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ZALMAN VF3000F(GTX480) VGA Cooler with dual 92mm fans, Fan Mate 2, Super Thermal Grease, IHD technology, Nvidia Fermi GTX480

  • Silent Mode : 1,400rpm ± 15%
  • Normal Mode: 3,000rpm ± 15%
  • Variable
  • Fin: Pure Aluminum
  • Base: Pure Copper
  • Heatpipes: Pure Copperr
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The Zalman VF3000F is specifically designed for NVIDIA GF100 series GPUs aiming to provide a significant thermal improvement over stock NVIDIA cooling. This VGA cooler comes in two models: one for GTX 480 and one for GTX 470/465. Five 6mm thick copper heatpipes with Zalman’s latest IHD (Interactive Heat Transfer Design) transfer heat from the pure copper base into the VF3000F's aluminum fins while twin 92mm green LED fans provide superior cooling to the heatsink and VGA RAM, as well as all other peripheral components surrounding the VGA chipset. Now you can enjoy the powerful performance of the Fermi-based GPU without worrying about your card’s health with Zalman’s VF3000F.

  • newegg 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.
  • newegg 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.
  • newegg 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.
  • newegg Ultra Quiet 92mm Green LED Dual Fans The dual ultra quiet 92mm fans deliver minimized noise and feature green LEDs to heighten the cool aesthetics.
  • newegg 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 VF3000F for intensified cooling performance.
  • newegg Adjustable Fan Speed Controller FAN MATE 2, an adjustable fan speed controller, is included for performance and noise level setting according to your preference.

Learn more about the Zalman Tech Co., Ltd VF3000F(GTX480)

Model

Brand
ZALMAN
Model
VF3000F(GTX480)

Spec

Compatibility
VGA Card Processor
Bearing Type
EBR Bearing
RPM
Silent Mode : 1,400rpm ± 15%
Normal Mode: 3,000rpm ± 15%
Air Flow
Variable
Noise Level
Silent Mode: 18dBA ± 15%
Normal Mode: 33dBA ± 15%
Fan Color
Transparent
LED
Green
Heatsink Material
Fin: Pure Aluminum
Base: Pure Copper
Heatpipes: Pure Copperr

Physical Spec

Fan Dimensions
92 x 92 x 15 mm
Heatsink Dimensions
239 x 98 x 51 mm

Features

Features
Powerful Cooling Performance

Ultra Quiet Design

Excellent Peripheral Component Cooling

Ultra Quiet 92mm Green LED Dual Fans

High Performance Super Thermal Grease ZM-STG2

Adjustable Fan Speed Controller

Environment Friendly Design

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • Samir S.
  • 1/3/2012 11:11:07 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsWorth every penny

Pros: *Dropped my main card 480 GTX Temps by 25 C* and bottom 20 C*. GPUs temps never go over 75 C* while running BF3 @ 1680 x 1050 resolution 120 Hz/3D monitor in SLI. Idle temps are 53 C* for top card and 40 C* for bottom card @ 1680 x1050 with 120 Hz refresh rate. Temps will be lower if your monitor is only 60 Hz.

* Much quieter than stock fans and heat sink is much easier to blow off with compressed air.

* Will reduce noise and heat by 25% to 30%.

*Instructions are easy to follow, at least for me they were. But make sure to read them carefully.

Cons: *Big Requires 3 slots

*Does not have PWM controller, does not bother me since I was planing to run it trough fan controller anyways

*Green LED, but can be overlooked for performance it gives you.

*Does not take hot air out of the back of the case. Make sure you case has good ventilation to take a lot of air out.

*Availability on Newegg, had to buy my somewhere else and these cost over $90 there.

Other Thoughts: *Taking stock heat sink off 480 GTX can be troublesome, had few screws strip on me because they had lock-tite on them. Had to use drill and 7/32" drill bit to drill the heads of the screws off. If you do this please do it slowly and at lowest RPM as possible.

*The product comes with pretty good instructions, take your time to read and look at the pictures carefully. Be prepared to spend 1 hour to 2 hours taking stock heat sink and installing this one.

*Please note that you do not need to buy thermal pads for this heat sink, I made that mistake and spent $20+ for no reason. All you have to do is apply thermal paste on all chips that come in contact with the black heat sink, or where the stock thermal pads used to be. I used GELID Solutions GC-Extreme thermal paste instead of the one provided. I was not sure if Zalman thermal paste was conductive or not. Gelid is non conductive and will not short out you GPU if it comes in contact with PCB.

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  • Peter C.
  • 12/14/2011 8:15:35 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMust have for GTX480 Owners

Pros: Cooler and Quieter than the stock cooler. It will also fit my second GTX480 in SLI so i will be getting a second.

Cons: Install can get tedious if you try to rush it. My own fault for trying to just "get it done"
Fan controller is useless, just plug in to the motherboard and use bios to adjust the fan cooling profile.

Other Thoughts: as mentioned i have two 480's in SLI, only one has the Zalman cooler... i have the longer SLI bridge so this will work with two cards....will order a second soon.

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  • Gabriel s.
  • 11/6/2011 2:00:25 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBrilliantly designed cooler

Pros: Much quieter than the stock fan. Much more effective at cooling than the stock fan. Compared to the stock fan, idle temperature dropped ~18.C while load temps dropped ~25.C. Allowed me to overclock my 480 GTX to 880 Core 2200 Memory @ 1.250 mV. My load temperatures hit around 73.C at max overclock with furmark running for 10 minutes. all tests done in a 23.C (73.4.F) air conditioned house.

Cons: It's green.

Other Thoughts: Installation was a breeze. The hardest part was removing the existing cooler, which, thanks to youtube videos on the subject, was quite simple.

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  • Beverly E.
  • 11/5/2011 12:16:24 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove it!!!!!!!!!!

Pros: BROUGHT MY TEMPS WAY DOWN! went from around 55-60c IDLE to 33-39c IDLE, of course thats with IC-DIAMOND paste. Running fan only around 30-40 percent. It does get a little noisy when you crank it up, but tbh I don't need the fan running that fast even while gaming I'm still UNDER 50c on Battlefield 3. LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!! MUST BUY IF YOU HAVE A 480GTX!!!

Cons: None!

Other Thoughts: The Shrouds that come with Nvidia cards now days are complete garbage, and just stupid because it sucks air through one point, suffocating the rest of the graphics card because it doesn't efficiently cool the heatsink before it gets sucked out the back. My new cooler also helped cool my room a little bit, not as hot anymore. =) I also got a 120mm fan I put on the side of my case to suck in more air.

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  • Christian L.
  • 11/4/2011 12:32:18 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorth it!!!

Pros: I own an Nvidia Fermi GTX480 and everytime I played Battlefield 3 my computer would just freeze. Bought this installed it realized what a piece of garbage my stock cooler was for my video card. End result no more computer crashes. Thank you Zalman you guys rock!

Cons: none

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  • Brad P.
  • 7/18/2011 11:19:54 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsZALMAN VF3000F VGA Cooler

Pros: The ZALMAN VF3000F is an awsome product and is currently installed on my EVGA GTX580 and running my video card temp wise much cooler than the stock cooling fan assembly. Under full game load card runs at 110F was 157F. IDLE Temp is 70F so I'm very pleased with the fan assembly.

Cons: Non Thus Far

Other Thoughts: This is a fairly easy installation just follow normal computer static safety and follow the instructions carefully.

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  • Alexander B.
  • 7/10/2011 1:43:58 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood Fan, but not for Portable Desktops

Pros: *Gives good cooling power overall
*Instructions for install are mostly straightforward
*Is pretty quiet

Cons: *The fan controller's plug in to the system fan slot on your motherboard is a pretty lose fit and seems to come off easily if you ever transit the PC to another location. Ended up having a GTX 480 fry after two minutes or so of trying to boot Windows because I didn't realize the cooler fan plug into the system fan port had come lose during transit.

So, if you're using this cooler and you transport your desktop ALWAYS check to make sure the plug hasn't come off the system fan connection on your Motherboard

*Fan controller itself - would've preferred a back plate for an unused expansion slot with the control on that.

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  • Aaron D.
  • 6/12/2011 11:23:53 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsOK, I'm officially impressed!

Pros: I own an EVGA GTX 480, and it had been shutting down due to overheats. I run BOINC, and Folding@Home all of the time on my machine. Whenever I took the card apart the airflow seemed to be completely blocked, so I don't understand how it was continuing to run at all.

Temps (Full Load):
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Stock Heatsink: 105C ( remember with almost no ariflow ) the card would shutdown at 110C.
VF3000F: 55C to 65C depending on room temp.

Since the stock heatsink was basically clogged up, the effective loss in heat was probably only about 20C to 30C, but that still impresses me.

This product is something that I would absolutely recommend to someone looking to buy an aftermarket heatsink for this card.

Cons: 1.) Complaint about the video card ( stripped both screws out at the front of the card for the heatsink/fan cover. Luckily my local computer shot was able to get them out easily, as I really didn't want to have to drill them out.
2.) The Green color. ( I can live with it, for the amount of temperature it drops the card. :) )

Other Thoughts: This is the first time I've tried installing an aftermarket heatsink on a video card. The instructions were very straight forward as long as you paid attention to:

1.) The correct diagram for your card.
2.) Which exact washer/screw/item they were referring to.
3.) Noticed that toward the end of the instructions they stopped showing you specific diagrams for your card, and expect you to figure out what to do from there.

This, overall, is an excellent product for what I purchased it for, and I hope it continues to work as it has.

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/28/2011 11:11:23 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat product, albeit pricey for an aged video card

Pros: Works very well.
-idle temps used to be 45*C, are now 34*C
-load temps used to vary 80-105*C, now hover around 60*C
-super silent, I can't hear my rig at all. stock fan was obnoxious

Cons: -price
-green color : /

Other Thoughts: price dropped a day after I installed mine. go figure. : )

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  • Sharveen S.
  • 4/23/2011 7:32:44 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggssuper pleased

Pros: awesome cooling power. zalman made all efforts to make this cooler effective and silent!!! comes with fan controller!!!!!!!!

Cons: didn't come with a second one for sli :P

Other Thoughts: This has been a pleasent experience. Was super easy to install took me only 15 minutes to take apart my gtx 480 clean it out and put this on with arctic silver 5. dropped my idle stock temp by 17C. superb!!! haven't seen it go past 58C on max load with afterburn and even then the fans are not even cranked up at high settings. I got the Gelid Icy Vision Rev 2 for my second card, but I wish I purchased another one of this.

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