So I got the Zalman VF3000F from Wolve at a very generous R100 for my GTX 580. I wasn't really looking for a cooler, but when he said I can have it for R100 I thought, why not. The GTX 580 I bough second hand had a very ugly stock cooler anyway, and half of the sticker was loose.
Ok so I wasn't really planning on posting much, so I did not take foto's at all. So here is what the cooler consists of before install:
Only one heatsink included, depends what version you are buying.
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Anyway installment was more than easy enough. Yes it does take time, but installing a VGA aftermarket cooler always does. Usually it's quite fun, especially when there are no hassles. This installment was 100% hassle free. Also, it's a looker. So after the installment you cannot help but smile.
Anyway, so I ran a few tests. It's just 2 games that I tested on and yes it's the only 2 games that I play at the moment. Some information you need to know about the benches:
- 20 - 21 degrees celcius room temp
- Stock cooler was running on a profile, Dota 2 reached 76% fan speed and Guild Wars 2 reached 83% (2% off max speed)
- Zalman Low Fan = 40ish, Med = 60ish, High = 80ish percent fan speed
- Stock cooler had side panel fan sucking air onto the GFX where as the Zalman is running with the fan off (too lazy to plug it in). So the Zalman has a slight disadvantage going into the benchies
- Voltage upped from 1 to 1.1, clocks @ 920/1150. So yes, the card is overclocked
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Anyway the improvement made me more than happy enough. I decided to run the card at med fan speed as it does more than a good enough job and the fans are still soft enough for me not to hear them. At high speeds the cooler was almost as load as the stock cooler at load. Damn the stock cooler was a bit too loud, so glad about not having to hear that fan noise while under load.
All in all I am very happy. No more noise to bother me, a better looking gfx and cool temps. Couldn't have spent the R100 better.