|Best CPU Cooler Performance: Intel Q3-2010|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cooling|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Wednesday, 17 November 2010|
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Zalman CNPS10X-Performa Cooler
Zalman, the company behind years of quiet cooling products, has taken their Zalman CNPS10X-Extreme design, and given it several tweaks to help focus purpose on specific needs. The Zalman CNPS10X-Performa is designed for serious overclocking projects, and in many ways could be a better performer than the CNPS10X-Extreme. Designed to universally fit all Intel LGA775/1156/1366 and AMD AM2/AM2+/AM3 sockets, the Zalman CNPS10X-Performa CPU cooler sells for $40 at NewEgg.
The Zalman CNPS10X-Performa heatsink keeps the five 6mm copper heatpipe rods used for other CNPS10X-series coolers, but improves the finsink design with more aggressive central bands of rippled aluminum fins and allows a second 120mm fan to be mounted on the backside. These ripples reduce laminar airflow, and create a more efficient heatsink.
Included with all Zalman CNPS10X-series coolers is a small 3.5-gram pouch of Super Thermal Grease ZM-STG2M, the very same TIM that topped the results of our 80-way Thermal Interface Material Performance Test mega-article with an 'A' rating.
Features and Specification