Date: May 5th, 2010
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Zalman
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PRODUCT WALKTHROUGH & PICTORIAL
So let's briefly walk through this product.
Starting from the bottom and moving up, the pure copper base is attached to five 5mm heatpipes which are staggered to allow for better heat distribution and removal. The actual cooling solution is smooth, but not near as polished as the other coolers that Zalman manufactures. With a little lapping this cooler would be polished to a mirror shine with a little elbow grease. Seeing this cooler is priced so well, I can't really line Zalman up in my sights and start blasting away seeing it is priced so well and the surface is still very smooth.
The heatsink has a tremendous amount of surface area which measures in at 7900 square centimeters or 1225 square inches. That is about 500 less square centimeters than the Extreme version but still should provide ample ability to get rid of the collected heat quickly. At a total measured weight of 748g or a little over a pound and a half and weighs only 2 grams less than the Zalman's Quiet CNPS10X.
This cooler is Zalman's first model that comes with its own fan and also supports the addition of another fan if you think one is not enough for your application. Before you do so, please check out the testing to see if this cooler actually needs it. It might be money that doesn't have to be spent.
Speaking of the fan, the 120mm fan is 4pin PWN speed controlled and at its lowest speed it spins at 900rpm and is undetectable and at full speed it is 1350rpm and only 24dBa. The cooler is practically silent and approximately pushes 30-40cfm. This is quieter than the CNPS10X Quiet's rating of 26dBa. Why isn't the Performa the quiet version?