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Apack Zerotherm Nirvana 120 Heatsink Review
Apack Zerotherm Nirvana 120 Heatsink Review
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Abstract: Made mostly of aluminum, with a small copper base connected by four heatpipes to the rest of the heatsink, the entire heatsink is dark nickel plated.

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APACK   Cooling / Heatsinks   Dec 31, 2007   Max Page  
Home > Reviews > Page Title: Intel LGA775 Heatsink Temperature Comparisons

FrostyTech Mk.II Synthetic Thermal Heatsink Test Results
Intel Pentium D / Extreme Edition & Quad Core class heatsinks tested at 150W
Intel Core 2 Duo / Pentium 4 / Celeron class heatsinks tested at 85W

Results based on readings from a 30x30mm copper interface die with 150W and 85W heat loads applied on the LGA775 version of the Mk.II Test Platform. Temperature results listed for each heatsink were calculated by determining the rise over ambient temperatures at time of test. Information on Frostytech's test methodology is available here.
Socket 775 compatible CPU heatsinks
Manufacturer: Model No.: Fan Speed: 150W
Thermal Test* (°C)
85W
Thermal Test (°C)
Noise Level (dBA)

Thermalright Ultra 120 17.8 10.6 53.7
3Rsystem Iceage 120 high 18.2 12.1 47.9
Coolermaster Hyper 212 19.0 11.8 45.9
Apack Zerotherm BTF92 OC Ed high 19.0 11.2 53.6
Zalman CNPS9700 LED high 19.0 10.4

56.5

Xigmatek HDT-S983 high 19.5 11.8 52.7
Scythe Mugen 19.5 11.4 46.0
Tuniq Tower 120 high 19.6 12.2 51.6
Thermalright Ultra-90 high 19.6 13.0 56.2
Apack Zerotherm Nirvana 120 high 19.8 12.3 49.2
Enzotech Ultra-X high 20.0 8.5 59.1
Zalman CNPS9700NT high 20.3 12.4 52.2
Scythe Infinity SCINF-1000 20.3 12.6 37.8
OCZ Vendetta high 21.3 13.5 52.8
Noctua NH-U12P high

21.3

13.4 40.7
Apack Zerotherm BTF90 21.8 12.7 52.1
Xigmatek HDT-S963 high 21.9 13.7 50.2
Akasa AK-965 high 22.2 13.8 48.1
Apack Zerotherm BTF80 22.8 13.9 51.9
Cooljag Falcon 92-AL high 23.2 14.2 52.1
Rosewill RCX-Z3 high 23.3 14.0 58.6
Coolink Silentator high 23.5 16.4 41.2
Scythe Mine Rev. B 23.6 15.0 36.8
Cooljag Falcon 92-Cu high 23.6 14.8 52.8
Akasa AK-920 high 24.3 14.1 52.9
Glacialtech Igloo 5750 PWM high 24.9 14.6 52.3
Asus Arctic Square high 24.9 14.9 44.9
Akasa AK-922 (EVObue) high 25.5 15.4 60.3
Coolermaster Aquagate Mini R80 high 25.7 16.2 59.2
Asus Silent Square EVO high 25.8 15.6 42.8
Glacialtech Igloo 5610 PWM high 25.9 15.9 59.5
Thermalright SI-128SE 26.5 15.2 44.5
Scythe Andy Samuri Master SCASM-1000 26.7 14.2 38.4
Auras SLC-747 high 27.9 25.7 52.2
Auras LPT-700 28.3 16.9 52.2
Thermalfly F1-IACSHA high 29.0 18.3 60.4
nPowertek TTIC NPH1000 29.3 16.8 47.5
Glacialtech Igloo 5710 Silent 29.4 18.0 43.4
Thermalfly I75DUB high 29.5

16.8

68.5
Zalman CNPS9500 AT 29.6 17.3 53.3
Glacialtech Igloo 5750 Silent 29.8 18.5 35.5
Coolermaster Hyper TX2 29.9 18.8 53.7
Alpha Novatech PRE9060M92P high 29.9 18.5 51.5
Scythe Kama Cross 30.0 18.8 40.0
Akasa AK-961 30.0 18.7

60.7

Auras LPT-709 30.1 18.6 43.9
Rosewill RCX-Z2-EX high 30.1 18.7 45.9
nPowertek NPH-775-1 30.1 18.8 50.1
Apack Zerotherm Nirvana 120 low 30.3 19.8 38.2
Glacialtech Igloo 5610 Silent 30.4 17.1 44.7
Sunon Waturbo 30.6 18.3 57.5
Apack CF800 high 31.4 20.7 48.4
Thermaltake Jungle512 high 31.6 20.4 60.8
Coolage Frozen Orb F0-Z924AL high 32.0 19.9 48.9
Xigmatek AIO-S80DP high 32.4 21.4 55.0
Scythe Katana II 32.5 18.6 37.9
Rosewill RCX-Z2

32.6

19.3 59.9
Zalman CNPS7700-Cu high 32.9 19.7 50.7
Apack CF900 high 32.9 20.3 48.3
Evercool PT02-9232CP 33.3 19.9 63.3
Zalman CNPS7700-Cu LED high 33.5 20.6 49.8
Scythe Ninja Mini 33.7 19.9 41.7
Thermalright MST-977SLE 33.8 20.0 46.5
Intel Stock Pentium D high 33.8 20.7 47.5
nPowerTek SF775-2 high 34.7 21.1 64.6
Akasa AK-960E 36.1 21.4 56.3
Zalman CNPS7500-Cu LED high 36.4 22.9 50.9
Thermalfly I75DUH 37.8 22.8 48.7
Akasa AK-975CU high 38.4 23.0 47.7
Cooljag OAK-H high 38.5 22.9 55.7
Cooljag OAK-H2 high 38.6 24.1 55.6
LS Cable SHS-T700 38.7 22.8 48.5
Intel Stock Core 2 Duo 49.2 29.0 36.7
Glacialtech Igloo 5062 Cu Light 50.6 29.7 45.2
Glacialtech Igloo 5057 E 58.5 36.1 53.4
Spire Fourier IV SP607B3-C 63.6 18.7 60.2
150W
Thermal Test (°C)
85W
Thermal Test (°C)
Noise Level (dBA)
*Heatsinks are ranked according to the 150W thermal test results column (rise over ambient temp.). Low temperatures with low noise levels are considered best. For reference heatsinks with variable-speed fans, only the high speed (12V) fan test result is included in the comparison sheet; more detailed results reside in each specific heatsink review.

The heat output from Intel processors varies widely between single and multi-core processors, so Frostytech relies on two thermal values that represent the upper limits of existing CPU families. With a 150W heat load applied by the Intel LGA775 version of FrostyTech's synthetic thermal test platform, the Apack Zerotherm Nirvana 120 heatsink maintains an excellent test temperature of 19.8°C over ambient. Noise levels hold steady at 49.2dBA.

If we drop fan speed from 2600RPM to 700RPM with the included manual fan speed controller, the Nirvana 120 heatsink yields a 30.3°C rise over ambient for 38.2 dBA noise.

For the next round of testing the Apack Zerotherm Nirvana 120 heatsink was tested with an 85W heat load; akin to an Intel Core 2 Duo processor. In this case the Nirvana 120 heatsink maintained a low 12.3°C rise in temperature at full fan speed. At the reduced fan speed of 700RPM, the Nirvana 120 was capable of 19.8°C over ambient temperature.

In both test scenarios, with its 120mm fan rotating at full speed the Apack Zerotherm Nirvana 120 heatsink excels. As fan speed is decreased until whisper quiet, the heatsink slips into the average thermal performance range.

There is no getting around the fact that Apack's Zerotherm Nirvana 120 heatsink is big. This heatsink stands 150mm tall, and is 128mm at its widest. It's broad nickel plated aluminum fins allow the Nirvana 120 heatsink to accommodate an embedded 120mm fan, so it qualifies as a lower-noise heatsink. A fan speed controller allows manual adjustments, and a further reduction in noise levels that would be welcome in any home theatre media PC environment.

While the reduction in noise is certainly commendable, any decrease in fan speed sees a direct rise in temperature that shifts the Nirvana 120 heatsink to a position behind a handful of reference heatsinks with similar noise outputs, but significantly lower test temperatures. Thus, the Apack Zerotherm Nirvana 120 is in its best form as a high performance heatsink in the 50dBA range, below that and it starts to loose its footing.

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 1:  Apack Zerotherm Nirvana 120 Heatsink Review
 2:  360° View - Apack Zerotherm Nirvana 120
 3:  Acoustic Sample and Heatsink Sound Levels
 4:  AMD K8 Heatsink Temperature Comparisons
 5: — Intel LGA775 Heatsink Temperature Comparisons

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