closer look and see how well the newcomer can keep its ground against some other high performance coolers.
The box of the 10X doesn't follow the familiar blue-ish style from the old box art, black is always a safe choice. All the important specs are printed on the sides and there's also a large window on the front, showing the 120 mm blue led fan.Specifications:
- Dimensions: 135(W) X 100(L) X 160(H) mm
- Weight: 920g
- Materials: Fins: Aluminum / Base: Copper
- Dissipation Area: 8,544cm2
- Heatpipes: 5 x U-shaped heatpipes
- Fan: PWM 120mm Blue LED Fan
- Fan RPM: 1,000 - 2,150rpm ± 10 %
- Noise: 20.0 - 39.0dBA
- Fan Bearing: 2 Ball-Bearings
- PWM Fan Control: PWM Fan Auto/Manual Control
- PWM Mate: PWM Duty Cycle(Fan Speed Control Range): 25 - 100% ± 5% | Connector Type: 4-Pin only
The specifications clearly state how huge the 10X Extreme really is. The other noteworthy thing here is the rather high RPM of the fan. It ranges from 1000 to 2150 RPM so the fan isn't too likely candidate for the quietest cooler out there. It's worth pointing out, though, that there's also a CNPS10X Quiet version for those more interested in quiet operation than in maximum performance.
Like you'd expect from a high-end cooler, the 10X Extreme supports all the CPU sockets that matter and the amount of mounting hardware is rather impressive. Beside the mounting hardware and the usual installation guide, there's also a weird looking extension cord and a large tube of thermal paste. Bundling such amount of paste in a handy syringe instead of just having one of those plastic bags really adds some value to the bundle.
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