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The first thing I did was to remove the old cooler. I was impressed to see that Inno3D had decided to use thermal paste instead of the gum style pads I often see – this alone could account for why it overclocked so well.
I then fitted the mounting screws, which used rubber washers to stop anything shorting out. This also involved a backing plate that sits about 5mm away from the PCB and just helps take the clamping strain so the PCB doesn't have to.
As the memory is underneath where the cooler would be – I also fitted the memory heatsinks or “ramsinks”. To fit these, it was just a case of peeling off the backing plastic and placing them on. The 7300 GT only has four memory modules, so i had four left over. These are quite useful for placing on any hot points on a motherboard that are usually left that way, so keep them in a safe place for use later.
A small amount of thermal paste was applied to the core and then just two screws were used to secure the cooler. I think you'll agree that the black, copper and blue finish is quite appealing.
It took me less than ten minutes to fit this Zalman kit and that's including taking photos along the way. It's simple enough that anyone should be able to cope with it.
Worth noting, is that the fan no longer plugs on to the graphics card PCB, but uses a three pin fan connection instead. To power this you'll need to plug it into a fan header on the motherboard, or use the supplied Molex adapter.
Using this cooler, the card was cool to the touch and very quiet. There was a noise, but it was a near silent “whoosh” rather than the whine you usually get from smaller fans. Unfortunately, I couldn't overclock the card any further – possibly suggesting it needs more voltage than it does cooling.
The Zalman VF700-CU is quick to fit and good looking. At £23.49, if your graphics card is noisy – this is a no brainer. Just make sure it's compatible with your particular card.
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