It is rare that I am impressed by a CPU cooler. With the 10X series CPU coolers Zalman however achieved exactly that. There's really very little negative to report on the 10X series other than a minor inconvenience during installation. Once you have one of these puppies up and running properly you'll have a smile on your face.
CNPS 10X Quiet Zalman's CNPS 10X Quiet product won't be the cheapest on the block but with the 10X Quiet there's one thing a certain fact, keep that fan controller at low RPM and you'll have really good cooling performance, at little to no noise whatsoever. The overall design is sturdy and the fan itself is not rather bulky -- in fact it looks pretty good as well. For roughly 50 EUR you'll be able to purchase it and we think that's money well invested. If you are not a complete cooling and overclocking freak we'd very much like to recommend this product.
CNPS 10X Extreme For the somewhat more enthusiast PC aficionado if you throw in another tenner you can purchase the CNPS 10X Extreme at roughly 60 EUR. There's no doubt that this is to be considered a somewhat 'spicy' price tag for a CPU cooler, but the fact is that this is a seriously good cooler. The overall performance is grand and the embedded fan controller is just downright handy as you can adjust fan speed on the fly. At the lowest setting you'll have a noiseless performing cooler with cooling performance rated very high, at the same levels as the 10X Quiet really. From there on upwards depending on how much noise you are willing to allow, the performance can go upwards. We overclocked our processor by 800 MHz and injected 1.3 Volts into the CPU core to make sure it's nice and hot. With this cooler in it's extreme settings (which granted is too noisy for my taste) the temperature remained steady at 45 Degrees C with four Prime96 threads completely trashing the processor for several runs. Now for air based cooling that's just a remarkable achievement.
With the 10X series coolers Zalman brings a very decent performing cooler series to the market that aesthetically wise look very nice, performance wise are top notch and thanks to the fan controllers offer flexibility. Surely they will be more expensive then your average heatpipe based coolers, but then again .. these coolers are not average.
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Zalman CNPS 12X review The one that everybody remembers and still is going strong where the initial CNPS (Computer Noise Prevention System) CPU cooler, the copper somewhat rounded "butterfly" based coolers. That model has been the biggest success of all their coolers. Anno 2011 Zalman is still going strong on the concept and just when you think they can't change anything on that design they proof that a top notch new cooler based off that old design can still work out well and look gorgeous. The Zalman CNPS 12X comes with Zalmans heat transfer solution by utilizing composite heatpipe technology allowing a Q-Max of roughly 300W, along with a bigger design Zalman claims this cooler to be offering quiet operation and broad compatibility for Intel 2011/1156/1155/1366/775 & AMD AM3+/AM3/AM2+/AM2.
Zalman CNPS 10X Quiet and Extreme review Zalman recently released a new series of CNPS (Computer Noise Prevention System ) heatpipe based coolers. The new 10X coolers include five nice big heatpipes being cooled by a grotesque120mm fan. The PWM Fan comes with RPM Control which allows you to fine tune the cooler to your specific cooling requirements. And all that in a nice design and not too huge (in dimension) sized cooler. We will put two out of the three to the test namely the CNPS10X Extreme and CNPS10X Quiet. Both coolers impressed us a lot.