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Review of updated Zowie BenQ Lineup








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Published on May 27, 2015

This is my review of the Zowie ZA11, ZA12 and ZA13.
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 Zowie ZA Series review













Published on Apr 23, 2015


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Published on Jul 10, 2014

The new Zowie FK1! Have any questions write a comment!

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Published on Feb 22, 2015

My Review of the Zowie G-SR Mousepad

Zowie G-SR Mousepad Review














It was really easy to apply!
on May 17, 2015
I used this stuff on an Intel i7 4720HQ and a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M in my Gigabyte P37K gaming notebook, and the difference in temperatures was surprising. I used the "no spread" method where you place a pea-sized amount in the middle of the components then just put the heat sink right on top without lifting back up.

Unfortunately I could not get any programs to read my GPU temps, but I have CPU temps. Here are my results:

Note: Gaming results were collected while playing GTA 5 on high graphics settings with v-sync for about an hour.

Stock Thermal Compound
Idling: ~130F (Average) 135F (Max)
Gaming: ~190F (Average) 205F (Max)

Gelid Solutions GC-Extreme
Idling: ~120F (Average) 125F (Max)
Gaming: ~175F (Average) 185 (Max)

That's a 10F difference while idling and 15F-25F difference while gaming. So of course this kept my processor from throttling itself down. So, I'd say this was money well-spent.

Added bonus: it was really easy to apply.




Incredible performance with this cooler! Worth every penny.
on July 11, 2014
I purchased this cooler to replace the ineffective and extraordinarily loud stock cooler that came on my 290X. I also had to purchase the GELID Solutions CL-R9290-01-A 290X enhancement kit for it to be 100% compatible. The stock cooler was barely able to keep my 290X under 80c while sounding like a leaf blower in the process. After installing this kit the temperature with the stock GELID fans dropped to 60c in game and 31c idle. However the fans are not PWM so they turned at a flat 2K rpm and produces an annoying resonance hum. Not having a fan controller I sought out a set of PWM 92mm fans to replace them with. After some searching I found a set of 92MM GELID retaining clips on Ebay (search for 92mm 9.2cm Case Fan Mounting Mount Kit for GELID). I then went with a pair of Noctua NF-B9 fans to replace the GELID fans. I also picked up a mini 4 pin GPU to 2 x 4-pin adapter to plug them into the card's fan header. Once installed I was able to reduce the gpu temp's another 15c in game and be virtually silent doing it. This is when running games like BF4 on ultra, and Skyrim on max with custom super high resolution mods in place.

Things to note for installation.

When you remove the stock cooler you must use a cleaning agent on the ram chips BEFORE you attempt to attach the heatsink tape. If you do not clean them very well with something like ArctiClean the tape will not adhere very well and the heatsinks can and will fall off.

The supplied TIM (thermal interface compound) that is supplied is OK but if you have a brand that you trust (for me it's Shin-Etsu) then by all means use that. I advise that you do a test application of TIM on the GPU and mount the cooler on it then pull it back off to see if the amount you applied gives adequate coverage. The last thing you want is for the GPU to have a bare spot from to little TIM being applied. This creates hot spots and could potentially damage the GPU.

Set aside a good hour to perform the installation as there are a lot of screws, double sided tape, and heatsinks to install. Be sure to read the instructions and take your time and test fit everything before you go installing it all.

Pros: amazing cooling performance compared to stock and simple installation for an aftermarket gpu cooler.
Cons: Non PWM fans and fans do make a little bit of a hum. You need to buy the supplement kit for full compatibility.

Bottom line this is a must have upgrade for anyone with a 290 or 290X with a stock cooler. The night and day difference it makes is amazing. No more heat related gpu throttling, and best of all it's all but silent now, no louder than a well built water cooling solution.




5 out of 5 stars!  Very nice cooler, with some tiny cautionaries 
on December 23, 2011
- very competent cooler
- not taller than the card
- quiet fans at low settings
- reasonable street price could be found

- while the heatsink looks well made, the included parts feel average, the screws breaks easily (see below)
- fans gets noisy at full setting (not sure about the claimed max 26dba)
- instructions could be better (but you shouldn't need it in the first place.)
- non pwm fans (ends up being a pro on my crappy HIS card which doesn't have pwm connector for the fan)
- sticks out the back of the card making it longer depending on where the actual GPU is on the board.
- makes your GPU card a 3 slot card instead of 2.


The fan on my crappy HIS HD6850 card became a jet engine after about three weeks. Since the stock cooler performed really bad anyways, I decided to mod it. After wasting a lot of time modding it and putting a super powerful fan on it, the temperature is still way higher than I like, so I decided to get an after market cooler.

After much research I narrowed my choices of after market GPU coolers to Arctic Accelero TWIN TURBO Pro, Zalman VF3000A, and this.

Base on reading a lot of reviews, all three are very competent coolers and performances are very comparable, even though the VF3000A may have a negligible edge ahead.

I have Arctic case fans and I like those, plus the Accelero seems the cheapest of the three, so it was my first choice, but too bad its protruding heat pipes made the heatsink too tall for my HTPC case, so it's out.

Zalman has established itself with a good reputation and VF3000A generally gets praises for its quality and performances, so that's my next choice. Its height also meets my need. Had I found a good street price, this would've been my cooler. And then I saw some complains about its fans and also it doesn't have as many ram heatsinks, so I started looking into GELID icy vision.

Ultimately I found the things that matter to me icy vision meets my needs so I bought it since I found a good deal on it. It seems a lot of the complains is that its instruction is lacking and difficult to install, which I was quite skeptical. How difficult could it be to install a heatsink? Either it fits or it doesn't, end of story.


After I got it, first impression it generally exceeds my expectation: good size and definitely will fit my HTPC case. Fans looks good. The contact plate is shinny and flat. Lots of parts and nicely separated and packaged into small zip loc bags. Instructions are actually better than I expected. Each part is clearly pictured and described. The installation steps for both nvidia and ati cards are listed.

Of course as other reviews noted, the fans are not pwm, but the cables are nicely sleeved. Of course not pwm ends up being a good thing for me because my card is too cheap to come with pwm connector and instead control the fan with voltage instead.

Since this will fit both nvidia and ati cards you will find a bunch of parts (screws & heatsinks) that may not be applicable to you depending on which card you have. Without the instructions it might take a bit a fiddling to figure out, but should be easy enough, of course with instructions it's just a matter of looking it up.

After figuring out the parts needed it's just a matter of lining up and applying thermo paste and securing it on the card. The whole process was smooth with almost no major incident. A small problem was when I was securing the nut on the screw while attaching it on the heatsink, I applied a little too much force with the screw driver, and I promptly twisted the screw into two pieces. *** So definitely becarefuly not to use too much force when tightening the nuts on the screws. *** Luckily there are extras so I was able to finish installing it.

Installing the ram/vrm heatsinks was quite straightfoward. It was too obvious which one goes where so I am not sure about some of the complains about that. The sticky pad was a bit tricky to peel, but using something with a sharp point (like a toothpick) I was able to go through them in a breeze. The heatsinks feel quite secured on the ram chips.

To make sure the heatsink is making good contact with the GPU, I applied thermo paste and press the heatsink on and then took it off to make sure the paste ends up on the heatsink. After that I reapplied the paste and fully installed the heatsink and secured the screws with the nuts. The whole installation took about 30 minutes.

Since the GPU chip is at the center of the board, I got a good part of the heatsink sticking out the back of the card so now it's effectively longer, luckily still fits my case. Of course now it also blocks 1 of my SATA ports, which I don't use though. So if you have a tight space make sure you check.


Even though I was expecting it, I was still amazed the level of temperatures I could get. With fans running 50%, compare to the stock cooler, on idle, my temperature dropped about 8C, but on load with OCCT, it dropped a good solid ~25C. Finally I am happy that right now in winter, my GPU temp hovers above 50 C instead of above 70C, so I am ready for summer. If I run the fans at 100% I could get another 5C drop so I get right at about 50C under load. Compare to the stock cooler, running the fans at lowest my temp still get about 18C drop under heavy load.

The fans are very quiet at low setting (nearly silent unless I stick my ears about 1 feet away). However, at 50% to 100%, they start to make high pitch whinning sound. Compare to a 24dba 92mm Arctic fan I have, they are much louder, so I am not sure about their claim of max 26dba.

Overall I am very happy with this cooler. Everything that matters it exceeded my expectations. Also, looks like it will be fairly easy to mod it and put some different fans on it, but the fans it came with are quite good already so no need for that.









Awesome :0 
on December 12, 2011
Excelent Product, building quality is very good, tough there should be protection for fingers (almost lost a nail when testing). Used in a GTX 560 Ti from EVGA, went from 92-95 Celcius to a max of 55!. 1020/2040/2500 for the ones interested :)
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