Whether you're a parent, a big brother/sister with little siblings, or an uncle/aunt with nieces or nephews, you've probably encouraged the little ones to try new things. So far be it for us to criticize Zalman for venturing away from the blooming circular design that has been a mainstay of previous CNPS coolers and trying out a new (for them) blueprint.
This time around, Zalman takes a page from its competitors who have moved to a towering, rectangular heatsink design and used it as the basis for the new CNPS10X Extreme. And if size really does matter, Zalman should have nothing to worry about. The CNPS10X is big and feels solidly constructed, but how does it fare with Intel's flagship Core i7 975? Keep reading to find out!
|Zalman CNPS10X Extreme||920g|
|Thermaltake Big Typhoon||813g|
|Thermalright True Black 120||790g|
|Zalman CNPS 9900 LED||730g|
|GlacialTech Igloo 5610 Series||373g|
When we said this was a big cooler, we really meant it. Due to its size, the Zalman CNPS10X is one of the heaviest air coolers we've ever had in our lab and weighs almost 200g more than Zalman's previous CNPS 9900 LED. That's a pretty big weight gain, which places the CNPS as one of the heftiest coolers on the market, though there are others -- both the Cooler Master V10 (1.2kg) and Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme (1.02kg), for example -- that weigh even more.