Zalman Fatal1ty FS-C77 CPU Cooler

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Zalman Fatal1ty FS-C77 CPU Cooler
Installation and Test Setup
Cooler Performance and Conclusion

Product: Zalman Fatal1ty FS-C77
Provided By: Zalman USA
Price: ~$85.00 CDN

Introduction:

Zalman has been making quiet coolers longer than most other manufacturers, and with their often radical designs they have been able to make quiet coolers that have great performance as well.  The CNPS9500 LED is an example of a work of art that offers very quiet performance.  Today we are looking at a new cooler from Zalman that doesn't use heatpipes.  Instead this monster relies on massive amounts of copper and a large fan to keep things cool and hopefully quiet to boot.  This cooler packs the branding of "Fatal1ty" the CPL gamer who has won a bunch of tournaments.  We'll also see how Zalman has flavored this cooler for Fatal1ty.

With the release of the last two coolers from Zalman, it seems that they are focusing on performance first and then making sure it's quiet enough to be called Zalman.  Keep in mind that this cooler doesn't pack along the CNPS (Computer Noise Prevention System).  It seems that it's meant for performance and not just silencing your computer.  They could have made it more CNPS-like if they had included a fan controller, but now I'm getting ahead of myself.

First Look:

The Zalman Fatal1ty FS-C77 cooler comes in a very slick looking retail package and is quite large.  This box will take up a bunch of room on the shelf at the computer store, but should catch your eye as well.  It allows you to view the cooler and appreciate the size and looks of this unit before you buy it.  Not a bad idea.  I don't know too many hardcore people who could turn down this cooler after looking at it for very long.  This cooler is a bit more costly than the CNPS9500LED, so it's a good idea to make sure that it will fit your motherboard before you shell out the $$$.

Front & Back Views
 Front & Back Views

Bundle o' Goodies
 Bundle o' Goodies



This bundle is complete.  The FS-C77 comes with everything you need to mount it on Socket 478, 775, 754, 939 & 940 platforms.  If you've got anything newer than a Socket A processor, you'll be good to go.  The package includes a back plate for Socket 754, 939 and 940 platforms as well as non-conductive washers, mounting screws, and some S-Type and L-Type clips for mounting the heatsink.  It also includes a couple of nipples to ensure that you get the proper tension on the clip.  If you're an Intel user, you'll have to use one of the other retention frames then carry on from there.  Thankfully a manual was included . . . more on that later.

Specs & Features:

Dimensions: 136(L) x 136(W) x 67(H)mm
Weight: 918g (Fan included)
Base Material: Pure Copper
Dissipation Area: 3,268 cm2
Bearing Type: 2 Ball-Bearing Sets
Speed: 2,400rpm ± 10%
Thermal Resistance: 0.17°C/W
Noise Level: 42.5dB ± 10%

1. Intel Pentium 4 (Socket 775/478), AMD Sempron / AMD64 (Socket 754/939/940) compatible design for broad compatibility.
2. 120mm fan (with red LEDs) mounted in the heatsink for maximum cooling efficiency.
3. Wide reach of air flow simultaneously cools the VGA card, Northbridge, FET, and RAM.
4. Pure Copper base material ensures excellent heat dissipation.

Closer Look:

The Zalman FS-C77 is a large cooler that sports a 120mm fan inside a spread of copper fins.  The fan contains several red LED's and has a soft glow when under load.

Unlike the CNPS9500 LED HSF we reviewed recently, the FS-C77 doesn't include any fan controller.  This is somewhat disappointing, and therefore fan controll will have to be done via BIOS settings or fan controlling software.

Close Up - Top
Close Up - Top

Close Up - Bottom
Close Up - Bottom

The base of the heatsink is very flat and quite smooth.  When you click on the "Base Finish" picture below, you will be able to see where the fins are sandwiched together.  In theory, this would allow a possibility of poorer thermal transfer than a base from a solid piece of copper, but we'll see how it performs in a few minutes.

 

Base Finish
 Base Finish

Zalman Pride
Zalman Pride

 

Each of the 126 fins on this heatsink are stamped with the name Zalman.  It's good to see that they take pride in this unit.  Hopefully, their pride will be well founded.  I honestly have my doubts.  It's larger than the CNPS9500 LED, but it doesn't have heatpipes, so it should be an interesting test.  Head over to the next page for a look at our test setup, then the performance numbers.