ZEROtherm Nirvana NV120 Premium CPU cooler
Posted by: Mac on: 01.09.2008 00:00:00 [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]
There is no doubt about it the Zerotherm Nirvana NV120 Premium is a very capable CPU cooler. Unfortunately in some set-ups it would seem extra chipset cooling maybe required if running it on low speed permanently. It looks the part with its blue led’s and mirror finish on just about every surface and, to an extent, it performs as good as it looks. For £34 it’s about middle of the range price wise as it’s not the cheapest of coolers but then it is by no means the most expensive, I would wager its probably mixing it up with the big boys in terms of performance for a fraction of the cost, it probably wouldn’t compete in terms of noise though as with the fan on maximum speed it is definitely audible. So if you aren’t too bothered about a bit of fan noise then you could certainly do a lot worse, turn the fan down to about half and its almost inaudible, if this is your intention I would suggest you do a few tests and keep an eye on the system temperatures before leaving it set to a lowish speed.
I would have preferred to have seen it with a 4 pin fan on it that way the motherboard could have controlled it better than relying upon the human factor to remember to increase / decrease the fan speed as and when necessary. That said I tried removing the speed controller and plugged the fan directly into my motherboard and changed the setting in the bios for the CPU fan to “3 pin fan” in the hope that it would regulate the fan speed automatically….and it does so if you have this option, and I am not sure if this option is commonly available, I would recommend you use it that way too.
- Good cooling ability.
- Relatively easy to install for AMD users.
- Quiet at low speed.
- Turn the fan up and it cools the chipset well.
- Doesn’t cool PWMIC’s sufficiently at low fan speed.
- Intel users will need to remove the motherboard to fit, as seems the norm with aftermarket cooling.
Reality Check: It would have done better had it not failed the PWMIC cooling test at low speed. If you own a Phenom based set up then please check the temps of the PWMIC’s under load if leaving it set to a low speed. Get it set right and you won’t be disappointed. I know I keep banging on about the PWMIC cooling but with the bad hype just lately with the AMD Phenom motherboards, literally in some cases, going up in flames in some reviews under full load I really feel it is necessary to include this into the review. On an Intel setup, this of course would not be Problem.
Reviewed by Mac