Zalman VF3000N VGA cooler review
Posted by Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 04/14/2010 01:00 PM [ 0 comment(s) ]
Once we cleaned up the afore mentioned items we can now mount a RAM heatsink at any and all of the memory chips. Now this we show for demonstration only as we need to revert this card back to original once we finished the review. We didn't feel like breaking loose sixteen heatsinks from the memory in a later stage.
After the memory is done, next up are the VRMs take three long and two short heatsinks and stick them on there.
The last heatsink we need to secure is for the NVIO chip. Put a little drop of TIM on there and have a close look at the area marked in red. We take the heatsink and spring based screws, clip on one side of the heatsink and then suddenly I hear a very distinct sounds of something small dropping onto the table. Yep .. that can be only one thing ...
If you look to the left, that small part is a resistor that chipped off ...pressing down the NVIO heatsink puts pressure on one of the resistors (soldered) which actually broke loose.
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.