ZEROtherm Nirvana NV120 Premium CPU cooler
Posted by: Mac on: 01.09.2008 00:00:00 [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]
Opening the box for the ZEROtherm Nirvana NV120 Premium we find the contents protected from damage / dust by a vac formed plastic inner packaging. Before looking at the cooler Iíll take a look at the accessories. The ďmanualĒ is a single sheet of paper, printed in several languages, which covers the installation procedure in pictorial as well as written instructions. As installation manuals go its not the best I have seen but perfectly adequate.
Next we have the retention mechanisms, as seems the norm these days the Intel set-up will require the motherboard to be removed to fit the back plate, which has insulation / protective backing pre-fitted. The AMD mechanism uses the stock motherboard retention clip. There is also a bag of screws for fitting the appropriate retention clip and some double-sided foam pads for mounting the fan controller inside the case, which would mean you set it and forget it, not my personal preference I must admit.
The fan controller is next, the length of wire on it is ample and could mean you could route it outside of the case which would allow for some flexibility of fan speed i.e. ramp it up when gaming / number crunching, slow it down when doing less intensive stuff, surfing the net, listening to music etc when the noise of a fan could potentially be annoying.
The fan speed is simply controlled by a knob akin to a volume control, letís hope it doesnít act like a volume control too much.
Lastly before moving onto the Nirvana NV120 Premium is the thermal compound, which you get a generous amount of.
The Zerotherm Nirvana NV120 Premium is an impressive looking cooler, just about every surface shines like a mirror. It is fitted with a 120mm fan so hopefully should cool well and not need to be turned up too far, thus potentially making it too noisy.
Moving around to the rear of the Zerotherm Nirvana NV120 Premium we can see the fins are quite thin, meaning they should conduct heat quite well and they are split and raised in the middle third to cause a kind of honeycomb. I assume this is to aid cooling somehow.
The top of the Zerotherm Nirvana NV120 Premium gives the first real clue to the quality of finish on it as it shows the mirror like finish. We also see the tips of the heat pipes. The shape of the fins does offer some protection to the fan but for the most part it is exposed, it will be in a case though so this isnít an issue really.
Onto the business end of the cooler I was a little surprised to see there was no kind of cover for the CPU contact area of the Zerotherm Nirvana NV120 Premium. The surface is, as per the rest of the cooler, finished to a mirror like state and whilst it isnít perfect it is pretty flat. Ok letís get it fitted and do some testing.
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