Zalman ZM600-HP Heatpipe Cooled PSU

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Zalman ZM600-HP Heatpipe Cooled PSU
ZM600-HP - Closer Look
ZM600-HP - Specs, Rails and More
ZM600-HP Testing and Conclusion

Product: Zalman ZM600-HP PSU
Provided By: ZalmanUSA
Price: ~ $154 CDN Online

Introduction:

Today's hardware requires a lot more power than in the past.  When I picked up my first 350W PSU, many people I knew thought I was a little extreme because that was ridiculously overpowered for the day.  It powered an Athlon T-Bird 1GHz, a GeForce 2MX, a 40GB Hard Drive and a 12x LiteOn CDRW.  That was a pretty decent system for the day, and a 350W unit was a little on the large side.  My how times have changed!  The only systems that ship with 350W power supplies these days belong to Dell, HP or Acer, and are super value systems.  For the enthusiast market we see 500W minimum requirements and often see 700W + on high end systems.

ZM600-HP - Box
ZM600-HP - Box

Today we are looking at the latest power supply from Zalman - the ZM600-HP to see if their 600W Modular unit has enough power for most people.  We will take a look at performance, functionality and the features of this unit to find out if it offers what you need to keep you running stable.

Bundle & First Look:

Many power supplies today are modular, and Zalman follows this example for the most part.  The ZM600-HP is not complete modular as the main power leads are hardwired into the unit and are not removable.  The additional power connectors are modular however.

Bundle Of Cables
Bundle Of Cables

Included in the bundle of cables pictured above are actually seven individual leads that provide 7 Molex, 2 Floppy, 6 SATA, CPU #2 Power, and PCIe #2 connections.  This unit has more connections that many power supplies out there and promises stable power with its four +12v rails.

PSU Back / Label
 PSU Back / Label

PSU Back / Bottom
 PSU Back / Bottom

The ZM600-HP uses a nice large 120mm fan that always spun very slowly during testing and was inaudible no matter how much we connected to the system.  The back of the PSU has a very open honeycomb mesh that allows unrestricted airflow and gives us a peek at the heatpipe cooler inside.

On the next page we'll take a closer look at the modular connectors and take a peek inside.