The well-known South Korean company Zalman presented another iteration of the equally well-known CNPS9X processor cooler, but this time from the Performa family. Zalman CNPS9X Performa is offered in three versions at once: all black, all white, and conditionally “ordinary” with a bare radiator and a dark propeller.
In terms of design, we have a classic single-section heat pipe tower. The cooler measures 122 x 76 x 157 mm (W x D x H) and weighs 680 grams. The lamellas are strung on 4x 6mm heat pipes, which at the base are in direct contact with the processor surface to save money. On the counterpart of the base there is an additional mini-radiator. According to Zalman, the cooler will handle a 180-watt processor.
The radiator is blown by a 120-mm propeller on a hydrodynamic bearing with a resource of 50 thousand hours. The impeller rotates in the range of 700-1800 rpm, pumping up to 104 cubic meters of air with a noise level of up to 28 dBA.
Separately, the company highlights a cunning impeller profile called the Vortex Breaker Blade, supposedly inspired by a bird’s wing. In short, the essence is in special triangular notches near the rotor, which reduce noise and straighten the air flow.
The cooler is compatible with AMD AM4 sockets, as well as Intel LGA 1700/1200/115x sockets. There is no data on the price.