ZEROTherm Core i5/7 Coolers: Nirvana 120 and Core 92
Both the ZEROtherm Nirvana NV120 PWM and Core 92 are very straightforward coolers and are quite similar to other heatpipe towers on the market in terms of the cooling technology. The Nirvana 120 PWM, however, is certainly very unique in its aesthetics, unlike anything else on the market, looking rather stylish and refreshingly distinct. The Core 92 is less distinctive, but looks good nonetheless, and each cooler would look fine in just about any case setup with their soft blue LEDs as well.
With respect to performance, neither cooler will compete with the top products on the market in terms of absolute cooling results, although it is doubtful they are targeted to that market segment anyways. Clearly the Nirvana is for those who want good cooling at low noise levels, a hassle-free installation, and a good price for it all. The Nirvana can match results with similarly-styled coolers, and at a price of approximately $50 USD (only $40 with rebate), it’s a good value.
The Core 92 on the other hand, can handle a Core i5/i7 at stock speeds and modest overclocks without problem, and can accommodate a smaller mid-tower case setup. It is not designed for top performance or high overclocks, but can easily control a Core i5 750, for example, that isn’t hyperthreaded and will produce less heat than the i7 870. When running at high RPMs, the Core92 emits a rather annoying sound, but if you reduce the speed slightly then it will be fine inside your case. At $30 USD, the Core 92 is listed at a good price for what you get in return.
Both the ZEROTherm Nirvana 120 PWM and Core 92 offer great aesthetics, very easy installation, and surprisingly solid performance for their price tags. They cannot match the sheer cooling prowess of the top coolers on the market, but they’re not meant to. Instead, they are good all-around coolers for Core i5/i7 systems that look good, can run very quiet, offer great stock speed cooling and moderate overclocks at a good price. They may not excel in any one category or criteria, but they do a very nice job in all of them, which is often rare to see these days.
If you’re looking for a new Socket 1156/1366 cooler for your new Core i5/i7 system, take a look at the ZEROTherm coolers, they get our recommendation.
ZEROtherm Nirvana NV120 PWM
ZEROtherm Core 92
Thanks go to ZEROtherm for providing the Nivana 120 and Core 92 coolers for this review.