The ZALMAN CNPS11X Performa offers ultra-cool & quiet operation and aggressive styling. The ultra quiet 120mm fan, four Direct Touch heatpipes and V-shape dual heatsinks combine to deliver efficient heat dissipation to keep your CPU cool. Moreover, CNPS11X Performa’s unique FET Cooling Airflow Guide helps cool the peripheral areas and FET for stable operation. The ZALMAN CNPS11X Performa features universal compatibility with Intel and AMD sockets including the latest Intel LGA2011 Socket.
Pros: This is a awesome CPU cooler. Purchased this to keep my AMD A10 5800K CPU cool, they run quite warm and I run Folding @ Home. With FAH running all CPU cores @ 100% and the GPU as well, on the stock cooler I was seeing temperatures of around 68c, not to mention was extremely noisy. Now after installing the Zalman, temps at full load have dropped to 49c, a huge difference, not to mention that I can barely hear it so its much much quieter.
Cons: Even being one of the smaller CPU coolers with a 120mm fan, its still big, barely fit my case, had to mod my side panel and put in a mesh opening to gain a extra couple mm's, but Im also using a MicroATX case so bad on me for not measuring more closely before hand.
Other Thoughts: If you have a small case, this can work, just might need to modify side panel a bit.
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Could cool a small car
Pros: Installation is practically idiot proof (assuming that you can read instructions), small footprint, quiet.
Cons: Fan is not ball bearing.
Other Thoughts: This thing looks like it could be an A/C evaporator in a small car, but is not obnoxiously huge like some tower coolers. No LEDs? Who cares! It works! I think the V design is more efficient than a monolithic brick cooler, and it clears the RAM on an Intel DZ77GA-70K motherboard with a little room to spare. Allows moderately sane overclocking with ease. Idle temps high 30s to low 40s, 4.5 GHz overclock just cracks the 90s in a warm room at full load (i5-3570K). This is Ivy Bridge, Sandy Bridge would run even cooler.
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Worst fan / heat sink I've ever used
Pros: Good brand. Comes with the stuff to mount it on many different socket options. Comes with it's own tools for installation (at least for socket 2011).
Cons: I used this for socket 2011, maybe that socket was an oversight in their design process, or maybe the fan/heat sink just isn't good. Also, the board I was installing it on was dual socket, so I had two of these guys and both of them were the exact same.
Other Thoughts: Do not buy this for Socket 2011, I can't speak for others.
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Perfect Fit on Asrock Extreme 3 Gen 3
Pros: Perfect Fit on Asrock Extreme 3 Gen 3 does not interfere with northbridge and doesn't cover ram slot
Cons: Minor Gripes
Other Thoughts: took a chance on a no review product but Zalman does make great CPU coolers and i am not disappointed Installation was not to bad since i did it outside the case
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“Perfect Fit on Asrock Extreme 3 Gen 3 does not interfere with northbridge and doesn't cover ram slot— Rictar 5/26/2012
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“Installation is practically idiot proof (assuming that you can read instructions), small footprint, quiet.”— 8/5/2012