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Zalman VF900-Cu GPU Cooler Review

Former staff writer    -   October 26, 2006


Installation
Installation of the cooler is relatively simple once you have the original cooler removed. The stock cooler is very simple to remove and once removed you will need to clean off the original thermal paste. I usually use a bit of alcohol on a tissue or lint free cloth to remove the old paste.

Once the GPU is all cleaned up you are ready to apply a new dab of thermal paste, however I choose to use AS5 (Artic Silver 5) instead of the supplied thermal compound. It’s always good to make a dry run or pre fit the cooler prior to applying the new thermal compound, just to ensure a proper fit and it usually helps me to have a much nicer, cleaner and easier installation once the thermal compound has been applied. The first thing that will need to be installed is the fancy little blue ram sinks. These ram sinks are more than simple to install, they have an adhesive backing, which a simple removal of the protective film and the ram sinks are ready to be press onto the ram. One thing I found out is that it seems to help if once you place the heat sink on the ram use a slight twisting side to side motion while applying pressure, seems to make the sinks stay on a bit better. The reason for eight ram sinks is so that they can be placed on the backside of the card and then the remaining four on the front side of the video card ram.

Now comes the exciting time of the actual heat sink/ fan installation. Once again installation is a breeze and the unit is easily installed with-in a couple minutes, just don’t forget to add the thermal compound prior to final installation. First, you will need to determine which holes on the mounting bracket you will need to fit your video card. Once that’s determined you simply screw in the threaded nipples, slip on a rubber o-ring, then place the unit onto your video card lining it up to the factory holes.

Once you have the unit placed on your video card you will need to either lay it flat fan side down or just simply hold the fan/ heat sink firmly while being able to access the backside of the card. Place one plastic washer on each screw protruding through the card, then add the spring and finally screw the holding nut on. It’s best to get both holding nuts started first and then tighten each one back and forth to allow for even seating of the heat sink to the GPU.

The only thing left once you actually have the cooler installed is to re-install the card into your pc, re-connect the power supply cable (if needed) to the card, connect the fan mate 2 and fan wires to an appropriate power source and fire it up to enjoy cooling of the new Zalman VF900!

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 96(L) X 96(W) X 30(H) mm
  • Weight: 185g
  • Base Material: Pure Copper
  • Bearing Type: 2-Ball
  • Speed: 1,350 ~ 2,400rpm ± 10%
  • Noise Level: 18.5 ~ 25.0dB ± 10%

Compatible Video Cards
ATI video cards
  • ATI X1600 Series
  • ATI X1300 Series
  • ATI Radeon 9*** Series (except 9550/9600)
  • ATI Radeon X*** Series
  • ATI X1600 Series
  • ATI X1900 Series
  • ATI X1800 Series

Nvidia video cards
  • NVIDIA Geforce4 MX Series
  • NVIDIA Geforce FX 5200
  • NVIDIA Geforce FX 5500
  • NVIDIA Geforce FX 5600(FX 5700)
  • NVIDIA Geforce 6600 Series (except 6600 AGP Series)
  • NVIDIA Geforce4 Ti 4*** Series
  • NVIDIA Geforce FX 5700(Ultra) Series
  • NVIDIA Geforce FX 5800 Series
  • NVIDIA Geforce 6600 Series (except 6600 AGP Series)
  • NVIDIA Geforce 6600 Series (except 6600 AGP Series)
  • NVIDIA Geforce 7600 Series
  • NVIDIA Geforce FX 5900 Series
  • NVIDIA Geforce FX 5950 Series
  • NVIDIA Geforce 7900 Series
  • NVIDIA Geforce 7800 Series (except 7800GS)
  • NVIDIA Geforce 7600 Series
  • NVIDIA Geforce 6800 Series



  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Installation & Specifications
  3. Testing & Conclusion
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