Zalman VF1000 LED Video Card Cooler Review

Cooling/VGA & Other Cooling by geoffrey @ 2007-10-22

Zalman is an industry pioneer when it comes down to cooling heated computer electronics, affecting the total system temperature and noise level in a design-friendly solution has been their marketing strategy for few years now. Their latest product is the Zalman VF1000 LED, a dual slot heatsink/fan video card cooling device with high compatibility in mind, a perfect challenge for 2007´s most popular video card the NVIDIA´s 8800 GTS. Curious? Read on.

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The installation procedure can be tricky sometimes and certainly needs some attention. The VF1000 wasn't really a challenge for me to get it fixed on my video card, none the less I did spend around 1h before I actually got my card ready for action. Most time was not spent on installing the VF1000 though; the PWM/memory heatsinks drew most of my intention as I had to replace their adhesive tapes. The manual provides clear instructions how to mount the VF1000 in a proper way, though non-experienced users might have some problems fitting the heatsink because of the springs which are needed for a proper installation. Springs always tend to jump away if you can't get the bolt screwed on from the first time, this sometimes can lead to frustrating installing procedures. On the other hand, the installation mechanism needs to remain as small as possible in order to get two video cards installed in one pc without the mounting mechanism of one card blocking the fan of the other card, and it is not really that hard to get the VF1000 LED installed in a proper way.

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The fin area is placed high enough to mount many different kind of memory/PWM cooling devices, though this also makes the VF1000 LED a dual slot cooling solution which not everybody is very keen on. On the other hand, bigger always tends to be better, and with today's computers having about everything on-board I can imagine some people questioning the negative points of dual slot heatsinks. For our Geforce 8800GTS it doesn't really matter, the card always has been a dual slot design.

As seen on previous page, the VF1000 LED features many different mounting mechanisms. This provides huge video card compatibility compared to competing products, here is a line-up:

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The FAN MATE 2 fan speed controller installed and worked without issues, only downside here is that you need at least one free 3-pins fan connector in your pc. On high-end boards this isn’t such a problem, though for cheap low-end components such connectors are a bit scarcer. Zalman didn't add a "molex to 3-pin fan" converter; still those things can be had at a very low price at a nearby computer shop.

Time to dive into the performance charts right, read on ->
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Comment from blind_ripper @ 2007/10/22
will it fit 2900's ? i dont read any thing about it in the review!
Comment from jmke @ 2007/10/22

ATI X1600 Series
ATI X1300 Series
ATI Radeon 9*** Series (except 9550/9600)
ATI Radeon X*** Series
NVIDIA Geforce4 MX Series
NVIDIA Geforce FX 5200
NVIDIA Geforce FX 5500
NVIDIA Geforce FX 5600(FX 5700)
NVIDIA Geforce 6600 Series (except 6600 AGP Series)
NVIDIA Geforce4 TI 4 Series
NVIDIA Geforce FX 5700(Ultra) Series
NVIDIA Geforce FX 5800 Series
NVIDIA Geforce 6600 Series (except 6600 AGP Series)
ATI X1650 Series
ATI X1600 Series
NVIDIA Geforce 8600 Series
NVIDIA Geforce 8500 Series
NVIDIA Geforce 7600 Series
NVIDIA Geforce 7300 Series
NVIDIA Geforce 6600 Series (except 6600 AGP Series)
NVIDIA Geforce FX 5900 Series
NVIDIA Geforce FX 5950 Series
ATI X1950 Series, ATI X1900 Series
ATI X1800 Series
NVIDIA Geforce 7950 Series
NVIDIA Geforce 7900 Series
NVIDIA Geforce 7600 Series
NVIDIA Geforce 7800 Series
NVIDIA Geforce 6800 Series
NVIDIA Geforce 8800 Series
Comment from geoffrey @ 2007/10/22
Page 3 talks about the installation procedure and compatibility