Zalman VF3000N VGA cooler review
Posted by Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 04/14/2010 01:00 PM [ 0 comment(s) ]
So our test subject of today is a BFG GeForce GTX 285 OCX. OCX is short for overclocking extreme, we picked this card as it should run a little warmer. To be able to mount it with the new cooler we need to strip the card naked to the PCB completely.
To remove the cooler simply take a mini-Philips screwdriver (can be found in any hardware or tools shop). Remove all the screws and be careful here as they can be locked really tight. For the GTX 285 also make note of the fact that at the frontside, where the connectors are, two screws need to be removed as well.
Once all screws are removed we gently squeeze and twist the cooler a little until it breaks loose from the GPU, where it's nearly glued shut with a lot of thermal paste.
We have now stripped the PCB clear. It's time to clean up the residual Thermal paste. Make sure you remove any residual TIM from GPU, memory, IO chip and VRMs. And be careful!
Zalman recently released their VF3000 series graphics card coolers for both (VF3000A) ATI's latest 4000/5000 series graphics cards and the VF3000N cooler for the GeForce GTX 260,275,280 and 285.So what we'll do today is that we'll take a nifty beefy BFG GeForce GTX 285. To spice things up a little we took the pre-overclocked OCX model, which is their highest clocked version available on the market. So if you are gutsy enough to strip down the graphics card to the bare PCB and then mount this cooler, then you can achieve temperatures that are much lower than say the roughly 80 degrees C temps we get from this card normally.