Wednesday, May 20th 2009

Zalman Shows off Core i5-ready CNPS10X Extreme CPU Cooler

Zalman, the pioneer in ultra-quiet computer cooling, is gearing up to release the multi-fit Zalman CNPS10X Extreme processor cooler. Oddly enough, the CNPS10X shares no similarity with any of the previous Zalman products. It measures 135 x 100 x 160 mm, weights 920 grams and features a copper base and five 6 mm heatpipes. The heatsink of CNPS10X is nickle-plated and chilled from a dual ball-bearing 120 mm PWM controlled blue LED fan working at speeds between 1000 and 2500 rpm (noise level between 20 dBa and 39 dBA). The CNPS10X Extreme supports AMD's Sockets 754, 939, 940, AM2, AM2+, AM3 and Intel's LGA 775, 1366, and 1156. Bundled with the cooler is a tube of ZM-STG2 thermal grease and Zalman's PWM Mate - a nifty controller for the fan's rotation speed.
Sources: Tech Connect Magazine, Forum De Luxx
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29 Comments on Zalman Shows off Core i5-ready CNPS10X Extreme CPU Cooler

#1
Kitkat
lol @ the controller your father never said "D@mmit wheres the cpu fan remote!?!?" It looks prety sleak tho i see SHIMMMMMSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS.
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#2
Duncan1
Great looking cooler, I wonder about its performance...
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#3
EiSFX
Holy Crap they actully made a different design wow its been so long i diden't even know they could make a different style of cooler anyways its looks pretty good
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#4
King Wookie
This is different!

May it herald a return to form for Zalman.
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#6
Mussels
Moderprator
they got bored with their other designs, and took a page from xiggys book.

that said, the fan controller looks nice. i always liked the fan mates that came with the 7000 coolers.
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#7
BumbleBee
the little knob at the top of the base on the back of the heatsink is that a manual fan speed controller?
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#8
alexp999
Staff
Added another pic, although its small, its adds a bit more info, it seems that, the controller actually clips into the top of the HSF, hence why you think you can see another one. :)
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#9
King Wookie
alexp999
Added another pic, although its small, its adds a bit more info, it seems that, the controller actually clips into the top of the HSF, hence why you think you can see another one. :)
Very clever.:rockout:
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#10
Mussels
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alexp999
Added another pic, although its small, its adds a bit more info, it seems that, the controller actually clips into the top of the HSF, hence why you think you can see another one. :)
oooooh. thats a VERY smart move. looks very nice indeed.
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#12
Mussels
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h3llb3nd4
IMO it looks Meh!
you gotta admit thats a damn nice way to get a fan controller in there, integrating it with the heatsink.

Edit: you can also just make out the writing "High performance super thermal grease" oh lol, what a name.
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#13
mlee49
whats the point of a controller on the HS? Can you run it like a wire to extend out of the case? Or at least in an empty PCI slot? I guess I'm not seeing why a push button fan controller on the heatsink would be beneficial since its inside the case. :confused:
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#14
Mussels
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mlee49
whats the point of a controller on the HS? Can you run it like a wire to extend out of the case? Or at least in an empty PCI slot? I guess I'm not seeing why a push button fan controller on the heatsink would be beneficial since its inside the case. :confused:
from the blurry small writing, it seems that it toggles it between a high speed and low speed mode.
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#15
mlee49
Yeah but it's on the HS, what good is that?
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#16
h3llb3nd4
Mussels
you gotta admit thats a damn nice way to get a fan controller in there, integrating it with the heatsink.

Edit: you can also just make out the writing "High performance super thermal grease" oh lol, what a name.
Yeah Nice idea...LessCables and stuff:ohwell:
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#17
DaveK
I like the cooler, looks pretty cool. I don't like Core i5 though :p
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#18
Shadin
Hopefully they can break the trend in cooling products where the more gimmicky your product looks, the more it sucks at cooling. I'd rather they skipped the fan controller gimmick and just make it cheaper. Because if they wasted time developing something like that, then it had better have amazing cooling performance, as well as have a pristine mounting mechanism. Otherwise they wasted their time on the whole thing.
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#19
Kitkat
DaveK
I like the cooler, looks pretty cool. I don't like Core i5 though :p
lol yeah when i read the headline im thinking who makes a cooler for ONE proc now? then i saw the list :roll:
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#21
Kursah
mlee49
Yeah but it's on the HS, what good is that?
Good question, it'd work very well in my application where I can rip the side off my CM HAF932 in seconds and since my PC is on a stand and my CPU cooler is about eye level, say I want to change the fan speed to Hi mode or whatnot for overclocking, 2 screws and a button push does the trick. I am using an old Zalman FanMate 2 from my 7700Alcu cooler to control the fan speed of the Scythe fan on my Xig atm, it's screwed to the MB tray, it's fairly easy to access but nowhere near as easy as the implementation in Zalman's new cooler. Hard saying if that little fan controller would be as useful away from Zalman products like the Fan Mate 2 is tho. But I can definately see some people really appreciating having that there, one less thing to mount, less wires to route, overall a clean look and a nice implementation, I like this new cooler and hope it's performance is really good, I may have to grab one again to enjoy Zalman quality, it's been a long time. :D
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#22
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Very bad ass design and I love the remote. WTG Zalman.
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#23
r31ncarnat3d
Whoo! I'm excited; I personally love Zalman, but their wind tunnel designs just haven't been doing great compared to the other coolers out there. Hopefully this takes them back to the top!

And the remote looks awesome. Almost as if it were some kind of taser...
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#24
trt740
Mussels
they got bored with their other designs, and took a page from xiggys book.

that said, the fan controller looks nice. i always liked the fan mates that came with the 7000 coolers.
Na that design as all the other tower designs are following Thermalright, staggered heatpipes etc. Thermalright was the original innovator of this type of cooler. The only new innovation is direct touch , which doesn't make that big of a difference and that came from XIGGY and isn't even used on this cooler.
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#25
Mussels
Moderprator
HDT from xiggy does make a difference, its how they manage to match a true with a cooler that has less fins, less copper, and overall cheaper design.
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