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Reviewed by: Trevor Flynn [01.16.06]
Manufactured by: Zalman



The installation process is very basic and consists of removing the stock heat sink, applying some thermal paste, attaching a couple of "nipples" with rubber grommets, adding the backplate and finally, attaching the replacement heat sink fan. What you'll end up with is a video card that looks something like this.

Though much larger than the stock heat sink included on this Sapphire 9800pro, the FS-V7 is surprisingly not noticeably heavier. A nice added feature with the larger fan on the FS-V7 is that air is blown over the ram sinks which further helps to keep things nice and cool.

A Cooler Gained is a Slot Lost

A downside of many aftermarket VGA coolers is the loss of an adjoining PCI slot, and the FS-V7 is not any different.

Though you can see the white PCI slot just clear of the coolers fins, there is not enough room to comfortably install even the smallest PCI card.


The HSF was tested on a Sapphire 9800 Pro, and temperature readings were taken using the temperature probe off of an NZXT Nemesis Elite LCD monitor. Idle temperatures were taken after 10 minutes from a cold boot and load temperatures were taken after looping the 3d Mark 2003 demo at 1280*1024 with 4x AA.

Here is how the Zalman stacks up against the stock Sapphire cooler.

As you can see, the increased fan speed of the FS-V7 makes a significant difference in terms of the GPUs temperature, with load temperatures a full 20C lower in performance mode over the stock Sapphire cooler.

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