The CPU, or brains, of a computer can become extremely hot under load. This can decrease the performance of the computer and will definitely shorten the lifespan. Manufacturers have included a heat sink/fan to dissipate some of the heat generated, however, the cooling needs, in most cases, are just barely met and are definitely not suitable for overclocking.
Zalman, a Korean company, has made a name for themselves, particularly in high performance and quiet cooling products. They design and manufacture heat sinks and fans for computers and, in particular, have created the CNPS, Computer Noise Prevention System, line of coolers. This line boasts extremely quiet and efficient operation. They have also elected to create different innovative designs for their various products, in order to stand out among the competition.
The Zalman CNPS10X Performa is designed to cool your CPU while maintaining a quiet PC. The Zalman Performa also boasts compatibility with many of the older and newer socket types, such as LGA 1156. The Performa also shows some style with its unique fin design in the middle of the cooler.