Date: January 9th, 2005
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Zalman USA
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The box provides quite a bit of information about fitment and performance. Quoting the box information, “In a comparative test under the same congitions between the VGA stock cooler and the FS-V7, the FS-v7 maintains a 9~13C lower VGA Chipset temperature and a 14~18C lower VGA RAM temperature.” This is an impressive claim, and we'll see whether it holds up a little later.
The back of the box lists the features and specifications as well as a short blurb about Fatal1ty himself.
Inside the box, there's a multi-language manual and a plastic, clamshell-style package that, while providing protection to the components during shipping, is very easily opened to get at the contents.
Mr. Bones has graciously agreed to help me with this article, and clockwise from his left we have the cooler itself, a bag containing the installation hardware and thermal compound, the multi-connector and the ramsinks.
PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
Construction of the FS-V7 is similar to Zalman's other flower-type VGA coolers. It's an all-copper heatsink with a deep red (anodized perhaps?) finish on the fins. The 80mm fan has a translucent hub and blades to take advantage of the red LEDs incorporated into the design. The fan-tail has a generous length and terminates in a 3-pin female connector.