In midsummer of 2009, our friends at Zalman released the CNPS 10X Extreme, a 5-heatpipe 120mm tower cooler with a built-in PWM fan controller. Though it wasn’t terribly different in the realm of tower coolers, it was a radical departure for Zalman, who hadn’t previously had a conventional-styled tower cooler in their lineup. I found the 10X Extreme to be an excellent cooler, easily keeping the extreme heat of the 130 watt LGA 1366 i7 to manageable levels. Zalman has based some other coolers off of the 10X Extreme. Today I will be looking at the Zalman CNPS 10X Performa, a more budget-minded version of the earlier 10X Extreme, which not only ended up being the best air cooler I cooled the LGA 1366 i7 with, but also the most expensive. Will the Performa live up to the expectations we have for Zalman coolers? Read on to see!
- CES 2018