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Zalman GPU coolers

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by Townlea, 12 Apr 2006.

  1. Townlea

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    Right, I am considering buying a new GPU cooler.

    I have heard the zalman range is very good,

    The Zalman VF700-CU @ £23.44 inc VAT i thought was ok....

    Then I look at a competitor and notice that they are selling the Fata1ty version that is £30 at OCUK for £22 ....

    If the two coolers were the exact same price from OCUK... which one would be better??? (excuse me if this is a dumb question or not)

    and if so how much better would the better cooler be?

    PS: I heard the Fata1ty range was just a con to spend more, am i correct??

    Townlea
     
  2. Noni

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    The fatality has red l.e.d's and a more powerful fan. Thats it.

    I would go for the normal VF700CU
     
  3. JonnyGLC

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    Why not the VF-900?
     
  4. Townlea

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    Well the Fata1ty is actually cheaper hehe :)

    very interesting thought as I have just read this reveiw... Link

    Might consider :)
     
  5. OV3RCLOCK3R

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    Definatly go for the VF-900. Best cooler out:)
     
  6. jrodga2k5

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    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ agreed i have one on my x1800xt :D
     
  7. nikebee

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    should be hopefully treating myself to one this weekend (sorry to hijack the thread) but are they pretty easy to install?

    not done this stuff before... been building pc's for a fair few years now, but this is the first time i've ever changed a fan on a graphics card :)
     
  8. Naffa

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    I dont own one, but a good friend of mine does. Easy to install, the only hard part was taking to old cooler off :p. Dropped temps by about 30oC on an X800XTPE AGP iirc, and allowed for a slightly better overclock.

    EDIT: This was the VF900.
     
  9. nikebee

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    cool :)

    wow didn't realise that the VF900 was only £1 more expensive than the old VF700 :eek:

    last time i checked it was about £8 more expensive... definately getting one of these this weekend :)

    hopefully tomorrows This Week Only will be generous to me :p
     
  10. jrodga2k5

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    Yeha was very simple, this is the second fan i've fitted actually! first was an arctic cooling fan on my old 9800pro which was simple!

    THe Zalmans are very simple, just read the instructions and follow it all step by step and you wont go wrong :D

    Instant results?! try me losing 20 degrees on both idle and load temps on my x1800xt :D
     
  11. ray

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    Totally agree. I fitted the vf900 to my x1900 last week and it was pretty straightforward as the instructions were easy to follow. This is the first GPU cooler I've installed.

    I've got the cooler connected to a fan controller and even at the maximum fan speed all you hear is a slight wooshing sound. I normally keep the fan at 50% and it's inaudible. Temperatures have been around 10degs cooler for me.
     
  12. man_from_uncle

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    I'm another user of the vf900. Installed it a couple of nights ago. One tip, test the card first before making the change. I didn't and when I took the hold heatsink off and the screws fell to the floor I suddenly realised that even if things went well it might still go wrong because i didn't know if it worked in the first place.

    Generally speaking though, as scary as it was, the installation was not very hard. Getting the old heatsink off was actually the easist bit for me. The toughest bit was hooking the fan up to my own fan control unit.

    Results are great. On min fan speed I don't even reach 45c underload and it is COMPLETELY SILENT. On max settings it's very quiet and i don't go above 39c. Dead impressed.
     
    Last edited: 13 Apr 2006
  13. kbc

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    Yeps... mine idles about there. It's very easy to install on my 7900GT. Removing the stock sink was easy as well. I applied some AS5 on mine rather than the stock paste. :)
     
  14. squiffy

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    So anyone with X1900XT want to report before and after CPU/MB/GPU temps with 900?
     
  15. Mfr

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    I can highly recommend the ZalmanVF900-cu, it let me overclock my bfg 7800gt to 500 core, 1.2 mem. Idles around 40 and under load around 50. Best cooler i've ever had! :D
     
  16. xander_uk2

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    Exactly the same result for me mate! and the fan setting is just under half so I cant hear it :D
    An awesome cooler, cant fault it. The whole package has Quality written all over it.
    Installation was no problem, just run 3D mark for 15-20 mins before removing the stock cooler. That'll make it easier to take off
     
  17. squiffy

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    How's it compare to stock X1900XT cooler, with the Zalman on the highest fan setting? (cooling and noise)
     
  18. superpc

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    For those of you who have owned a V700 and have now bought a V900, is the V900 better at cooling and is it any quieter? Was it worth changing to?
     
  19. man_from_uncle

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    Well according to http://www.tweaknews.net/reviews/vf900/ (as Townlea pointed out above) the vf900 beats the fatality version of the vf700 in both cooling and noise. Under load it's 4-5 degrees better while still being quieter.
     
  20. barney

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    I would like to know this too. in the process of overclocking my X1900XTX's and because of the heat i have to run them between 80-100 speed all the time and they are bloody loud, especially with 2 of them going (they do however keep it pretty cool even with high overclocks).