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Written by Olin Coles   
Friday, 09 October 2009
Table of Contents: Page Index
Best CPU Cooler Performance LGA1366 Q3-2009
Thermally Conductive Element Reference
Cogage TRUE Spirit
CoolAge CA-X120TF Wind Tunnel
Corsair H50 CWCH50
Scythe Kabuto SCKBT-1000
Scythe Mugen 2 SCMG-2000
Tuniq Tower-120 Extreme
ZEROtherm Nirvana NV120 PWM Premium
Cooler Surface Preparations
Cooler Test Methodology
Test Results: Stock Cooling Fan
Test Results: High-Output Fan
Enthusiast Fan Comparison
CPU Cooler Final Thoughts
Best CPU Cooler Conclusion

ZEROtherm Nirvana NV120 PWM Premium

The ZEROtherm Nirvana NV120 Premium is the embodiment of everything effective from cooler designs, taking only what works and combining it into a package product that tames the most unique hardcore system. The Apack ZEROtherm Nirvana NV120 Premium is identical to the Nirvana NV120 PWM, sharing identical construction and design. Aluminum fins surround the sides of an embedded 120mm fan, and the uneven pattern of each aluminum fin plate creates a Honeycomb structure for optimized air flow. Four heat-pipe rods span from up in a traditional 'U' tower design, with each of the four heat-pipe ends running directly behind the airflow path of the next. The fan uses the Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) to control rotational speed, and operates between 900-1800RPM.

The ZEROTherm NV120 features a bolt-through mounting clip system, which fits all Intel LGA775/LGA1366 sockets, as well as AMD 939/940/AM2?AM2+/AM3 sockets. The ZEROTherm website claims that the Nirvana NV120 is not compatible with Intel 1156/478/771/603/604 and AMD Socket 754/F/A motherboards, which is unfortunate for legacy hardware users. As of October 2009 the ZEROtherm Nirvana NV120 was available at NewEgg for $49.99.


ZEROtherm Nirvana Features

  • Effective 8-line Heat-pipe design
  • Honeycomb structure for optimized air flow. More than 6,748 §² heat dissipation area
  • 120mm fan for max. air-flow (up to 84.7 CFM)
  • Manual fan speed Controller Adapted
  • Polished NI-Plated Copper Base
  • Supports Latest Intel & AMD CPUs

NV120 PWM Specifications

Dimensions 128 X 95 X 150 mm (5.04 X 3.74 X 5.83 inch)
Weight 638g (Without Components)
Matreials Base Pure Copper
Heat pipe Pure Copper
Fin Cr/Ni Plated Alunium
Heat Dissipation Area 6,748 cm÷ (1,046 inch÷)
Cooling Capacity Over 150W
Fan Size 120 X 25 mm (4.72 X 0.98 inch) With 2 Blue LEDs
Fans Speed 1,000 ~ 2,300 rpm (¡¾ 10%)
Acoustic Noise

19 ~ 39 dBA (¡¾ 10%)

Bearing Type

UFO Bearing

Operating Voltage

5.0 ~ 13.8 VDC

Airflow Rate Max. 84.7 CFM
Fan Controller Range 5.0 ~ 11.5V
Installation Place it anywhere using the 4pcs of mounting tape
Extension Cable 1,000mm (39.37 inch)


About Apack, Inc.

ZEROTherm is the cooling product brand name owned by APack, Inc.

The name ZEROTherm was christened by Dr. Song, our CEO and lifelong engineer. For our first product he said, "With our first retail product we need exceed expectations, so make it happen." While ZEROTherm represented our engineering goal to build a competitive cooler, our design point was that we were to use our first product as a "first flight" into the retail market. Of course, we've done one-of-a-kind thermal cooling solutions that had exact specs to meet and restrictions to consider, so we wanted to include a design that expressed our own craftsmanship as well.

So the butterfly design was to be incorporated into our first product because it represents our first flight into the retail market, but also like a butterfly, our company APACK was changing from a very comfortable OEM market to the very open world-wide market.

Of course every product can be better and it's something that we are working hard on, but maybe people will not understand the butterfly design or be critical of it. But for us, it was part of an effort to show our ability in design as well as in engineering. We hope that all ZEROtherm products can show our commitment to engineering value in price, design and performance. ZEROtherm is committed to try everyday not to just meet your expectations, but to put all our efforts into exceeding them.



# March 11th cooler article?Hugo Martinez 2010-03-11 22:26
Where I am, it's March 12th. I've been looking forward to your March 11th "Q1-2010 Best CPU Cooler Performance LGA1366" article that was scheduled for March 11th. Is it already up but I'm too blind to find it? Or are you running late?

I need to buy a cooler but I promised myself to wait until I read the report.

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# Worth the waitOlin Coles 2010-03-12 07:39
Hello Mr. Martinez:

This article has grown much larger than first planned, and is expected to be published later this afternoon (3/12). It's worth the wait! :)
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# Hope it is worth the waitRaul Tano 2010-03-12 15:40
I'm in the same boat as Mr. Martinez. I eagerly await the article.
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# DiamondsJava_Az 2010-05-24 10:43
although Diamond is a polymorph of the element carbon.Diamond conducts heat better than anything - five times better than the second best element, Silver! I wonder what a diamond heatsink would set you back
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# MikeMichael 2010-09-26 09:34
Diamond only conducts heat in such a manner when it's aligned properly - therefore, you must grow a diamond, or fashion a diamond into a heatsink - you cannot combine diamonds as they would not match in alignment on the molecular level. This means you would need to start with a massive diamond.
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# wrong specificationjason 2010-08-10 13:19
Editors, can you correct the weight in the above specifications?
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# RE: wrong specificationOlin Coles 2010-08-10 13:20
Be more specific, and list your source.
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# RE: wrong specificationsjason 2010-08-12 01:41

SCMG-2000 Specifications
Weight: 870 g
30.7 lb

It should be 30.7oz.
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# RE: wrong specificationsjason 2010-08-11 11:08
Sorry I was talking about the specifications of SCMG-2000.
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# Can Mugen 2 fit in ThermaltakeV3 BE or Cooler Master 430 elite?Deen 2011-02-26 12:52
Can Mugen 2 fit in ThermaltakeV3 BE or Cooler Master 430 elite?
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