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ZeroTherm Nirvana NV120

ZeroTherm Nirvana NV120

The new ZeroTherm Nirvana NV120 - bigger, but is it better?

Having recently given the ZeroTherm BTF90 the CPU Cooler of the year in our recent awards, we were keen to get its new bigger brother, the Nirvana NV120, in as soon as it was available in the UK.

The smaller 92mm fan has been upgraded to a larger 120mm but now has the obligatory blue LEDs too. However, it does remain in a similar enclosing fin array which now has four heatpipes thrust through it. It also comes with a baby monitor rheostat to throttle the fan speed as well.

We've got one in house now, so expect a full review in the new year. Until then though, you'll just have to cope with commenting in the forums.



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Redbeaver 21st December 2007, 17:47 Quote
this vs Thermalright 120 Extreme? :D
Mankz 21st December 2007, 17:49 Quote
Looks cool.

I'd like to this reviewd!
mrb_no1 21st December 2007, 17:58 Quote
120mm fan may not really show much in the way of performance, but more for those who quest for less noise. I didnt own its predocessor nor have i looked at it, but if the overall design is the same then a quieter heatsink solution is all that will result imo. The exception is when you've got a massively overclocked cpu, which no doubt the boys will do in the new year and compare against all those before it.

personally the baby monitor wont be that great, as if you are concerned with the speed-cooling-performance aspect of your rig you'll have a controller that takes care of all your fans, or for the cpu you will rely on the mobo q fan and such like to deal with the cooling speeds required. Of course, i am open to having all my preconceptions thrown out of the window when rich tests it but unless this heatsink has something revolutionary in its bonnit i'll stick with my scythe ninja rev. B.

peace

fatman
sweets 21st December 2007, 18:47 Quote
I've got one of these babies. At the lowest fans speed it keeps my overclocked E2140 (3.0Ghz) at mid 20's idle and high 30's low 40's load. The fan controller is uglier than I care to try to describe, but it does it's job. I'll have to grab another aftermarket controller someday. At mid to high fans speed it whales like my little brother when I punch him in his face. So it's pretty loud. The cooler can be positioned to point in any direction depending on your mobo. I have mine pointing downward on my Abit Quad GT. It's kind of a pain to install given the location of the mounting screws underneath the fan blades. Bottom line is it looks good and performs well.
Tulatin 22nd December 2007, 03:13 Quote
Ah, how i love these open bladed fans. Seriously, have heatsink MFG's never owned a system? All it takes is for a poorly designed supply/chassis to dangle a wire in the way, and whoops, tictictictictictictictictictictictictictictictictictictictictictictictic.
Tyinsar 22nd December 2007, 06:28 Quote
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...but now has the obligatory blue LEDs too.
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We've got one in house now, so expect a full review in the new year.
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Originally Posted by Tulatin
... All it takes is for a poorly designed supply/chassis to dangle a wire in the way, and whoops, tictictictictictictictictictictictictictictictictictictictictictictictic.
Or poor wire / cable management :p
But seriously, zip ties are a great & cheap investment.
Bindibadgi 22nd December 2007, 13:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by Redbeaver
this vs Thermalright 120 Extreme? :D

I had planned to :D:D
zoom314 23rd December 2007, 17:04 Quote
Does the big baby heatsink want a rattle in addition to the baby monitor? ;)

Mr J
Multiplectic 24th December 2007, 04:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
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Originally Posted by Redbeaver
this vs Thermalright 120 Extreme? :D

I had planned to :D:D

I don't think it would stand a chance against the TR U120E (Performance-wise).
chrisb2e9 24th December 2007, 05:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by sweets
At mid to high fans speed it whales like my little brother when I punch him in his face. So it's pretty loud.

maybe you aren't hitting hard enough?
Bindibadgi 24th December 2007, 11:39 Quote
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Originally Posted by Multiplectic
I don't think it would stand a chance against the TR U120E (Performance-wise).

I think it will if I match the fan speeds.
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