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Item#: N82E16835118011

ZALMAN FC - ZV9 2 Ball VGA Cooler

  • 1650-3600±10% RPM
  • Copper
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FC - ZV9


ATI X1600 Series
ATI X1300 Series
ATI Radeon 9*** Series (except 9550/9600)
ATI Radeon X*** Series
ATI X1900 Series
ATI X1800 Series
NVIDIA GeForce4 MX Series
NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200
NVIDIA GeForce FX 5500
NVIDIA GeForce FX 5600(FX 5700)
NVIDIA GeForce 6600 Series (except 6600 AGP Series)
NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4*** Series
NVIDIA GeForce FX 5700(Ultra) Series
NVIDIA GeForce FX 5800 Series
NVIDIA GeForce 7600 Series
NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 Series
NVIDIA GeForce FX 5950 Series
NVIDIA GeForce 7900 Series
NVIDIA GeForce 7800 Series (except 7800GS)
NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Series
Bearing Type
2 Ball
1650-3600±10% RPM
Noise Level
20-36.0±10% dBA
Fan Color
Heatsink Material

Physical Spec

Heatsink Dimensions
96 x 96 x 30mm


Pure copper heatsink base and fins maximize cooling performance.
Use of two high performance heatpipes maximizes heat transfer.
Circular heatsink formed by radially aligned ultra-thin(0.2mm) fins minimizes airflow resistance and maximizes heat dissipation surface area for excellent cooling performance.
Fast 80mm red LED fan cools not only the VGA chipset and VGA RAM, but all other VGA components.
Compact and light-weight design prevents physical stress on the graphic card.
Improvement in the installation structure provides excellent compatibility and easy installation.
Fan Mate 2 fan controller for fine adjustment between Quiet Mode and Performance Mode.

Incompatible VGA Cards
emTek GeForce 6600 HV6600GE2 SF 128MB
emTek HV GeForce 6600GE WoW Platinum2 128MB

Package Contents

Package Contents
Heatsink Assembly (FC-ZV9)
RAM Heatsinks
Fixing Nuts
Rubber Rings
Thermal Grease
FAN Controller(FAN MATE 2)
Cable for FAN MATE 2

Manufacturer Warranty

1 year limited
1 year limited

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year

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  • Timothy C.
  • 4/23/2008 10:46:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great on my Sapphire 3870

Pros: Very quiet/silent on the low speeds. It also cools my 3870 card very well on the low speeds!

Cons: LED light is VERY dim.

Other Thoughts: Don't buy this for its LED light, as its just too dim.

I purchased this from another store a long while ago. I decided recently to try it on my Sapphire 3870 card (the card that takes up two slots). I removed the 3870 heatsink, and left on the stock copper memory heatsinks (which don't need removing). Make sure you don't overtighten, just enough so its very snug and not lose or uneven. Otherwise you could warp you card or damage it.

This cooler works MUCH better than I ever expected it to. I just turned the fan speed to about 2000rpm (where I couldn't hear the fan), and it does not go over 50c at load playing games. Plus I thought it would raise my case temperature up due to me removing the exhaust fan the card used before, but instead for whatever reason my case temperature went down a few degrees.

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  • Robert F.
  • 4/5/2008 9:38:51 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: This thing is great, i have used 2 of them so far. one is on an X1950XT AGP and the other is on my EVGA 8800GT Superclocked. It keeps my GT at around 33c idle and 45c on load. not only that but it has red LEDs to match my setup.

Cons: the fan kinda hangs over the second slot too much. it ended up touching the solder on my X-Fi Fatal1ty card causing a system shutdown. thankfully the card is ok but im gunna have to look into different cooling haha.

Other Thoughts: definitely worth the purchase, and its 8800GT compatible!

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  • Joseph B.
  • 3/13/2008 5:02:48 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent cooler

Pros: I have an Nvidia 7950 GT OC. With the stock fan installed, normal idle temperatures were around 60C degrees with higher loads reaching upwards of 75 - 80C. Installing this fan with the heat sinks that came with it, the temperature dropped to 40C at idle and never have reached above 55 at full load. This is well worth the time and effort to install for such a drop in temperatures.

Cons: Fan does get a little noisy at full speed and higher temperatures but fan noise is not really an issue to me. Aside from that there is really no cons.

Other Thoughts: With the small heat sinks that come with the unit I purchaed, it is good idea to warm up the thermal tape with a lighter for a few seconds then twist, push and hold them in place for about 15 seconds for a solid fit.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/4/2008 3:55:09 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsit WAS good...

Pros: It DID cool my card beautifully, not too much noise.

Cons: I can hardly use the fan anymore, defeating the purpose. it seems something inside went horribly wrong, and now the fan is WAY off balance and there's no way for me to put it back, it just likes to stay tilted at about 15 degrees. Vibrations so intense I fear for the life of the card (7900gs)

Other Thoughts: It didn't last.

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  • Jarob R.
  • 1/30/2008 1:14:19 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect heatsink

Coming Soon!

Pros: Right now i got it installed on a 7950GT 256MB version from BFG Tech Normal core clock is 565MHz and memory at 1430MHz i have this thing OC playing COD4 and crysis Core is at 670MHz and memory at 1716MHz from Ntune idles at 30 to 34 degrees celsius and loads at about 43 to 45 tops on COD4 and crysis. {fan at max speed}

Cons: Red LED is not bright enough.

Other Thoughts: Great buy for my card its amazing love OC speeds and temps. thanks newegg and ZALMAN!! On normal clocks it about 29c idle and about 35c to 38c load.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/18/2008 12:46:33 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBig improvement from Tidewater!

Pros: Very easy to install! Instructions are crystal clear! Another fantastic Zalman product! Installed on my ATI Sapphire X1900XT and it's cooling very nicely! Pretty quiet without needing to use the Silent Mode. And, as always, Newegg delivers like no other!

Cons: It's a relatively small gripe, but the power cable comes out of the top of the fan instead of the bottom - depending on your taste/wiring needs, it can be a challenge to play around with this to work to your advantage. Also, I chose not to use the FanMate (I just plugged my fan into the motherboard itself) because there's a LOT of cable that comes with it: The instructions expect you to string this little black box all the way out to the front/side of your case - aesthetics, anyone? My recommendation to Zalman that would make this product even more perfect than it already is is to think about making a little control panel that would stick out from the back of the computer just under the opening for the video card - the fan already takes up an extra PCI slot as it is, so why not make use of the space?

Other Thoughts: I actually bought this fan to replace the Tidewater VGA watercooling system, and I wish that I had bought this one originally and never thought about getting the Tidewater in the first place. After over a year of ownership, my Tidewater didn't seem to be doing much of anything to actually cool my card. I was idling consistently at around 66-70 C. Under full load (Playing FEAR on Medium graphics settings, btw) I would max out my card, my screens would start blinking, and the thermometer on the Overdrive options in my Catalyst Control panel would read 110 C. With the Zalman, I'm idling now in the 40's and my card just barely cracked 75 while running the overclock utility (I can actually overclock my card now! It's clocking 688 VPU and 792 Memory) so this is definitely a card-saver for me!

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  • MARK K.
  • 1/9/2008 3:15:34 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs3870 good fit

Pros: Well engineered product as always from Zalman. I was concerned with the application because the 3870 is not listed as fitting. FYI the holes are the same as the 1900 series. On low fan setting 30 C and on the high fan setting 50 C under 100% load.

Cons: none, some people don't like the fanmate attachment, but I like being able to physically turn down the fan when not gaming and am not offended by the looks.

Other Thoughts: didn't use the mem sinks. Applied some AC MX-2 and reused the substantial one piece units that come attached to the 3870. No clearance problems. Conclusion, the stock 3870 will cool if you can stand the shrill fan. This works and SOUNDS GREAT

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/18/2007 6:27:53 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsteh winz

Pros: awesome has higher rpm than the orginal vf900 for only 12 dollars more... red glow to it... keeps my x1950 pro idle about 30c and full load at 49c... and its overclocked!!!

Cons: none

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  • Lewis J.
  • 11/12/2007 12:50:12 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great with my 8600GTS

Pros: Though it doesn't say it works with GeForce 8 series, I bought one to see if it would work with my 8600GTS and it mounted perfectly. Nice red glow. Easy EASY install. Smaller then the stock cooler and runs a few degrees cooler.

Cons: Price.. Where I bought it, this was 10.00 more then the VF-900. Guess the 10.00 goes to Fatal1ty for the naming rights.

Other Thoughts: I tried the Duoorb from Thermaltake, couldn't get it to work on my 8600GTS or my 7900GTX due to capacitors in the way. I've gone with Zalman for almost all my cooling needs now. I'm sticking with Zalman from now on.

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/18/2007 8:43:50 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDecent for older cards.

Pros: None

Cons: Completely incompatible w/2900xt. Had to go back to stock. Another note, it only came with about 6-8 memory heatsinks. I'd recommend finding and buying extra if you have more than 256 ram.

Other Thoughts: This would if been excellent if I bought a 1950xt but seeing as I didn't I'm left with no choice but to return.

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