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Zalman makes some of the most sought after coolers on the market. Well known for shiny designs, low noise and excellent cooling, there is very little to disappoint. Many graphics cards manufacturers choose to install Zalman coolers on their high end models because of this. That said, many cards aren't offered with this option, but there is always the possibility of fitting your own.

Today, I'm looking at the Zalman VF700-BP01, which is a copper graphics card cooler. I have chosen the Inno3D 7300GT to fit this to. The cooler I replaced was hardly bad, as it did a good job of cooling in a quiet manner, and in reality it's not one I would go out of my way to replace, but this card overclocked to an incredible 720MHz core and I was interested to see if a better cooler could help it reach even headier heights.

The main part of the kit is obviously the cooler. The fan is described as a quiet 2-Ball bearing affair.

The base is a solid copper, with a considerable number of copper fins coming out of the base in a radial pattern. In the smaller section, the fins are much more densely packed while the large fins can be sprung with a wipe of a finger, giving off a pleasant tone. These fins increase the surface area of the heatsink, allowing more air to come into contact with copper. This principle is the same for pretty much any heatsink, but by having them in a radial pattern, it better matches the way air leaves the fan for more efficient cooling.

Also included is the above. You'll notice eight self-adhesive memory heatsinks, a selection of screws, a molex to three pin fan converter and some thermal paste. There are also detailed instructions included, which I duly followed.

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