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Zalman VF3000F Dual Turbine VGA Cooler Review

It took me a bit, but I finally got around to asking Zalman for the VF3000F Dual Turbine VGA Cooler for my GTX 470. Stick around and see how well it does!

| Video Card Colers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Aug 3, 2011 3:07 pm
TweakTown Rating: 85%Manufacturer: Zalman

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Introduction

 

To be quite honest with you, the last time I used Zalman products to cool my graphics cards was back when it was the hip thing to turn the mundane X800GTO into the X850XTPE. Back then coolers were much smaller, but even so, Zalman seemed to be ahead of the game as far as what coolers offered the best bang for the buck. This is back when taking a VF700, or for a little more money, you could get the VF900 and really open the cards up in overclocking and overvolting potential. Heck, I even stripped my VF900 off the X800 and moved it over to my X1950PRO and it was more than capable for that card as well.

 

As you can see, I missed the usage of quite a few of Zalman's coolers since then. Since, they have released coolers like the VFN100 and the VF1000 coolers that likely were the beginnings of this new samples life. Now Zalman has also kept within the same idea as the VF700 and VF900 coolers, and they evolved into coolers like the VF950 and VF2000. As with any manufacturer, they have to start somewhere and build from there. From what I can remember with the coolers that helped make Zalman the company it is today, they were top notch for the money that was required.

 

If you went and checked the coolers I had just mentioned, you can see that Zalman offers essentially two styles of coolers. There are the round and compact coolers and then there are the long rectangular style. The cooler we are about to get up close and personal with follows the lines of the longer rectangular cooler, but unlike the older versions which came with either one fan or no fan at all, this newer version is actively cooled with a pair of fans. This is why Zalman named this new VGA cooler the "VF3000F Dual Turbine VGA Cooler". Memories are one thing and mine of Zalman are good, but let's snap back to reality and get the VF300F mounted to the GTX 470 so we can see just how well it does!

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