ZAWARD ZCJ013 Vapor 120 ReviewRHKCommander959 -
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With the Vapor 120 heat sink out of the box, we can get a good look at it. The front view shows that every-other heat fin is dimpled. The three heat pipes are evenly spaced out in both directions. The fins start up high and should provide enough clearance for memory or onboard heat sinks. The fins are spaced apart by the bent ends on the sides and the lip created in making the holes for the heat pipes to go through. The heat pipes are not soldered to the fins, so some performance is probably lost, but this also means that the heat sink should be cheaper. Cheaper isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as long as the Vapor 120 can provide good performance. The heat sink is not very wide and is much less cumbersome than other heat sinks, such as the Tuniq Tower 120 or other massive heat sinks of towering heights. The base width is the same as the fin width so without the included fan, installation can be fairly easy.
The top-most heat fin is dimpled but the holes are hard to see. The slots on the sides are for the fan mounting hardware, and do allow for a push-pull configuration. A sticker that must be removed prior to installation protects the base of the heat sink from corrosion and scratches. If the user forgets to remove it, their temperatures will be terrible.
The base isn’t smooth but it is flat, and flat is more important than smooth anyway. The gap between the aluminum base and heat pipes are very small and won’t require users to cram thermal paste in between them since the gaps are so small. Since the fins aren’t soldered in, they can be removed and examined – with the top heat fin removed, the 33 raised dimples with holes are easy to see.
The black fan that comes with the heat sink has four blue LEDs and the patented dimple design on the impeller. The fan has shrink tubing and mesh to cover the wiring. The front of the impeller has a reflective sticker that says Zaward eight times in white and once in black in the center. Rotating to the back, the fan has a sticker that says Globe fan, rather than Zaward. Duro bearing is still used, and the fan uses 12V at 0.45A. Globe fan is the same company as Zaward, with a very similar website. The fan attaches with two wire clips, two more are provided for a push-pull configuration, however a second fan isn’t provided.
With the motherboard tray modified to allow heat sinks to be changed without removing the motherboard, installation was easy! The hardest part was reaching the two nuts on the fan-less side because of tight clearance with the case fans. There is plenty of room for the memory and the tall chipset heat sink didn’t come close to touching the fan. The tightest space was with the side panel on, if there was a fan there it might have touched, but without a fan it closed just fine and had some room to spare on my Hiper case. The blue glow from the LEDs looked neat against the dimpled impeller.
Time to take a look at the specifications!