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Written by Olin Coles   
Wednesday, 06 January 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
Best CPU Cooler Performance AMD Socket AM3 Preview
Thermally Conductive Element Reference
Scythe Kabuto SCKBT-1000
Scythe Mugen-2 SCMG-2000
Spire TherMax II
Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme
Xigmatek Thor's Hammer
ZEROtherm Nirvana NV120 PWM Premium
Cooler Surface Preparations
Cooler Test Methodology
Test Results: Stock Cooling Fan
Test Results: High-Output Fan

ZEROtherm Nirvana NV120 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.



# RE: Best CPU Cooler Performance AMD Socket AM3 PreviewTFT 2010-02-17 17:11
Elements Thermal Conductance Research has not completed yet.
It lack the elements release rate into the air when heat stop provided to the element.
Nor has the chill factor when contacted with a reference element/cooper.
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# PaulyPaul Letteri 2010-03-12 05:29
Hello It would be most helpfull of listing what motherboards would work with these based on experience and feedback. also the dimentions espially from the mount to under the 1st fin for many of us with denominator type memory have problems with clearance .
I would also like to mention I have a 770usb3 Gigabyte board and it is very disturbing that their engineers did not give a least 65mm from center of the cpu for the % is very high for coolers with 120mm fans
especially for over clockers such as myself. thank you and good work on your testing reports , Paul.
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