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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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH (cont'd)
In the strictest definition, the ZM600-HP is not fully modular. As there are a few cables permanently attached. I feel it is beneficial to have the motherboard power cables hardwired to the PSU, as they are here. This power supply supports both 20- and 24-pin ATX mobos as well as 4- and 8-pin Aux power motherboards. EPS12V, originally adopted for server and dual-CPU applications, has been showing up on single CPU consumer boards with increasing frequency and native PSU support for these boards is a welcome sight. A single PCI-E cable is also supplied without modularity.
The other included modular cables plug into clearly labeled receptacles on the case.
Here's a graphical representation of the included cables and possible combinations. There are plenty of connectors and cable lengths are generous:
18" cable for main 20+4-pin ATX connector.
18" cable for 6-pin PCIe connector.
18" cable for CPU Aux power. 4-Pin X 2 can be combined for EPS12V 8-pin connector.
The modular cable lengths are:
19" cable for CPU Aux power. 4-Pin X 2 can be combined for EPS12V 8-pin connector.
18" cable for 6-pin PCIe power connector.
32" cable with three 4-pin IDE/ODD drive power connectors.
Two 32" cables with two 4-pin IDE/ODD drive power connectors and one floppy connector each.
Two 31" cables with three SATA drive power connectors each.
The ZM-DC1 allows the user to power case fans at either +5V or +12V from a 4-pin connector.
The cables are fully sleeved and the black mesh material is secured with zip ties under heatshrink to prevent fraying. “EZ Grip Connectors” on the 4-pin plugs make removing them from devices, well, easy. I'm a bit mystified regarding the need for two cables supporting 8-pin, +12V power, but it's provided. Gold plated pins and sockets will help minimize any voltage drop at the connectors. Just to nitpick a little, I always like to see a few right-angle SATA connectors, but it's not to be with this PSU. Let's open the case and see what's inside.