Date: November 23rd, 2006
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Zalman USA
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ZALMAN ZM600-HP INTRODUCTION
If you spend as much time as I do scanning the various forum sites for new information, you've undoubtedly seen something like the following.
Uberdweeb: I just upgraded with a new top-of-the-line mobo, vid card and memory and had nothing but trouble. Random crashes and BSODs. I RMAed everything and still have problems. What should I do?
Mod69: What power supply are you running?
Uberdweeb: It's my old standby, the POS 1500 watter I've used forever. Got it for $29.95 and it's really cool looking. It's got plenty of power. It says so on the label.
You can imagine the feeding frenzy that ensues. Now, I like a bargain as much as the next guy (maybe more.) However, I've learned the hard way that you should NEVER scrimp on the power supply. This is doubly true when building a performance rig that you're going to overclock and/or game with. Troubleshooting an uncooperative system is frustrating enough, much less throwing a questionable PSU into the mix.
While Zalman isn't as prolific as some PSU suppliers, they put out some very good units. I “lent” a Zalman PSU to a friend of mine who was having trouble with a new high-end build. It worked too well, I still haven't got it back.
Up for review this time is Zalman's newest power supply offering, the ZM600-HP. Targeting the enthusiast market, this 600 Watt PSU has plenty of power and some very interesting and innovative features.
ZALMAN CORPORATE PROFILE
Despite the fact that computers have become commonplace at home and at workplaces for a long time, true user-friendliness of the computers is still a long shot. At Zalman Tech, we strive to make that goal a closer reality through extensive research and development of our products. We were the world's first in reducing computer noise down to lower than 20dB, thus creating a more user-friendly computing environment. Now it is possible to use a computer without distracting noise and to form high fidelity audio system or home theatre system without ambient noise.
Zalman Tech will continue to make efforts at creating more enhanced levels of user-friendliness in computing; we believe that we have the ability and determination to achieve this goal. Your support and interest are greatly appreciated.