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Zalman VF900-Cu Heatpipe Graphics Card Cooler Review
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Zalman VF900-Cu Heatpipe Graphics Card Cooler

Honestly, we wouldn't have thought that we'd have a new winner so quickly. Just months ago, when we reviewed the Arctic Cooling Accelero X1, it was quieter than the stock cooler, but the performance didn't really justify the price of $30. It was just a quieter replacement for the stock cooler, nothing more.

Now, Zalman failed to really impress us with their VF700 series, as they didn't perform that well, especially compared to the old ZM80-HP series. However, the new Zalman VF900-Cu was quite an improvement over their previous line-up.

It was a hair better than Accelero X1 - it had much better performance but was noisier. At full speed, it would definitely not please the readers from SilentPCReview!

Personally, we would choose the VF900-Cu over the Accelero X1 any day. This is because with the VF900-Cu, we have the choice of increasing the fan speed to 12V if we really need to. The Accelero X1, on the other hand, remains quiet (and underpowered) even at full speed.

Installation-wise, the new VF900-Cu definitely beats VF700 series. We didn't even need a screwdriver! That must be a first for graphics card coolers!

Although it's the best graphics card cooler we have tested, the Thermalright's V1-Ultra still remains the king. The Zalman VF900 sits right in between the Accelero X1 and the V1-Ultra, in terms of performance, price, and noise. Unfortunately, the Zalman VF900 is not cheap - prices range from $40 to $50.

Although it has its share of faults, there's no denying its remarkable performance and ease of installation. As such, we are happy to award the Zalman VF900-Cu our Reviewer's Choice Award! Congratulations, Zalman!

For more details, read our Comprehensive Review!

MSRP

• NA

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Review

Comprehensive Review

Model

• Zalman VF900-Cu

Dimensions

• 96 mm long
• 96 mm wide
• 30 mm high

Heatsink Weight

• 185 g

Base Material

• Pure Copper

Bearing Type

• Two Ball Bearings

Speed

• 1,350 ~ 2,400rpm ± 10%

Noise Level

• 18.5 ~ 25.0dB ± 10%

Package Contents

• Heatsink Assembly (VF900-Cu)
• Eight RAM Heatsinks
• Assembly Parts
• Thermal Grease
• Fan Controller (Fan Mate 2)
• User's Manual - in English and Korean

 

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