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Compared to the GeForce GTX 480 that prefaced it, the GTX 580 became a card that proved NVIDIA's determination to make sure its cards don't overheat. While it took no effort to see the GTX 480 reach 95 C or higher, the GTX 580's improved power architecture made sure it never got much higher than 80 C. A major improvement if there ever was one. But while manageable, 80 C temps might not be ideal for those who have their PC in a room that's notoriously warm (*raises hand*), are using a small chassis, or can't stand the noticeable whine that can emit from a card like the GTX 580 during a gaming session. Again, where noise is concerned, NVIDIA improved the GTX 580 over the 480 quite a bit, but at full load, you'll easily hear it above every other component inside your PC. Somewhat surprisingly, there isn't a huge market for GPU coolers, and at one popular e-tailer, there's a mere 50 available (compared to the 200 or so CPU coolers), and of those, 15 belong to Zalman. It's clear that the company takes GPU cooling seriously, so we look forward to seeing what the VF3000F is capable of. Before diving in, I should mention that I took a look at a near-identical Zalman GPU cooler last fall. Dubbed the VF3000N, that cooler worked with older GeForce models, and required a lot more effort to install.
Zalman certainly needs no introduction as a leader of aftermarket cooling applications for processors, notebooks, and graphics cards. With the release of the VF3000 series, high end gaming graphics cards are center stage; NVidia's 400 series and AMD's 5000 are countered with a VF3000F and VF3000A respectively. Additionally a VF3000 N was released to support the majority of NVidia's 200 series single gpu cards. The sample we will be looking at today is the VF3000F for the GTX 480/470/465. I'm anxious to see how well this aftermarket cooler can hold up and if Zalman holds up to their promise of “Cool Innovations” or just blend in with the competition. Let's find out as we examine the VF3000F from the inside out and give it an opportunity to show up the competition. Zalman tech co., Ltd. was founded in 1999 and introduced to the computer industry the concept of “Noiseless computing.” In a world filled with noisy computers, “silent” cooling solutions were sought everywhere and contributed to Zalman's rapid growth into the world's leader of high performance, ultra quiet PC cooling solutions. Zalman continues to lead in the industry through decisive R&D investments, peerless craftsmanship, intensive global marketing, and generous customer support.
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