Zerotherm Zen CPU Cooler FZ120 Review


Zen and the Art of the Heatsink

It seems like I’ve gotten a lot of cooling hardware to review since I joined the OCmodshop team. Fact is, I’ve only done four. But when I do two in a row I start to get the feeling that my boss is trying to tell me something. My first thought was that perhaps cooling products are hot on the market right now and we need to bite while its still steaming. Then I considered that maybe there are just a bunch of new ones and I’m the one that the boss saw fit to pawn them off on. I prefer to think that he just thinks I’m really hot and I need to cool off.

ZEROtherm has introduced the Zen FZ120 to help me chill out. Okay, I’m lying. It was really created to make sure the inside of your PC case looks like something designed by NASA. Seriously, it looks like this thing is some kind of nuclear core for a space engine. It’s nothing special to look at. Six heatpipes buried in a standard-looking radiator style heatsink with a copper base. What makes it so scary looking? Its monstrous size probably wouldn’t fit in most mini ATX cases. Optimized for Core 2 Quad/Duo processors, it was made to take the heat. And kick its tookus.

Key Features
Best Performance among 120mm air cooling CPU coolers Effective 8-line Heat pipe effect Honeycomb structure for optimized air flow. More than 6,827 ?
heat dissipation area
120mm fan for max. air-flow (up to .7 CFM)
(Automatic Fan Contron)
Silence Innovations
Min. 19 .5 dBA at 1,100 rpm
Max. 31.4 dBA at 1,800 rpm
Support Latest Intel CPUs Support Latest AMD CPUs
ZEROtherm FZ120 Specifications
Dimensions 126 X 61 X 156 mm (4.96 X 2.40 X 6.14 inch)
Weight 670g (Without Clip Components)
Matreials FIN Aluminum
Base Copper
Heat Pipe Copper
Heat Dissipation Area 6,827 cm² (1,058 inch²)
Cooling Capacity Over 150W
Fan Size 120 X 25 mm (4.72 X 0.98 inch)
Fans Speed 1,100 ~ 1,800 rpm (± 10%)
Acoustic Noise Min. 19.5 ~ Max. 31.4 dBA (± 10%)
Connector 4 Pin, PWM
Operating Voltage 5.0 ~ 13.8 VDC
Airflow Rate 59.48 CFM