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ZALMAN CNPS5X Performa 92mm FSB (Fluid Shield Bearing) Powerful Cooling Performance CPU Cooler

  • 1400 ~ 2800rpm ± 10%
  • 20 ~ 32dBA ± 15%
  • Pure Copper, Aluminum
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The ZALMAN CNPS5X Performa is a quiet, yet powerful CPU cooler on a budget. An ultra quiet 92mm PWM fan with fluid shield bearing, three heatpipes and aluminum fins combine to deliver efficient heat dissipation to keep your CPU cool. Broad socket compatibility makes it suitable for almost all the mainstream motherboard platforms.

  • newegg Powerful Cooling Performance Three heatpipes and aluminum fins are designed for maximum cooling while cooler setup quickly expels hot air out of the case.
  • newegg Ultra Quiet 92mm Fluid Shield Bearing Fan An ultra quiet 92mm fan with FSB bearing is incorporated for minimized noise and excellent cooling.
  • newegg PWM Fan Control The PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) Fan automatically adjusts fan speed (RPM) according to the CPU’s temperature.
  • newegg Easy Installation The cooler is designed with tool-less installation clip, making installation convenient.
  • newegg High Performance Super Thermal Grease ZM-STG2M The included all new high performance thermal grease ZM-STG2M maximizes heat transfer from the CPU to the base of CNPS5X for intensified cooling performance.
  • newegg Versatile Compatibility CNPS5X accommodates a broad range of sockets including Intel LGA 1155 / 1156 / 775 and AMD FM1 / AM3+ / AM3 / AM2+ / AM2.

Learn more about the Zalman Tech Co., Ltd CNPS5X Performa

Model

Brand
ZALMAN
Model
CNPS5X Performa

Spec

Type
Fan & Heatsinks
Fan Size
92mm
Compatibility
Intel LGA 1150/ 1155 / 1156 / 775

AMD FM1 / AM3+ / AM3 / AM2+ / AM2
Bearing Type
FSB (Fluid Shield Bearing)
RPM
1400 ~ 2800rpm +/- 10%
Noise Level
20 ~ 32dBA +/- 15%
Power Connector
4 Pin
Heatsink Material
Pure Copper, Aluminum

Physical Spec

Weight
320g

Features

Features
Input Voltage: 12V

Function: PWM Control, Auto Restart

Three heatpipes and aluminum fins are designed for maximum cooling while cooler setup quickly expels hot air out of the case.

An ultra quiet 92mm fan with FSB bearing is incorporated for minimized noise and excellent cooling.

The PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) Fan automatically adjusts fan speed (RPM) according to the CPU's temperature.

The cooler is designed with tool-less installation clip, making installation convenient.

Quick Info

Warranty

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


Customer Reviews of the Zalman Tech Co., Ltd CNPS5X Performa

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  • Mario B.
  • 12/15/2014 6:07:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsYou get what you pay for....

Pros: -Very light
-Very small and versatile
-Price is cheap
-Easy installation, with clear explaination

Cons: -Loud (see other toughts)
-Poor life time.....
-Can't acheive high overclock (overheats)

Other Thoughts: Worked VERY well for.. 1 months, then it started to get pretty loud then the noise it makes, went up. Now I hate it, bought corsair liquid cooling (h100i).to replace it. I would recommend this fan for someone, that does not really care about noise and that wouldn't oc with it

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1 out of 5 eggsPoor Design

Pros: Looks cool

Cons: To start it doesnt completely cover the CPU. Cooling isnt great. And its very large and could interfere with side case fans (i had to remove mine).
Second the fan on it is cheaply made and you cannot change it out with another fan. Keeping in mind you shouldn't stick your hand near a fan while its on I did and it snapped the blade clean off.
I had another one sitting here so I traded them out and when I closed my case a wire was close and again snapped the fan blade off the second one. I have hit fans a few times in my life and never had one break. The fact you cant plug and play another fan is terrible since these are now shot.

Other Thoughts: Buy something that covers your CPU and has a fan you can trade out with any other standard case fan.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear valued customer,

We sincerely apologize for the issue. Please contact our customer service e-mail support.usa@zalmanusa.com or via toll free number 1-888-925-6266 for further assistance.

Thank you.

Best regards,

Zalman USA Customer Service

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  • coleman t.
  • 12/11/2014 12:54:46 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsoka

Pros: Well its quieter than my stock cooler not as heavy as some aftermarkets

Cons: not as good as mystock cooler and lesser quality. It also doesnot cover the full cpu and cost to much at the price i bought it (20 usd)lost an egg for that because iI bought one for 15usd(13.50 on sell that was way better.and lost an egg for having to fill in spaces on botton of the base.

Other Thoughts: make the base bigger if your going to clame am3+ cpu and solid copper foot would be nice...The resson i got this was noise of my stock cooler was unbarble I sould have seen if i could have got a better fan for my stock one oh well(fan is 60mm on the stock)

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/9/2014 8:20:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsDoes what it says on the box: it cools my CPU

Pros: I am not overclocking my CPU, but its temps are about 20 degrees Celsius cooler than my CPU's included stock cooler. Given this, I'm sure it could handle a reasonable amount of heat generated by a little bit of overclocking. I got this one because of the 92mm fan size; I was nervous about getting a big cooler because I didn't want to encounter issues fitting it in my case, and this worked out well. This cooler fits fine inside my case, even with top-mounted case fans (though it is a little close/snug, but not problematic at all). If you don't want to risk trying to fit a big cooler into your mid-tower, this one should probably fit well.

Cons: It took me a little time and a couple of scratched knuckles to ensure the cooler was centered and fastened properly. It was a bit of a pain, but that's probably me and not the cooler's fault.

Other Thoughts: I did what another reviewer recommended and put some thermal paste along the seams where the copper meets the aluminum before mounting.

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  • William D.
  • 12/8/2014 9:16:01 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Value

Pros: This cooler works well, much better than stock
mostly quiet
easy to install on AMD
Looks nice

Cons: At full tilt I can hear it spin up, but that's true of most fans
Does not cover the entire cpu.. leaves a little cpu showing on the edges. doesn't seem to affect anything though

Other Thoughts: Was recommended this cooler by a friend. I have this cooling a FX6300 now overclocked to a stable 4.3ghz and the temps are very good. My room is ~70-75F and at idle the cpu is around 30C, under load the highest I have recorded was 48C. Looks like I have some headroom! I am really happy with this purchase and would recommend this cooler.

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  • Joseph B.
  • 12/6/2014 8:57:37 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFor an Zambezi 8 core

Pros: Small, compact and moves plenty of air/heat.

Cons: Not self-installing.....

Other Thoughts: For the price you can't beat this cooler.

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  • Joel R.
  • 11/21/2014 9:02:05 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice Heatsink

Pros: Quiet. Mounting method is quite secure. Compact (as far as riser heatsinks go).

Cons: The fins bend pretty easily, but this isn't a Zalman-specific issue.

Other Thoughts: I'm running this in my storage / Plex server, and had a stock AMD fan and older power supply in it previously. This, coupled with a new power supply with a larger/quieter fan has dramatically lowered the decibels that my server kicks out.

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  • Justin D.
  • 11/20/2014 11:53:55 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome cooler for the money.

Pros: Great cooler so far. Had no issue's with this cooler. Easy install on my AMD AM3+ MSI 970 gaming motherboard with an AMD FX 6300 CPU, very simple install and keeps my CPU nice and cool.

Cons: None, this thing works!

Other Thoughts: For the price I would recommend this to anyone building a gaming PC or a PC that would cause a lot of heat due to use.

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  • Vincent S.
  • 11/16/2014 7:04:43 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Cooler

Pros: Not too large; plenty of clearance on the Gigabyte Z97x-SLI
Quiet!

Cons: Heat sink compound slips into grooves on base- forcing one to use more.

Other Thoughts: So far this cooler has been performing well, keeping the 4590 chip at 36 degrees under normal workloads. Have not overclocked or pushed the CPU at all ye thought.

It is VERY QUIET; actually have to put my ear to the case to determine if the machine is on.

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  • Nicholas A.
  • 11/11/2014 9:26:38 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Cooler!

Pros: Price, effective, efficient, fairly quiet.

Cons: A bit high, but in the end its more of a pro; clearance is nice.

Other Thoughts: This thing is great! I love the look and couldn't be happier with this cooler! I've owned it for a while now and i am idling at roughly 19/20 c!!! Under a load i am pushing maybe 30... this puppy puts my mind at peace knowing I don't need to worry for a second about my temp. Oh yeah, and its a breeze to clean.

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