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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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  • 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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  • JD 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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  • Vince V.
  • 1/5/2015 1:32:06 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsTricky

Pros: Used this because it was recommended by VideoGuys for an NLE computer build. So far seems to be working well.

Cons: Tricky to install, you need two people. Instructions are not very clear at times.

Other Thoughts: The case I bought only has 2 fans included (Antec 302) so this is a must to cool an Intel i7 processor.

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  • Marshall B.
  • 12/28/2014 1:51:43 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Excellent cooling for the price.

It was fairly quiet until the bearing on the fan went out.. If/when the fan goes out, it can be replaced with an off-the-shelf 120mm case fan.

Cons: It's a PITA to install. The process of unmounting my MB and trying to get everything lined up and screw.ed
(thanks word filter) down without getting thermal paste everywhere took about an hour.

After about a month, the fan started making a loud rattling noise. I had already thrown away the packaging, so I just bought a generic 120mm case fan and replaced the stock one.

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  • Stephen R.
  • 12/19/2014 2:21:45 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat for the price

Pros: +Decent cooling.

Cons: Fan can get a bit loud when spinning at 100%.
Thankfully, this only happens when your computer is really loaded. Normally it's pretty quiet.

Other Thoughts: Picked one up when there was a 20.00 dollar rebate, making my net cost < a Hamilton.

Finally installed it with my Ivy Bridge i5 clocked at 4.3 ghz, replaced my aging Corsair H60.

Cooling is comparable, but without the annoying pump on the Corsair.

In my mid tower system I max out at about 81c running Prime 95.
No complaints, until the fan really spins up it's not annoying.

For the price, it's just really hard to beat this cooler. I'd probably compare this cooler to a Hyper 212+ for cooling, although putting this together was a bit easier.

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  • Glen R.
  • 12/10/2014 5:30:51 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDecent for price

Pros: For the price it's a good heatsink.

I don't think there are a huge difference between heatsink's of this price and size, but the reason to go with this one would be that it has somewhat more depth than other offerings.

Cons: The fan in mine did not last, it was okay at first, still quite loud, but it's very noisy now at anything above 1400rpm.

Other Thoughts: Keep my 760k oc to 4.6 very cool. Max load at 100% fanspeed it keeps around 50C

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