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ZALMAN CNPS10X OPTIMA 120mm FSB (Fluid Shield Bearing) Shark's Fin Blade CPU Cooler

  • Fan RPM 1,000 - 1,700 rpm +/- 10%
  • Noise Level 17 - 28 dBA +/- 10%
  • Aluminum Fins, Copper Heatpipes and Base
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CNPS10X Optima

CNPS10X Optima Shark's Fin Blade CPU Cooler

Socket 1150 / Socket FM2 / Socket AM2+ / AM2 / Socket AM3+ / AM3 / Socket FM1 / Socket 775 / Socket 1156 / Socket 1366 / Socket 1155 / Socket 1150 / Socket FM2 / Socket AM2+ / AM2 / Socket AM3+ / AM3 / Socket FM1 / Socket 775 / Socket 1156 / Socket 1366 / Socket 1155


CNPS10X Optima

Powerful Cooling Performance
Optimally designed aluminum fins disperse heat away from the CPU via four heatpipes, while a switching-noise-free, high capacity 120mm fan quickly cools the heatsink for stable operation of high performance CPUs.

CNPS10X Optima

Shark's Fin Blade & Dual Fan Support
Optimized for maximum airflow, Shark's Fin Blade Fan greatly reduces the turbulence caused by fan rotation, thus decreasing the noise and vibration while increasing the airflow. The heatsink is designed to mount one or two fans according to the users' preferences.

CNPS10X Optima

Differentiated Design
Direct Touch Heatpipe (DTH) Base Direct Touch Heatpipe (DTH) Base technology transfers the CPU's heat directly to heatpipes, thereby minimizing heat resistance and maximizing cooling performance.

CNPS10X Optima

Compatible with Mid Tower Cases (180MM Width)
For optimum case compatibility the heatsink's height is set to 152mm which ensures compatibility with case width of 180mm or greater.

CNPS10X Optima

Versatile Compatibility
CNPS10X Optima accommodates a broad range of sockets.
- Intel LGA1155 / 1156 / 1150 / 1366 / 775
- AMD FM2 / FM1 / AM3+ / AM3 / AM2+ / AM2

CNPS10X Optima

High Performance Super Thermal Grease ZM-STG2M
The high performance super thermal grease ZM-STG2M maximizes heat transfer from the CPU to the base of CNPS10X Optima for intensified cooling performance.


CNPS10X Optima

Common Components

  • - CNPS10X Optima
  • - Shark Fin Blade Fan
  • - Backplate
  • - Side Caps
  • - Bolts
  • - Nuts
  • - Fan Fixing Clips
  • - Loading Block
  • - Thermal Grease(ZM-STG2M)
  • - Double-Sided Tape
  • - User Manual
CNPS10X Optima

Components for Intel

  • - Intel Clip
CNPS10X Optima

Component for AMD

  • - AMD Clip A
Socket CPU CPU Compatibility
Intel 1155/1156 Core i7 Extreme Supports all speeds
Core i7
Core i5
Core i3
1150 Core i7 Supports all speeds
Core i5
1366 Core i7 Extreme Supports all speeds
Core i7
775 Core 2 Quad Supports all speeds
Core 2 Duo
Core 2 Extreme
Pentium Dual Core
Pentium D
Pentium 4
Celeron D
AMD FM1 LIano Supports all speeds
FM2 Trinity Supports all speeds
AM3+ Vishera Supports all speeds
AM3 Phenom II Supports all speeds
Athlon II
AM2+ Phenom II Supports all speeds
Athlon FX
Athlon X2
AM2 Athlon FX Supports all speeds
Athlon X2
Dual-Core Opteron

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year

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  • John C.
  • 4/15/2015 1:36:00 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsFan died after two months.

Pros: Reasonably cheap, quieter than the stock cooler while it lasted, cooled better than the stock cooler. Easy to replace the fan with the included clips.

Cons: The fan began making faint noise after about a month, then ratcheted it up to a steady and annoying drone over the course of the next month. Replaced the fan with a 10-year-old Sunbeam fan, instant improvement. For a product whose main draw is the quietness of its fan, this was very disappointing.

Other Thoughts: Not a terrible cooler, but have a backup fan ready to go, or go with another brand with better fan reliability.

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  • Nicholas D.
  • 4/12/2015 11:58:18 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsOkay Product/ Terrible Company

Pros: Good Heat Sink

Cons: Noisy Fan
Dishonest Company

Other Thoughts: The Unit is large and the included thermal grease was cheap, I used Arctic Silver instead, Fan is noisy, and I put a second 120mm on there so it did drop my temps by 10 Celsius, I was very disappointed with the company denying my rebate. They have lost a customer for life due to their shady business practices, hope they enjoy the $10 they held on to so tightly.

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  • Georgi P.
  • 4/8/2015 3:20:44 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsLook OK, bad performance

Pros: Looks nice
Great airflow

Cons: Heatpipes dont contact CPU, There is about a 2mm gap between the pipe and the CPU, I was thermal throttling an FX 6300 running TeamFortress 2, Not demanding by any stretch of the imagination.

Other Thoughts: Would have been great. guess i got a bad one :(

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  • 4/6/2015 10:19:57 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice and heavy.

Pros: Solid build. Direct contact heat pipes. Compatible with many skt types.

Cons: There is considerable air space between heat pipes. Perhaps as much as 25% total area of air between heat pipes. Directions are occasionally difficult to understand depending on your skt type.

Other Thoughts: I didn't know what to do with the air space between the heat pipes. I ended up placing thermal paste on each heat pipe separately.

The cons only detract a little. Overall, I'm happy with this product.

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  • Tom T.
  • 2/14/2015 9:00:21 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsZalman Quality

Pros: Awesome price for the quality. Typical temps from a tower cooler. Cools my FX-4170 nicely. Easy installation on AM3+.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I love Zalman coolers, they fit everything from old Phenoms to Devils Canyon, I own 3 and counting!!

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  • Matthew C.
  • 2/10/2015 1:35:45 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Be warned, this cooler is huge. I was actually joking with my friend while unboxing the parts to build this new machine about how the processor was the size of the entire box, or the ram was several inches wide, and then he pulled this cooler out its box and it really was the size of the entire box. I'm running an old CMStacker case and I had to break the tabs off of the cover for the aux case fan because they were hitting the top of this cooler. The top of it is a finger width from being even with the power supply enclosure.

That being said, it keeps this AMD 8 core at temps lower than I've ever seen. It's actually reading 51 degrees right now. Fahrenheit. The highest the processor has hit so far is 104F.

Cons: The fan is very cheap. Mine started making noise barely two days after I installed it. Luckily, it's a standard 120mm case fan secured with a couple of clips and I have a few of those laying around.

Other Thoughts: These guys complaining about this cooler blocking ram slots aren't installing it right. If it blocks a ram slot horizontally, install it vertically. It fits fine so long as your case is big enough and you aren't actually paying for microatx boards. Nobody should be doing that. Stop it.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/9/2015 2:17:29 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: very good cooling...with prime95 for about 8hours my oc Q9300 3.4GHz max temp 68c

Cons: very annoying sound of the cooler fan...think about it before you buy this one

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  • Yu K.
  • 2/6/2015 9:08:45 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGood till the fan goes.

Pros: It quiet till the fan goes.

Cons: After the fan goes, the thing rattles the entire case. Also the heatsink is large, it blocks one of my ram slots.

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  • Jeffrey F.
  • 2/4/2015 6:29:20 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsZero hassle install on ASUS M5A97LE AM3+

Pros: Price w/rebate, quieter than stock, cools lower than stock.

Cons: None. I had no hassles that others mentioned. Yes, you do have to remove the motherboard if this isn't a new build, but that didn't bother me much.

Other Thoughts: I really don't see why some folks came down hard on this cooler.

I installed it on my ASUS M5A97LE AM3+ board with no pain. After reading the reviews here I was prepared for the worst and after 30 minutes or so had the board going back into the case wondering "What was all the fuss?"

I do have a lot of experience building/modding PC's (like, 30 years) but I honestly don't think that 'helped' here, it was simple and straightforward.

It runs about 5' cooler than stock at 'normal' 3.4ghz with an older Phenom II 945 95watt CPU.

When I run various stress tests, maxxing it as much as I's running TWENTY degrees cooler than previously (I used to top out around 65' and be worried I'd trip the heat shutdown) now I can't seem to get it over 45' no matter what I throw at it. That's almost eerie.

It may not be particularly quiet, I don't know, you can't compare it to the stock cooler as that's like a vacuum cleaner. It's "quiet enough" for my purposes. I don't have a soundproofed case, quite the opposite, and it doesn't bother me in the least.

I may have had some lucky combination of motherboard and skillset, or the complainers here might be incompetent. I can't really tell, but I recommend it.

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  • Steve M.
  • 1/13/2015 7:32:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsZalman CNPS10x Optima

Pros: Cools my amd fx 6300 by 20 degrees on the high end, 10 on the low (I get 17 degree temps idle, 30 degree full load prime95 vs the stock cooler 30 degree idle 60 degree load) and I've overclocked from 3.5 to 4.5ghz.

Includes clips for a second fan.

Easy assembly (coming from an expert) took less than 30mins installing on amd. If you don't use the tape as I didn't it's a bit awkward getting the first screw started but after that it went together quickly.

Cons: Fan is a bit loud but tolerable, 1800rpm produces almost 30 decibels

Other Thoughts: Probably going to replace the stock fan with a cougar 64cfm @ 16.5 decibels and get my rig closer to silent

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