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Zalman ZM80A-HP VGA Heatpipe Cooler Review
Zalman ZM80A-HP VGA Heatpipe Cooler Review
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Abstract: Each component in the ZM80A-HP package is well finished, and the instructions (which are a must read) are clear, concise, and illustrated very well.

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Zalman   Cooling / Heatsinks   Jan 22, 2003   Max Page  
Home > Reviews > Page Title: Installation and Observations: Rear Heatsink

We dry fit the heat pipe on the card to make sure it wouldn't be getting in the way of any other components, and to check that the Heatsink Base Assemblies were aligned.

The heatpipe Zalman use is made of gold plated copper. The gold plating is purely for show, and I suppose to prevent oxidation of the metal. The heatpipe is very soft and can be broken easily if bent in the wrong direction. Since heatpipes only work as long as they are not punctured, and oriented properly, be very carefull when handling the pipe. If it is bent and cracks it will be useless.

Apply the thermal compound with the heatpipe just off to the side. Rotate the heatpipe back into place and add one more coating of thermal compound over it for good coverage.

With the heatpipe already sitting in the recess on the rear of the card we still have to add some thermal compound. with the slack that was left from not yet tightening up all the screws on the front heatsink side you should easily be able to rotate the heatpipe down towards the "BACK" lettering. Do not bend the heatsink - if it isn't rotating easily then loosen up some of those screws on the other side that hold the front heatsink in place.


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Table of Contents:

 1:  Zalman ZM80A-HP VGA Heatpipe Cooler Review
 2:  How does the heatpipe work?
 3:  Installation and Observations: Core Assembly
 4:  Installation and Observations: Base Assembly
 5:  Installation and Observations: Washers and Nuts
 6:  Installation and Observations:The Heatpipe
 7: — Installation and Observations: Rear Heatsink
 8:  Installation and Observations: Final Steps
 9:  Testing Results

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