Date: December 24th, 2009
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Zalman USA
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PRODUCT WALKTHROUGH & PICTORIAL
So let's briefly walk through this product.
Starting from the bottom and moving up, we first set our eyes on the nickel plated pure copper base and the five attached 8mm heatpipes. That is two more than what I see attached to most other popular coolers on the market today. More heatpipes mean a faster ability to extract heat from the processor surface and thus allowing the large amount of surface area to dissipate it through the fan's airflow.
A lot of coolers I personally have reviewed previously for some reason didn't have a smooth surface for better contact between the cooler and the processor heatspreader. Some marketing people even tried to state that having ridges on the lower cooler surface really didn't affect the cooling ability. But you and I know better than this.
Taking one look at the photo above will show you how a surface should be prepared. This has to be one of the best finest polishing jobs I have ever seen on a processor cooler base. I could shave in my reflection if I needed to. The polish is nothing less than a mirror finish.
The heatsink has a tremendous amount of surface area which measures in at 8544 square centimeters or 1325 square inches. That is a lot of area to get rid of heat from only one processor. This cooler has about 20% more cooling area than the Quiet version and should be able to handle any processor whether overclocked or stock for quite some time. At a total measured weight of 942g or over two pounds, this cooler is no joke.
Speaking of the fan, the 120mm blue LED fan can be 4pin PWN speed controlled or you can choose to override the speed through the integrated Fan Mate controller. At its lowest speed it spins at 1000rpm and is undetectable and at full speed it is 2150rpm and 39dBa. To my ears, even 39dBa was not that bad for a cooler being ramped up to full speed. No airflow numbers were provided but I would have to estimate the maximum airflow to be easily over 40cfm during full speed operation.