Today we are looking at the Zero Infinity Phantom Knight CPU cooler, an aftermarket CPU cooler that looks impressive. As all modern CPU coolers, it supports all sockets that Intel and AMD’s later models use.
Zero Infinity is a relatively new company and their headquarters are located in China. They mainly specialise in power and thermal solutions for PC systems.
Let’s take a quick look at the Zero Infinity Phantom Knight specs:
A Closer Look – The Box
The Zero Infinity Phantom Knight comes in a purple and white cardbox. At the front side we can find an illustration of the cooler. At the back side of the box there is a picture of the cooler’s top side, which is in purple colour. At the sides of the box we can find information on compatibility, as well as a report on the specification and features of the cooler. It is mentioned that the cooler’s top plate can be changed, as there is a total of four cover colors to be chosen. It is obvious that Zero Infinity have given special attention to the cooler’s design. All components are safely packed and secured from damage using protective foam.
A Closer Look – Package and Accessories
The Zero Infinity Phantom Knight utilizes a stylish 2000RPM fan that has a black frame with seven purple blades, that are LED-illuminated.
Of course, inside the package you will also find the bracket and install components, categorized by socket type. Each socket has its own labeled bag.
At the above picture we can see the the plastic plate that holds the fan at the top of the CPU cooler, as well as the User’s Manual.
As mentioned on the box, there is a total of four differently coloured background plates to choose from.
A Closer Look – The Heatsink
The design and coloring of the Zero Infinity Phantom Knight is impresive, as it is finished flawlessly in black color. The heatsink feels solid at hand and it is reasonably sized.
There is black nickel everywhere in the Dual Parallel aluminium tower.
At the top side we find the slot from which the fan is inserted.
Above the base there is a heatsink block, which surely is a nice addition.
At the above picture we can see the base where the five massive heatpipes end. The finishing of the base is also perfect and there are no visible signs of machinery.
The mounting base comes in silver colour. The truth is that we would prefer to have it in black as well so that it would combine well with the rest of the structure in terms of design.
Installation, Test Setup and Procedures
The fan is fairly easy to install, you just insert it at the middle opening between the two sides of the heatsink and mount the top cover. Also the attachment unit of its ventilator is great and particularly adapted to the absorption of the vibrations. The manual explains everything in detail so that you can install the heatsink with no problems.
The machine’s specs on which we tested the cooler are:
Processor: Intel Core i7 920
Motherboard: Asus P6X85D
RAM: 6 GB Mushkin 6-7-6-18
VGA: Gigabyte GTX480 1536MB
HDD: Velocity Raptor 150GB
PSU: Nexus 1000W
Case: Thermaltake Armor VA8003BWS
Operating System: Windows 7 64-bit
We ran temperatures tests in two system states:
* Idle, i7 920 overclocked to 4GHz
* Full load, i7 920 overclocked to 4GHz-under prime 95
* Noise measurement under load system conditions
As you can plainly see, temperatures in either test are average. For the average user this cooler is going to perform well in comfortable temperature ranges; it just isn’t something we would recommend for overclocking your processor. The noise levels of the Zero Infinity Phantom Knight are considered average.
The Zero Infinity Phantom Knight is not a cooler we would use for extreme overclocking, but it is a fairly good replacement for the stock cooler as it performs significantly better and manages to beat many of its competitors. The design and finishing are top-notch and combined with the low price and easy installation, this is surely a cooler to consider. There are surely better CPU coolers in the market, but they cost noticeably more. Costing around 60 euros, we can surely say that the Phantom Knight is well worth the money.
(+) Good build quality
(+) Easy installation
(-) Medium performance