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ZEROtherm Nirvana NV 120 Cpu Cooler Review

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To test the ZEROtherm Nirvana, as well as the Tunic Tower, the benchmarks used will be at stock speeds of 2.4 GHz and overclocked speeds of 3.150 GHz. The stock heatsink tested will be benchmarked at 2.4 GHz and 2.7 GHz, just to show the large temperature drops when using an aftermarket heatsink. Temperatures tested will be at both Idle and 100% Load. Folding at home will be used to achieve load temperatures. All room temperatures will be climate controlled at 78° Fahrenheit or 25.5° Celsius. Hey, I live in Florida; do you know what it costs to cool a house during the summer?! LOL. All temperatures will be measured in Celsius.


Testing Setup:

  • Intel Core 2 Quad 6600
  • 2 GB Mushkin XP2 8500 DDR2 Memory
  • ZEROtherm Nirvana NV120 CPU Cooler
  • Tunic Tower
  • Intel Stock Heatsink
  • XFX 8800GTS XXX 320MB Video Card
  • Ultra 800W PSU
  • Western Digital 80 GB IDE Hard Drive
  • Thermaltake Mozart Case
  • 2x Lite-On CD/DVD+/-RW Optical Drives
  • Microsoft Media Center Edition










In order to achieve the overclocked speeds of 3.150 GHz, the VCore voltage was raised from 1.22 to 1.35, the system RAM was run unlinked, and the NB voltage was set to 1.375. For the stock heatsink, the overclock of 2.7 GHz was achieved at stock voltages all around. The stock heatsink was used just for comparison and as you can see, even without any increased volts, its temperatures are significantly higher. Since there was no voltage added to the core while overclocked, idle temperatures remained the same.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (Continued)
  3. Installation
  4. Specifications & Features
  5. Testing
  6. Conclusion
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