Date: March 12th, 2010
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Zalman
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ZALMAN CNPS10X FLEX INTRODUCTION
The Zalman CNPS10X Flex follows a slightly different path than other CNPS10X models. when compared to other CNPS10X models, the fans are not included and the heatsink is now able to take full advantage of two fans. Now before you strike up in a chorus of boos and hissing about the lack of included fans, you have to realize that this is something the cooling community has been asking for.
You see, when it comes to the computer enthusiast and overclocker, a lot of them lately are customizing their cooling solution to match their performance and sound level requirements. Most consider the fans that some with a cooler from any manufacturer to not be up to their standard and thus, would like to swap them out and have a choice. So why pay extra for fans you won't use? You should be now getting the point of this product.
The Zalman CNPS10X Flex
being reviewed today gives the enthusiast the ability to make their choice and have two fans and still take advantage of Zalman's well built processor coolers. But does it perform?
Read on to find out.
SMALL HEATPIPE TECHNOLOGY TUTORIAL
Let's keep this as simple as possible to get the basic premise across to all of the Tweaknews readers. Please don't be insulted if this is too basic for your education level, we're just offering the basics to the least technical reader looking for information.
The basic idea behind heatpipe technology is really simple.
1.) With a tube containing a compressed fluid/gas, the fluid comes in contact with the heat source (the cpu core, in this case) which heats up the volatile fluid and turn it to a gas. The energy is absorbed in the gas production process and is ready for transportation.
2.) The heated gas now travels along the inner portion of the tube where it comes to the cooling portion of the heatsink in this example.
3.) The radiator, with or without a fan, will cool the liquid and transfer the energy (AKA heat) to the radiator to be dispersed to the surrounding air. With the heat removed, the vapor quickly condenses back to a fluid and runs along the inside surface of the pipe back down to the bottom where the process can be started all over again.
For another example, you can consider a boiling pot of water with a glass lid as a very very basic heatpipe. When the water boils, the water vapor comes in contact with the cooler glass pot lid which forces the vapor to condense back to water where it dribbles back down the inside of the lid back into the pot.
It's basic, but it gets the point across.
ZALMAN CORPORATE INFORMATION
Despite the fact that computers have become commonplace at home and at workplaces for a long time, true user-friendliness of the computers is still a long shot. At Zalman Tech, we strive to make that goal a closer reality through extensive research and development of our products. We were the world first in reducing computer's noise down to lower than 20dB, thus creating a more user-friendly computing environment. Now it is possible to use a computer without distracting noise and to form high fidelity audio system or home theatre without ambient noise.
Zalman Tech will continue to make efforts at creating more enhanced levels of user friendliness in computing; we believe that we have the ability and determination to achieve this goal. Your support and interest is greatly appreciated.