Summary: The VF3000 marks the first dual-fan VGA cooler for Zalman, whose past products typically incorporated a single fan into a radial fin array. Since the debut of the VF1000 the fin area has gotten progressively larger and more rectangular, taking advantage of the full length of most high-end video cards surface area. With other manufacturers also using this design, like the
, it is good to see Zalman finally adopt the same strategy.
Conclusion: The Zalman VF3000A performed well in temperature tests, equaling the PowerColor and ASUS V2 cooling solutions. Both of these cards got high marks as OEM attempts at improving upon the reference design, and the Zalman easily beat both of them when fan speeds were low. At full fan speed, the ASUS cooled down the GPU about 4C lower, but at a horrible cost in noise. The Zalman excelled in the noise department, both in volume and tone.
Pros: Very quiet design, Excellent cooling performance, Improved MOSFET cooling, Top-grade TIM is included, Quality construction everywhere, Lower weight than some competitors-430g, Combined fan wiring with tach output, We love red anodized aluminum
Cons: Wider than standard dual-slot coolers, Crossfire compatibility issue on some motherboards, Not readily modified with different fans, Loss of automatic fan control
Summary: The Zalman VF3000A has a good price tag, being actually cheaper than the
. Its installation is also very simple and its looks great. The set of memory and VRM transistor heatsinks is not as complete as the one we found with the
, but does the job cooling them, because the fans push air into the board.
However, besides not removing the hot air from the case, it has some other drawbacks. First, it is not as quiet as the
Excerpt: Lo Zalman VF3000A è uno tra i migliori dissipatori per Schede Video attualmente in commercio. Questo modello è compatibile con le AMD Radeon HD5870/5850/5830. Lo abbiamo testato per voi su una HD5870.