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 Shiva’s specs:
A Closer Look – The Box
The Zero Infinity Shiva comes in a white and purple cardbox. At the front side we can find an illustration of the actual cooler. At the two sides of the box you will find information on the cooler’s CPU compatibility as well as the cooler’s specs. All package contents are protected inside the box using hard protective foam material, and we can understand this as soon as we open the top of the box.
A Closer Look – Accessories
The cooler utilises two 90mm Zero Infinity fans that function at 2200RPM. They are nicely build and their frame is finished in black colour, while the blades are purple.
The fans are mounted onto the cooler using anti-vibration rubber pads.
Inside the box, you will also find a User’s Manual, the backplate and the mounting kits for each platform. The kits are in small plastic bags which have a sticker on them, indicating the platform for which the kit will be used.
Using schematics and instructions, the manual helps the user to install the cooler painlessly.
A Closer Look – The Heatsink
Overall, the construction quality is great and the heatsink feels great at hand. The body is finished in black colour, with the top being purple. At the top side of the heatsink we find the Zero Infinity logo encraved, nicely finished in a purple color. Heat is exhausted from the block to the fins by utilizing five heatpipes. It is quite unusual that they are finished in black colour and we wonder if this could have an impact on achieved temperatures. At the top of the base we also find a heatsink to further help in absorbing heat. The heatsink comes with a bracket pre-installed. Before using the cooler, it is essential to remove the protective film found at the base. The contact surface also utilises HDT type material.
Test Setup and Procedures
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(CPU Voltage at 1.32V)
- Full load, i7 920 overclocked to 4GHz-under prime 95(CPU Voltage at 1.32V)
- Noise measurement under load system conditions
We tested the Shiva against:
- Corsair A70
- Coolermaster V8
- Xigmatek Dark Knight
- Corsair A50
- Scythe Mugen 2
- Titan Hati
- Thermaltake Frio
- Prolimatech Megahalems
- Noctua NH-C14
- Noctua NH-D14
At idle mode, the Zero Infinity Shiva was average, achieving 35 degrees celsius.
There was no change with the system being at load state. The cooler’s performance was not impressive, but is considered typical for its price range.
As you can see from the results, we would not say that the Zero Infinity Shiva is a silent cooler. With the fan at 2200RPM and not featuring PWM, its noise levels were above average during our tests.
In general, we can say that the Zero Infinity Shiva is an effective, good alternative to stock coolers that will fit any PC case thanks to its small size. If you belong to the users who just want something more in cooling than the stock cooler, the Shiva is for you. It is worth mentioning that it has a great design, something that may attract potential buyers. However, we would not recommend it to power users who want to highly overclock their systems, as the cooling performance it offers is way less than other, more expensive after-market coolers. The retail price at the time of the review is 50.00€.
(+) Great design
(+) Good quality construction and materials
(-) Medium performance
(-) Not very quiet