To be quite honest with you, the last time I used Zalman products to cool my graphics cards was back when it was the hip thing to turn the mundane X800GTO into the X850XTPE.
Back then coolers were much smaller, but even so, Zalman seemed to be ahead of the game as far as what coolers offered the best bang for the buck.
This is back when taking a VF700, or for a little more money, you could get the VF900 and really open the cards up in overclocking and overvolting potential.
Heck, I even stripped my VF900 off the X800 and moved it over to my X1950PRO and it was more than capable for that card as well.
As you can see, I missed the usage of quite a few of Zalman’s coolers since then. Since, they have released coolers like the VFN100 and the VF1000 coolers that likely were the beginnings of this new samples life. Now Zalman has also kept within the same idea as the VF700 and VF900 coolers, and they evolved into coolers like the VF950 and VF2000. As with any manufacturer, they have to start somewhere and build from there. From what I can remember with the coolers that helped make Zalman the company it is today, they were top notch for the money that was required.
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