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Written by Olin Coles   
Thursday, 20 September 2007
Table of Contents: Page Index
Zaward VIVO PCJ004 Exposed Copper Heatpipe CPU Cooler
Closer Look: Zaward VIVO
Details: PCJ004 HDT Cooler
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Zaward VIVO HDT PCJ004

Heatpipes have not been an integrated part of the CPU heatsink for very long now, but the tall design with a fan fixed to the front has already been done several times over. Copper heatpipes, and later copper bases, helped reach the coolest temperatures available from air cooling, but enthusiasts didn't have to wait long for the next advancement. The newly popular Heatpipe Direct Touch "technology", a design created by Zaward, has proven itself effective in our review of the Xigmatek HDT-S1283 Exposed Copper Heatpipe CPU Cooler which "borrowed" from Zaward's design.

Many manufacturers search out designs that will help them develop a product known for extraordinary performance. Benchmark Reviews has already reviewed many of the very best CPU coolers available to enthusiasts, from the very unique and original design of the Zaward Sylphee ZCJ003 CPU Cooler to the oversized Thermaltake MaxOrb CL-P0369 CPU Cooler. Not long ago, we even reviewed the Ultra ULT33186 Chilltec TEC CPU Cooler which combined three different cooling technologies into one solution. All of these products performed very well, but none of them really set itself apart from the pack. In this review we will test the Zaward VIVO PCJ004 Exposed Copper Heatpipe Direct Touch CPU cooler against a field of top competitors.

Zaward VIVO PCJ004 Exposed Copper Heatpipe CPU Cooler

Ideally every CPU cooler should perform well, which most do. But in the age of advertising and marketing, consumers are easily mislead into believing a product will perform well just because of the company branding it. I have reviewed some very nice coolers over the summer by some of the most well known names in the industry; only to be let down by their claims of premium performance. Well, to be honest, prior to this summer I had never heard of Zaward before; but their Sylphee CPU cooler was quite impressive. Now a few months later Benchmark Reviews has the opportunity to showcase their crown jewel.

Zaward Corporation, a professional thermal provider aims to create best product to user's demand. Today it brings a radically invention "VIVO" to contradict the stereotype that Water cooling performs superior
than Air cooling solution. VIVO, Zaward's latest CPU Cooler, is a superb Air cooling solution, featuring intelligent soldering free heatpipe direct touch design, allows immediate heat conductivity from CPU to 3 high transmitted U shape heatpipes connected with high density fins for ultimate heat dissipation. Chic cover design, perfect combination of white cover, Golf fan and black mesh, creating Jil Sander's understated and sleek design concept in PC industry. Super value saving dual golf fans, gorgeous streamline design, optimized fan speed in 2000rpm, one to blow in, another to suck out, reinforce extreme push to accelerate optimum cooling efficiency under extremely quiet operation! Support universal clips in Intel LGA775; AMD's 754/939/940, AM2, easy installation and user's friendly. Bonus Zaward thermal grease enhances thermal efficiency. VIVO outperforms any Air cooling products and operates equal to Water cooling ones. A second to none CPU cooler and surely the best choice!

Just a moment here... Zaward claims that the VIVO outperforms any air cooling product? That sure seems bold; perhaps too bold! Well, I'm always a bit skeptical, especially when the marketing spin is soaked with Engrish. But around here we like to let the products prove themselves worthy; and any manufacturer who makes a claim like this had better be sure that their little precious can put up a fight!

Zaward VIVO PCJ004 Exposed Copper Heatpipe CPU Cooler

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.

Zaward VIVO PCJ004 Exposed Copper Heatpipe CPU Cooler

Features

  • Intelligent and soldering free heatpipe direct touch base!
  • 3 high transmitted U Shape heatpipes for repaid heat dissipation.
  • Chic cover design, outstanding and differentiation from others.
  • Dual 92mm round Golf fans with optimized fan speed boost powerful cooling performance dramatically, meanwhile, extremely silent!
  • Conquer any current Air cooling solution and performance equal to Water cooling ones.
  • Universal clips, Intel LGA775; AMD's 754/939/940, AM2. Easy installation and user's friendly.
  • Bonus Zaward thermal grease enhances thermal efficiency!

Specifications

Application Socket CPU (Max.130W)
Intel 775 Core 2 Extreme Kentsfiled XE series
Core 2 Quad Kentsfield series
Core 2 Duo Allendale series
Core 2 Duo Conroe series
Core 2 Extreme Conroe XE series
Pentium 4 Prescott series
Celeron D series
AMD AM2 Sempron series
Athlon 64 series
Athlon 64 X2 series
Athlon 64 FX-62 series
940 Sempron series
Athlon 64 series
939 Athlon 64x2 series
Athlon 64 FX-62 series
Athlon 64x2 series
Opteron series
Product Dimension LxWxH=120.7x98.0x151.0+/-1mm
Material Copper Heatpipe base & Aluminum fin
Heatpipe Copper ø6mm x 3 pcs
Weight (NET) 500±20g
Fan Dimension ø92x25mm
Bearing Type Sleeve Bearing
Fan Speed 2,000rpm ± 10%
Air Flow 37.61CFM
Noise Level 24.7dBA
Max.Rated Current 12VDC
Life expectancy 26,000 hours



 

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