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Almost all alternative coolers for graphics cards have one common drawback: they block at least one and in most cases – two PCI slots on the mainboard. At the same time, it is better to keep the third PC slot empty in order to ensure that there is proper airflow coming to the cooler fans. This way, you improve the graphics card cooling and lower the level of noise by losing two or even three PCI slots on your mainboard. As a result, very often the users have to give up the idea of replacing their reference VGA cooler with a more efficient and quieter alternative. The South Korean ZEROtherm Company decided to solve this issue once and for all and launched a new graphics card cooler called CoolMaxx 4000.

I have to say, though, that the new cooler is not really universal and has a number of compatibility restrictions. But, we will dwell on them a little later today, and in the meanwhile let’s meet the new ZEROtherm CoolMaxx 4000!

Packaging and Accessories

The box is made of thick glossy cardboard. It is very bright and has ton of color in its design:


The key features of the cooler are marked with individual icons on the front of the package. There is also a photograph of the cooler and a list of compatible graphics accelerators. The back of the box offers technical specifications of the cooler, its dimensions and a list of included accessories.

ZEROtherm CoolMaxx 4000 is bundled with the following items:

  • Fan power cable for the three-pin mainboard connector;
  • Retention screws and mounts;
  • Two tubes with ZEROtherm ZT-100 thermal paste (3.1 W/m°K);
  • Eight aluminum heatsinks for video memory chips;
  • Rubber washers for the screws;
  • Installation guide.

The cooler is made in South Korea. Its MSRP is set at $54.90.

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