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Written by Bruce Normann   
Friday, 10 September 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
Zalman VF3000A VGA Cooler
Features and Specifications
Closer Look: ZALMAN VF3000A
ZALMAN VF3000A Detailed Features
ZALMAN VF3000A Installation
Cooler Testing Methodology
VGA Cooler Test Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

ZALMAN VGA Cooler Features

Material in this section is based on data supplied by Zalman Tech Co. Ltd.

  • Powerful Cooling Performance - Utilizing Zalman's latest IHD (Interactive Heat Transfer Design) technology, the high performance two-way heatpipes optimize heat transfer and dissipation area for powerful cooling performance.
  • Ultra Quiet Design - Optimized for high performance during quiet operation, the heatsink incorporates a switching noise eliminated high capacity dual 92mm fan for intensified cooling performance and minimized noise.
  • Excellent Peripheral Component Cooling - The dual 92mm fans cool not only the heatsink and VGA RAM, but all other peripheral components surrounding the VGA chipset.
  • Ultra Quiet 92mm Blue LED Dual Fans - The dual ultra quiet 92mm fans deliver minimized noise and feature blue LEDs to heighten the cool aesthetics.
  • High Performance Super Thermal Grease ZM-STG2M - Included high performance super thermal grease ZM-STG2M maximizes heat transfer from the GPU to the base of VF3000N for intensified cooling performance.
  • Adjustable Fan Speed Controller - FAN MATE 2, an adjustable fan speed controller, is included for performance and noise level setting according to your preference.

VF3000A Specifications

  • Brand: ZALMAN
  • Model: VF3000A
  • Compatibility: ATI Radeon HD5830, HD5850 and HD5870.
  • Fan Bearing Type: EBR Bearing
  • Fan RPM: 1300 - 2500 RPM ± 10 %
  • Noise Level: 18 - 32 dBA ± 10 %
  • Fan Color: Transparent
  • Heatsink Material: Aluminum & Copper
  • Fan Dimensions 92 x 92 x 15 mm
  • Heatsink Dimensions 239 x 98 x 51 mm
  • Weight 430g
  • Manufacturer Warranty
    • Parts: 1 year limited
    • Labor: 1 year limited

VGA Cooler Compatability

ATI Radeon models:

  • HD 5870
  • HD 5850
  • HD 5830

Enough about the specs, I'm sure what you really want to do is take a closer look at this cooler. Then you'll want to look at our test results, for sure. Keep clicking next, and you'll find what you need.



 

Comments 

 
# Good coolerpitne 2010-09-10 13:57
I have a GTX 480 AMP! Edition and it has a cooler that looks very similar to this one. It's amazing how quiet and cool it runs the card compared to the stock cooler. I'm very happy with it
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# Thanks for the info....BruceBruce 2010-09-10 15:13
You're right, that is an OEM version of the Zalman VF3000 cooler on the Zotac AMP! edition GTX480. It does a very nice job with that GPU as well. I think the contact block was designed with the GTX480 integrated heat spreader in mind, as it's much larger than is needed for the ATI Radeon chips.
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# RE: Zalman VF3000A VGA CoolerMike T. 2010-09-21 10:40
Is there one for GTX 460, if yes where can i get one
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# Yes, the V3000FBruceBruce 2010-09-21 11:12
So far, they only have one for the GTX 480/470/465 card series.
The second "F" in VF3000F stands for Fermi. I can't find it in distribution in North America, but it is for sale in Asia right now.

I don't see the need for it on the GTX 460, personally. If you want the best OEM cooling for that chip, buy the MSI Hawk.
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# RE: Yes, the V3000FMike T. 2010-09-23 15:03
Thanks, MSI Hawk, any venders in mind.
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# Newegg in the USA/CAN regionBruceBruce 2010-09-23 17:52
I'm personally addicted to Newegg, but that's just me....
Oh wait, I think there are thousands like me. LOL
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# vga cooleringorgio 2011-06-12 10:04
i have a xfx 5830 in stock cooler idle temperature ar 45 celsius load 89-90 celsius.
i purchaise zalman vf 3000 idle 25 celsius full load 45
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# RE: Zalman VF3000A VGA Cooleringorgio 2011-06-12 10:05
sorry for my english
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# Thanks for the infoBruce Bruce 2011-06-12 13:51
It's always gratifying to hear good feedback on items we've reviewed. I still use this cooler today on a HD 5870. It runs quiet and cool!
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# Zalman VF3000A VGA CoolerSoty 2012-01-22 09:06
There is a way to connect the fans to the vga and let it be controled by MSI afterbourner or EVGA and stuff like that? pls need to know that!!!
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# Yes, but....Bruce 2012-01-22 16:17
At a minimum, you will have to install new connectors on the fan leads. Plus the video card has to have the right type of power supply for the fans. If the video card has a PWM-type fan controller, it probably won't work with the Zalman, which has only three connections: Ground, +DC, Tachometer.

Not saying it can't be done, but it's not a job for the inexperienced. OTOH, you know there's only one way to get experience... [%^D
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