1. Welcome to TechPowerUp Forums, Guest! Please check out our forum guidelines for info related to our community.

Zerotherm Nirvana 120 Premium

Discussion in 'Reviews' started by t_ski, Oct 19, 2007.

  1. t_ski

    t_ski Former Staff

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2006
    Messages:
    10,594 (3.62/day)
    Thanks Received:
    3,931
    Last edited by a moderator: Oct 29, 2007
    DonInKansas says thanks.
    Crunching for Team TPU
  2. t_ski

    t_ski Former Staff

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2006
    Messages:
    10,594 (3.62/day)
    Thanks Received:
    3,931
    For those interested in purchasing this cooler, here are some links for you:

    ZipZoomFly
    http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=10006946

    Newegg
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835887011&Tpk=nv120

    TigerDirect
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3273116&CatId=798

    The first link for ZipZoomFly is the one that has it for $42 after rebate, and they also have free shipping on it. The free shipping only works in the continental US, and so does the rebate.
    Crunching for Team TPU
  3. TUngsten

    TUngsten New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2006
    Messages:
    1,042 (0.39/day)
    Thanks Received:
    64
    Location:
    CT, USA
    Excellent review, T-ski

    One comment (something I notice about a lot of reviews)
    It would be great if the initial sentence or header mentioned exactly what kind of product is being reviewed (i.e. cpu cooling fan, etc), so one needn't scroll down a few pages to learn exactly what a "Zerotherm Nirvana 120 Premium" is :toast:
  4. Kreij

    Kreij Senior Monkey Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2007
    Messages:
    13,881 (5.28/day)
    Thanks Received:
    5,610
    Location:
    Cheeseland (Wisconsin, USA)
    Great Review T-Ski.

    We are going to have to get you a processor that generates some real heat.
    That darn E6850 only has a TDP of 65W. ;)

    Anyway, I ordered one to try on my QX6700. We'll see what it can do on a quad.
  5. WarEagleAU

    WarEagleAU Bird of Prey

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2006
    Messages:
    10,796 (3.80/day)
    Thanks Received:
    545
    Location:
    Gurley, AL
    Excellent review as always. You seem to put a little of yourself in every review you do.

    Im amazed by the cooling power of this air cooler. Its right up there with the Zalman and AC Pro. Very impressive. Im sure a nice lap job would lower the temps by another degree or two. Also, the price is nice and the noise isnt too bad.
  6. t_ski

    t_ski Former Staff

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2006
    Messages:
    10,594 (3.62/day)
    Thanks Received:
    3,931
    Thanks guys. I thought the performance to price ratio was great, especially considering $42 shipped after rebate. There aren't many tower style heatsinks that cost as little as this one, yet still perform as good as it does.

    I must have some bad luck, though. I read the other Nirvana review linked on the front page of TPU and the sample they received had a perfect base. No imperfections, or mill marks. Oh, well.
    Crunching for Team TPU
  7. OnBoard

    OnBoard New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2006
    Messages:
    3,044 (1.10/day)
    Thanks Received:
    379
    Location:
    Finland
    That's one sexy cooler! :) Wouldn't fit my mobo, as I have Noctuas chipset tower cooler, Ultima only fits, because it's narrower in the middle. There is 1-2mm of space without lying and Zalman 9500 didn't have much more :p

    ZEROtherm does some nice coolers with good value, If I hade a second computer or a media center, I'd definately buy one of them.

    t_ski: noticed the thermalpastelineimage, was like "take that OnBoard" ;)
  8. Airbrushkid

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2007
    Messages:
    159 (0.07/day)
    Thanks Received:
    7
    Why did they compare it against the Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme??
  9. Kreij

    Kreij Senior Monkey Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2007
    Messages:
    13,881 (5.28/day)
    Thanks Received:
    5,610
    Location:
    Cheeseland (Wisconsin, USA)
    Interesting, the number of reviews on this coolers, by sites around the 'net, is high.
    ZEROTherm must be passing them out like candy :)

    It's also noteworthy that this thing is getting excellent reviews across the board.
  10. t_ski

    t_ski Former Staff

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2006
    Messages:
    10,594 (3.62/day)
    Thanks Received:
    3,931
    Do you mean "Why didn't you compare it against the Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme?"

    Simply because I do not own one, and Thermalright has not responded to my request for a review sample.
    Crunching for Team TPU
  11. erocker

    erocker Super Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2006
    Messages:
    39,133 (13.83/day)
    Thanks Received:
    13,584
    Nice! An alternative to the girly "butterfly" design.
  12. Kreij

    Kreij Senior Monkey Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2007
    Messages:
    13,881 (5.28/day)
    Thanks Received:
    5,610
    Location:
    Cheeseland (Wisconsin, USA)
    Did anyone read the Overclockers New Zealand review?

    This thing stood toe to toe with a Tuniq Tower on an OC'd quad.
    Pretty darn impressive.

    Note to UPS : Step on it, will ya? :D
  13. Kreij

    Kreij Senior Monkey Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2007
    Messages:
    13,881 (5.28/day)
    Thanks Received:
    5,610
    Location:
    Cheeseland (Wisconsin, USA)
    I got this thing installed on my Quad.

    BIOS reports idle temp @ 28C
    Cores are at 35, 35, 31, 33

    That is a couple of degrees cooler than the Scythe Mine on my system.
    No time to do load tests yet.
  14. t_ski

    t_ski Former Staff

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2006
    Messages:
    10,594 (3.62/day)
    Thanks Received:
    3,931
    Idle temp in Windows should be higher, due to no power-saving modes working in the BIOS. Post your results here for everyone else when you get them up.
    Crunching for Team TPU
  15. Kreij

    Kreij Senior Monkey Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2007
    Messages:
    13,881 (5.28/day)
    Thanks Received:
    5,610
    Location:
    Cheeseland (Wisconsin, USA)
    The core temps are from CoreTemp v. 0.94 in Windows.
  16. cyborg939 New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2007
    Messages:
    1 (0.00/day)
    Thanks Received:
    0
    How much noise would this make in an Antec 900 with fan speeds on low? Also w/ and OC'ed Q6600 G0 to 3.2GHz.
  17. t_ski

    t_ski Former Staff

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2006
    Messages:
    10,594 (3.62/day)
    Thanks Received:
    3,931
    Hi cyborg939 - welcome to TPU. :toast:

    Honestly, I can't say for sure, since I don't have an Antec 900 nor do I have access to one. But seeing how when on low speed the fan is quieter than any I've tested so far, I would say at low speed you would not notice it over any other fans. However, at high speed it is significantly louder than a stock Intel cooler - probably as much as 3 or four times as loud.

    Hope that helps.
    Crunching for Team TPU
  18. Kreij

    Kreij Senior Monkey Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2007
    Messages:
    13,881 (5.28/day)
    Thanks Received:
    5,610
    Location:
    Cheeseland (Wisconsin, USA)
    I shut of Q-Fan control in my bios so it runs at full speed all of the time.
    The fan noise is noticablely louder than when it is in low speed mode, but still nothing compared to my pair of 1950s when they both kick into high :D
  19. trt740

    trt740

    Joined:
    May 12, 2006
    Messages:
    10,935 (3.77/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1,113
    This is a super good heatsink not a Thermalright ultra extreme but a match for just about anyother cooler made and it looks a whole lot better in person than it does in a picture Wow!!!! nice device. In addition my rpm sensor on the fan went out no big deal but it went out.
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2008
  20. t_ski

    t_ski Former Staff

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2006
    Messages:
    10,594 (3.62/day)
    Thanks Received:
    3,931
    I think it's definitely one of the best looking heatsinks out there, and the performance is pretty darn good, too.
    Crunching for Team TPU
  21. Paulieg

    Paulieg The Mad Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2007
    Messages:
    11,912 (4.56/day)
    Thanks Received:
    2,978
    Location:
    Wherever I can find the iron.
    Great cooler!! Currently in my rig. Awesome temps along with MX-2.
  22. Kreij

    Kreij Senior Monkey Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2007
    Messages:
    13,881 (5.28/day)
    Thanks Received:
    5,610
    Location:
    Cheeseland (Wisconsin, USA)
    Did you see the recent review on Anandtech. This thing beats the TR U120E at idle temps and holds its own up to 3.9GHz. The TR wins with a higher stable OC though.
  23. trt740

    trt740

    Joined:
    May 12, 2006
    Messages:
    10,935 (3.77/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1,113
    The TRUE I owned had a 63fc Scythe fan and Zero cooler with my 250 mm side case fan almost matches it . The difference is the TRUE 120 cost more and is near silent with that fan, and won't fit with my side fan. The Zero fits with my 250mm side fan on and it has a 90+cf fan but on high the fan is loud ,( Its strange thoe even when it's on high the sound is not bothersome it just sounds like a bunch of rushing air no fan noise). Also for some reason when you put it on the fan controller on high it sounds quieter.
  24. t_ski

    t_ski Former Staff

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2006
    Messages:
    10,594 (3.62/day)
    Thanks Received:
    3,931
    Usually most fan controllers will "steal" some of the voltage and reduce it some, thus creating a slower fan speed/lower noise level even when on high. I never got my DMM out on this one's controller, but I imagine it's the same.
    Crunching for Team TPU
  25. Kreij

    Kreij Senior Monkey Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2007
    Messages:
    13,881 (5.28/day)
    Thanks Received:
    5,610
    Location:
    Cheeseland (Wisconsin, USA)

    I have the same case as you, TRT, and that is why I look for shorter units.
    I don't use fan controller and have the BIOS set to run it at full blast all of the time.
    Makes no difference as my 2 x 1950xtx's are much louder when under load.
    My Nirvana came with a 120mm fan.
    Did you put in the 90 yourself?

    Never mind, I see you put cf not mm. DOH !
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2008

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guest)

Share This Page