34 Zalman VGA Coolers Review

It is very common to find enthusiasts changing out the
cooling solutions on their graphics cards to third party alternatives, for the
reasons of both performance, and sometimes silence. The Zalman GPU coolers of
various models are becoming quite the rage among this group, who are also into
overclocking and maximizing the performance of their setups. Today we compare a
few of these coolers and see what kind of performance benefits each offer.

It is very common to find enthusiasts changing out the
cooling solutions on their graphics cards to third party alternatives, for the
reasons of both performance, and sometimes silence. The Zalman GPU coolers of
various models are becoming quite the rage among this group, who are also into
overclocking and maximizing the performance of their setups. Today we compare a
few of these coolers and see what kind of performance benefits each offer.

Our testing ground takes place in a CoolerMaster typical ATX
casing:

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There is a single 120mm fan intake at the bottom front, with
ThermalRight XP90C cooler on the CPU.


Processor


AMD Athlon 64 FX60 (2.6GHz)


Motherboard


ASUS A8N32 SLI
Deluxe


Memory


Corsair


2GB TwinX XMS4000 (CL3-4-4-8)


HDD


Western Digital
Raptor 740 74GB SATA


VGA


NVIDIA Reference
7900GTX (650/800MHz)


NVIDIA Reference
7600GT (560/800MHz)


PSU


SevenTeam
ST-520PAF-05F 520w


Coolers


Zalman VF900-Cu


Zalman VF700-Cu LED


Zalman Fatal1ty
FS-V7


Titan Eagle
TTC-CSC82TB


Default Cooler

 

We tested out the coolers using 2 graphics cards, a reference NVIDIA
7900GTX and a reference NVIDIA 7600GT. The coolers were also compared with
the default cooling that come with these cards. We also tested with and
without the case side panel closed:

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