Date: May 5th, 2010
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Zalman
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ZALMAN CNPS10X PERFORMA INTRODUCTION
The Zalman CNPS10X Performa represents Zalman's entry level cooler for the enthusiast market. Seeing that they have two more expensive models covered by the CNPS10X Extreme (Review: Here), and the CNPS10X Quiet (Review: Here), they also wanted to release and more affordable model for the computer user that perhaps doesn't have the extra money for the other two models. With that being said, the Zalman CNPS10X Performa is currently listed on the market for almost half the price of the Extreme model, and ~US$20 less than the Quiet version. But when you cut the cost, some other benefits fall to the side. For one, the materials are a lot lighter than the other models and the construction is not as robust. But I do have to note, they are using the same stamped metal that other premier manufacturers make their product out of and still change a pretty penny. When I say the materials are cheaper, I am saying that while comparing the Performa against Zalman's other models and not the industry average.
But even though the cooler is much cheaper, will the performance difference make the cost savings worth the purchase over the higher end models or could this cooler be Zalman's diamond in the rough. 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.