Zalman VF900-Cu

Installation

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://ufo1.com/ad/c.js"></script> Posted 04/12/2006
Author: Nicholas Sarpolis (NickS)
Hardware Acquired: Silicon Valley Compucycle & Newegg,com

Installation

Installing this card is fairly easy, and I think uses a much better method than the VF700-Cu.  The VF700-Cu, only makes use of 2/4 mounting holes available on most modern cards, while the VF900-Cu uses all four, better distributing pressure.. which leads to better overall contact and heat transfer.  Heres some pictures of the VF700-Cu, the card, and eventually the VF900-Cu mounted.

 
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As you can see, the mounting system isn't the best.  The bracket for the VF700-Cu is quite cumbersome during installation.  Let's get to installing the VF900-Cu, shall we?  I've been reading up on these heatsinks a lot, and people say with the VF series, it's best to spread an even coat of Arctic Silver 5.  I did so, with my leet high-school student ID card.  Any credit card type card works.

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Mounted up.  Really nice heatsink in my opinion.  Great contact too.  Make sure you tighten down each knob extremely tight.  The tighter the better, until a certain point.  The springs limit you, to how much you can tighten the heatsink down.  I pretty much flattened the springs.

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Looks good, I must say myself.  Now let's look at the performance.

 
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Most Recent Comments

12-04-2006, 20:58:33

Raging
that is a good reveiw bro

reps for you!

might have to get me one of these soon for my 7800gt

cheers.Quote

12-04-2006, 21:11:27

NickS
Thnx, Raging

I'll try to post some 7900GT results in the review when my Dad's VF900-Cu arrives. He ordered one, and it should be here by Friday

NickQuote

12-04-2006, 23:12:21

WC Annihilus
Very nice review man, looks beastly One thing, you should include prices on the last page in $, Euro, GBP, AUD, w/e. Besides that though, niceQuote

13-04-2006, 01:58:07

youpla
Nice review and very good product indeed. Zalman is obviously making quality products. I owned the Fatality version of the VF700 before I switched to W/C and it was doing an excellent job cooling my 7800GT.

I bet that the 900 would be my choice if I had to move back to air cooling at the moment.

One thing I would just like to add is that although Zalman has good products, their customer support is extremly poor not to say inexistant!!! I bought a lot of their products, including the VF700, Reserator 1 Plus, fans etc...

I have tried to contact their support center by emails several times, without any answers. Posted in their support forum without any answers too. Many users on their support forum have been reporting this absence of support has well... And not to mention that a couple of weeks ago the support forum went down and has now totally disappeared from their website!

Just thought it was worth mentioning Quote

13-04-2006, 04:02:03

JN
Top review mate, very easy reading. I'm impressed.

Only small gripe is that it might have been better to take some of those pictures on a white background, as a couple are quite dark.

Apart from that, A+++ Quote
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