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ZEROTherm Core i5/7 Coolers: Nirvana 120 and Core 92

Posted October 25, 2009 by Jake in Cooling







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Nirvana 120: Specifications & Package

First off, the ZEROtherm Nirvana NV120 PWM. It features Heatpipe Direct Touch (HDT) technology that we see popping up all over the place in CPU heatsinks. The Nirvana NV120 PWM is a tower-style design like all top performing coolers, but the HDT differs from "traditional" heatpipes in that these heatpipes directly touch the CPU instead of a plate. This should theoretically allow greater, more efficient heat transfer since the heatpipes do not have to be attached to a heat plate which can act as a barrier. This certainly has proven to be an innovative idea and seems a natural evolution of heatpipe technology.

The specifications for the Nirvana NV120 PWM are as follows:

  • Compatibility:
    Intel: Socket LGA1366, 775
    AMD: Socket 930, 940, AM3, AM2, AM2+

  • Dimension: 128 X 95 X 150 mm (5.04 X 3.74 X 5.83 inch)
  • Heat Sink Material: Aluminum fin
  • Heat Pipes: 4 pcs
  • Fan Dimension: 120 x 120 x 25 mm
    with 2 blue LEDs

  • Fan Speed: 900 – 1800 R.P.M. (PWM)
  • Fan Airflow: 60 CFM max.
  • Bearing Type: Long life bearing
  • Fan Noise Level (dB-A): 30 dBA max.
  • Connector: 4-pin

The packaging of the cooler is your standard box. Nothing fancy here, but there is adequate information to let you know the basics about the product. When you open the box you will see that the cooler and fan are packed in a thick cardboard inner box, heavily protecting it during transport. The accessories are straightforward, with backplates for Intel 775/1366 brackets, as well as an AMD backplate. There is also some of ZEROtherm’s own branded thermal paste (a HUGE tube actually!), mounting hardware, and an installation manual. So far so good.

Here we see the packaging and contents of the Nirvana NV120 PWM:

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ZEROtherm Nirvana NV120 PWM
Highslide JSZEROtherm Nirvana NV120 PWM

Let’s take a closer look at the heatsink itself.

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