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Today Zerotherm launches the new Nirvana NV120 Premium tower style heatsink, which features a copper base and four U-shaped heatpipes with aluminum fins. Over the entire surface of the Nirvana Premium is a dark gray mirror finish like no other heatsink I have seen. Included is a 120mm blue LED fan with a fan controller to dial in the right noise level for any system. With all this style comes great performance, too.

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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.
 
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#3
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:
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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" ;)
 

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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.
 

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Why did they compare it against the Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme??
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.
 

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Nice! An alternative to the girly "butterfly" design.
 

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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
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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The core temps are from CoreTemp v. 0.94 in Windows.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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
 
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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.
 
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I think it's definitely one of the best looking heatsinks out there, and the performance is pretty darn good, too.
 

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Great cooler!! Currently in my rig. Awesome temps along with MX-2.
 

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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.
 
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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.
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.
 

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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.
 

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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.

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 !
 
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