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