Zalman is considered to be a key player in PC hardware field mainly due to a perfect combination of quality, functionality and price tags. CPU coolers are not an exception, since they ensure efficient and low-noise cooling of hard-hitting processors. The company’s latest CNPS8X Optima cooler is all about innovation that turns it around. Improved framework makes the model compatible with practically all platforms from Intel and AMD, save for Intel Socket LGA 2011/2011-v3/1366.
Zalman CNPS8x Optima employs a large heatsink, three copper heatpipes, and a single 92 mm fan. The latter is based on long-life bearing and features 4-contact connector. It is able to rotate at about 1200 RPM, producing not more than 30 dB noise.
The list of innovative technologies integrated into the cooler includes:
— Direct Touch Heatpipe (DTH) technology wherein all three heatpipes are in direct touch with a heatspreader. This accelerates heat dissipation process, enhancing overall performance;
— Fluid Distribution Chamber (FDC) implies an increase of efficiency while transferring airflow through the heatsink fins. This is due to the amplification of a static pressure – the result of the installation of an additional air chamber between heatsink and fan;
— Turbulence Acceleration Convex Fin (TAC) presumes an improved heatsink shape and an optimal heatpipes location, which in combination provide for a more efficient airflow direction;
— Near Field Cooling Air Guide (NCA) is a peculiar localization of a fan frame, called to ensure cooling of components adjacent to CPU;
— Multi-Layer Slit Fin (MLS) enhances cooling of fins, due to dedicated notches in their framework used to freely pass the airflow;
— Shark Fin Blade Fan is a special framework of fan blades that allows reducing turbulence and noise level.