The Zalman CNPS10X cooler family is really a great team. As with the CNPS10X Extreme and the CNPS10X Flex that we have already reviewed, the CNPS10X Performa is an excellent cooler, justifying its name. It performed practically as well as the CNPS10X Extreme.
The only thing we can complain about it is that it is not a quiet cooler when our CPU is under full load. Well, this is because this cooler is not designed for silence, but for performance. Besides that, you can use the adapter that comes with it to reduce the fan speed, or you can connect it to a fan controller.
This cooler performs practically as well as the top notch cooler in this family, with a bonus: it costs less. So, the Zalman CNPS10X Performan has great performance and a great cost/performance ratio, deserving the Hardware Secrets Golden Award.