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Written by Olin Coles   
Thursday, 09 October 2008
Table of Contents: Page Index
Best CPU Cooler Performance - Q3 2008
Thermally Conductive Element Reference
Cooler Master Geminii S
Cooler Master V8
Coolink Silentator
Evercool Transformer 6
OCZ Gladiator Max
Thermaltake V14 Pro
Vantec AeroFlow FX 120
Xigmatek Apache EP-CD901
Xigmatek HDT-S1284
Zalman CNPS9300 AT
Zaward Gyre ZCJ010
TIM Application and Surface
Testing Methodology
Test Results: Stock Cooling Fan
Test Results: High-Output Fan
CPU Cooler Final Thoughts
Best of Q3 2008 Conclusion

Zaward Gyre ZCJ010

I almost feel sorry for Zaward, a Taiwan-based cooling products manufacturer. You see, Zaward was the first company to market and produce a product using the Heat-Pipe Direct Touch technology (HDT). Nevertheless, being the first doesn't always mean success is guaranteed; just ask Xigmatek, who followed the lackluster Zaward launch with their now legendary HDT-S1283. Benchmark Reviews has satisfied with the surprisingly good performance of the Zaward Sylphee ZCJ003 CPU Cooler, but when they released the VIVO PCJ004 our optimism waned. We will soon know if Zaward has rectified it's product performance with their latest edition: the Gyre ZCJ010.


The Gyre CPU cooler uses the familiar three- 8mm copper 'U'-shaped heat-pipe design seen in many other products, such as the OCZ Vendetta 2 OCZTVEND2. However, it's everything above the heatsink base that changes. To begin with, the Gyre expands the finsink real-estate to 120mm x 120mm, and twists them a half-turn into a screw shape. A plastic shroud encloses the Gyre, ensuring that air is forced directly down to the base of the unit.

The 120mm cooling fan is one of Zawards specialty "Golf" fan styles, and moves plenty of air without the noise associated with most higher-volume units. For our tests we utilized the stock Golf fan, and later replaced it with our Yate Loon D12SH-12 high-output fan.

One nice feature to note is that the Zaward Gyre comes standard with a bolt-through kit identical to the Xigmatek Crossbow mounting system. Using a long Philips-head screwdriver, the Gyre is mounted by turning the bolts through holes in the heatsink fins.


Gyre Features

  • Heat transfer accelerated by exposed and flattened heatpipes in direct touch with CPU surface.
  • Triple Ø8mm Copper heatpipes rapidly absorb heat from CPU to fins.
  • Mega aluminum heatsink provides large surface for heat dissipation and light weighted
  • Diverting blades, build flowing circle throughout fins and ferry the heat away.
  • Large heatsink Cover, enforce airflow blow through whole heatsink.
  • Sophisticated flowing design, maximize airflow and efficiently take away heat.
  • Down-blow turbo-airflow, cool components surrounded CPU as well.
  • PWM FAN maximize cooling performance and minimize noise.
  • Chic transparent black cover and fan design with blue LED differs from others.

ZCJ010 Specifications

  • Product Dimensions: (LxWxH) 124x124x137± 1mm
  • Material: Copper heatpipe / Aluminum Base / Aluminum fins
  • Heatpipe: Copper Φ8mm x 3pcs
  • Weight (Net): 640 ± 20g
  • Fan
    • Fan Dimensions: 120x120x25mm
    • Bearing type: Sleeve Bearing
    • Fan Speed: 1000 ±300rpm ~ 2000 ±300rpm PWM
    • Max. Air Flow: 76.3 CFM
    • Noise Level: 19~32 dBA
    • Rated Voltage 12V DC
    • Life expectancy 26,000 Hours


About the company:ZAWARD Logo ZAWARD

Zaward Corporation was founded in 1996 as the sole worldwide agent of Globefan Technology Co., Ltd., one of the leading manufacturers of DC fans that has been established since 1986 in Taiwan to provide major personal computer power supply companies with the best quality products.

For their efforts over the decade, the company has built their reliable reputation and gained clients' trust on her high standard of engineering and well-developed quality control system. As the company grew, it put together a thermal solutions R&D team and started work on big OEM projects primarily for German and Japanese electrical companies. With full support from Globefan, the company has consistently met the strict demands of its customers.

While technology is progressing rapidly, reduction in costs are always called for. Due to market changes, the company has decided to promote their own products. In 2005, Zaward & Globefan setup the new R&D center and thermal solutions lab in Taipei, Taiwan for OEM customized projects as well as for its own product development. At the same time, the new noise lab and wind tunnel have been installed in the China factory to fulfill our research and development for high technology, and more advanced products. Meanwhile, to have the complete test equipment for more strict quality control and application purpose.


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