Zalman has been a very well known brand for high-performance coolers for a long time. But most of their famous coolers use a round design with the heatsink fins squeezed in the center. CNPS10X Extreme, however, uses a different design: it has a tower shape with heatpipes, and its black looks gives an excellent impression. In other words, this cooler is simply beautiful!
"PWM Mate" fan controller is fantastic, we have never seen something so practical. It allows CNPS10X Extreme to be very quiet when no extreme cooling power is required, and also allows that you choose between sacrificing silence for a better cooling or better cooling over silence.
But what made us to be amazed was its performance. It not only faced Cooler Master V10 – which had the best performance until now – as an equal, but it kept our CPU four degrees Celsius colder! And without a TEC plate to help with the job.
After all, we have no other expression to describe this product: Wow, what a cooler!
If you are looking for a great performer and great-looking CPU cooler with a fair price (not cheap, however), Zalman CNPS10X Extreme is a nice choice.