by David, 4 July 2001
a company that came to fame when it introduced a revolutionary new
design in CPU cooler technology, stressing the maximum reduction
of noise while compromising as little as possible in performance.
Their famous fan shaped heatsink fan combination is available in
various types of materials such as copper and also gold plated copper.
After I had heard and read about their obvious good looks, as well
as their performance potential, I decided to try it out for myself.
Off went an email to Zalman, which came back with a positive reply.
Initially I was to receive the CNPS3100 and the ZM17-CU, a copper-finned
VGA cooler (review to come later). When I received the package,
I was surprised to see a bonus of the CNPS5000-Plus, which is to
be reviewed soon also.
for Computer Noise Prevention System, which happens to be Zalman's
aim, in which to provide maximum cooling at minimum noise. To date,
practically all of their products incorporate an option to run their
coolers in silent or normal mode, thus the inclusion of the noiseless
came in very interesting packaging, where the various components
and extra parts were arranged very nicely inside the box, so as
to reduce the possibility of damage to the heatsink itself, which
is made of copper. The contents of the package consisted of:
- FHS :ZM65BC-CU
- NP FAN &
- Thermal grease
- Screw bolts
heatsink and its clip were secured nice and snug within the box,
so you dont have to worry about the heatsink coming to your hands
in a deformed state. Zalman took the necessary precautions to protect
the easily deformable copper fins of its heatsink. The fan used
was an 80mm fan, mounted onto a bracket of sorts, which in turn,
is to be mounted to your case, onto the part of the case where your
graphics / PCI / ISA cards are secured. A noiseless connector, consisting
of a resistor mounted in between a male and female 3-pin power connector.
A small booklet
detailing the various stages of oxidisation of copper was also included.
Within the booklet also was detailed instructions on how to install
the heatsink itself, as well as details on the various models of
the fan heatsink available. The booklet was worded both in Korean
and English, and the English used in the booklet was surprisingly
easily understandable and well written, compared to other manuals
I have seen coming from non-western based companies in the past.
There is a small
syringe of thermal compound included, which is really nice of Zalman
to do. Not many heatsink/fan manufacturers include thermal compound
with their products. Included also are a small bag of 3 screw bolts,
which are used to mount the bracket and 80mm fan to the casing.