Date: December 17th, 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 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 6817 square centimeters or 1050 square inches. That is a lot of area to get rid of heat from only one processor. In my honest opinion, this cooler is so large, I bet you theoretically it has enough surface area to cooler two or even more processors. The fan should have no sweat getting rid of the heat being radiated from such a large area.
Speaking of the fan, the 120mm fan is not 4pin PWN speed controlled other than when you choose to override the speed through the provided Fan Mate 2 controller. At its lowest speed it spins at 700rpm and is undetectable and at full speed it is 1400rpm and only 26dBa. To my ears, even 26dBa is silent. Settling for the fastest speed would not even be detected once this cooler was installed in a decent well made case.