Zalman ZM600-HP Heatpipe Cooled PSU - ZM600-HP - Closer Look

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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

Closer Look:

Modular power supplies are all the rage right now - and rightly so.  They offer convenience and less cable clutter as you connect only the cables that you need.  The picture below shows off all the connectors, many of which are somewhat proprietary to Zalman PSU's; unlike OCZ which uses standard Molex or PCIe ends on the PSU side.

Modular Connections
Modular Connections

Below is a diagram taken from Zalman's site to show how everything hooks up to this unit.  Click the image for a larger picture.

Lead Diagram
Lead Diagram

If you want to open the PSU and see what is inside, you will void your warranty, so we did it for you.  It requires the simple removal of four screws and you're in.  As you can see below, there really isn't a whole lot going on inside the PSU.  Although the components seem to be quiet small, keep in mind that most of the bulk inside a power supply is heatsinks.  Because the ZM600-HP uses a heatpipe cooler, the voltage regulators don't have massive heatsinks strapped to them.

Inside View
 Inside View

HeatPipe Cooler
 HeatPipe Cooler

It does look pretty empty inside and in a few minutes we'll take a look and see how well it can regulate voltage.