Zalman CNPS10X Flex CPU Cooler - Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Article Index
Zalman CNPS10X Flex CPU Cooler
Zalman CNPS10X Flex Specifications
CNPS10X Flex Installation and Testing
Final Thoughts and Conclusion


Final Thoughts:

When you open the box of the CNPS10X Flex its pretty tough to get too excited as its only a heatsink, but once you get this cooler equipped with a couple of your favorite 120mm fans and see the performance that this cooler offers its a whole lot easier to get excited about the CNPS10X Flex (or about as excited as you can towards a CPU cooler).


The CNPS10X Flex heatsink definitely isn't for everyone, most consumers want an all-in-one solution and probably aren't going to be all excited about having to also go and buy themselves fans for this cooler (and will probably just go with something like the CNPS10X Extreme), however for the user that wants more customization options for their CPU cooler this might just be the ticket. It's nice to see that Zalman hasn't forgotten about the extreme user who wants the option of adding their favorite brand of 120mm fans to this cooler.

The performance of this cooler was very good as we found in our testing. We tested with both one and two fans installed and it was interesting to see the difference and drop in temperature when we added the 2nd fan. In our testing we used the Noctua NF-S12B FLX fans and ran them at 1200 RPM which made for a pretty quiet system.

I really have no major complaints with the CNPS10X Flex heatsink. This cooler installs nice and easy and once you add a couple of decent fans you've got a pretty decent CPU cooler and overall I was very happy with this product.

At the end of the day it's pretty easy to like the Zalman CNPS10X Flex heatsink and thanks to the good performance it offers we've awarded it with our "Editor's Choice" award. If your looking for a heatsink that allows you to easily add your favorite brand of 120mm fans then the Zalman CNPS10X Flex might just be for you.


  • Good Performance
  • Support for 2 120mm Fans
  • Compatible with all recent CPU's



  • Nothing Major





I'd like to thank Zalman for sending us the CNPS10X Flex CPU Cooler . If you have any questions, comments, or general feedback, please leave it at the "Comments" link below.