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We keep getting an endless flow of new cooling systems for central processors. Manufacturers announce and put into production new solutions on a regular basis. And since there are in fact no significant improvements in cooling efficiency or acoustic performance, then we dare assume that it is the purely marketing aspect that matters most at this point, because it allows the manufacturers to sell almost the same cooler models provided with new names and new packaging. Nevertheless, we sometimes come across really unique and technologically interesting coolers. And our upcoming articles are going to tell you all about them. In the meanwhile, we would like to introduce to you a couple of new coolers from Zalman and Zaward.

Zalman CNPS10X Performa

Almost a year has already passed since the first model from the new CNPS10X family from Zalman hit the streets: Zalman CNPS10X Extreme. Since then we saw quite a few additions to this family already, namely Quiet and Flex modifications. Now time has come to check out the fourth member of the lineup – the Performa model and see how it differs from the other CNPA10X coolers.

The front of the cooler box bears the cooler photo in a cloud of some blue smoke (which looks pretty pungent, judging by its color). On the back of the box you can find photographs of the cooler’s key features with a brief description:


Also they listed the cooler specifications together with the enclosed accessories. The latter remained almost the same compared with the accessories bundle that comes with the Flex model:

The only difference is an included short cable with a variable resistor and a small pack of Zalman ZM-STG2 thermal paste instead of a syringe.

Zalman CNPS10X Performa is very similar to the Flex version of this heatsink:



The heatsink plates are of a bit different shape, but of the same thickness of 0.5 mm. there are fewer plates in Performa model: 47 instead of 53 in Flex. They measure 130 x 71 mm each. Therefore the effective heatsink size has become smaller: 7,900 cm2 instead of 8,200 cm2. The heatsink plates are spaced out at a larger distance from one another that equals 1.9 mm instead of 1.7 mm in the Flex model:



As a result, the cooler has become 1 mm taller making 152 mm total height. Zalman CNPS10X Performa weighs 748 g.

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