Cogage TRUE Spirit & Zalman CNPS10X Quiet CPU Coolers

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PHYSICAL DETAILS - Zalman CNPS10X Quiet

The heatsink features five copper heatpipes in a staggered array and 45 aluminum fins. It measures 135 x 100 x 160 mm (L x W x H) and weighs about 640 grams, 780 grams with the stock fan.


Like the TRUE Spirit, the CNPS10X Quiet lacks the nickel plating that gives its fancier brother its dark, uniform appearance. The copper heatpipes stand out, as do the center section of protruding blue fins.


On average, the heatsink's fins are 0.40 mm thick and spaced 2.00 mm apart, much looser than the CNPS10X eXtreme pictured on the right. That alone makes it more conducive for quiet cooling.


Though the heatsink is rather thick like the Flex and Extreme variants of the CNPS10X, it does not have grooves for a second set of fan clips.


The polished base.


The stock fan came with a set of rubber spacers attached, presumably to reduce vibration. This also increases the thickness of the fan; a standard 120 mm fan mounted with the same clips is a bit loose as a result.


Installed on our test platform. The installation procedure is similar to that of the CNPS10X Extreme.



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