Over the last few months, Purav and I have been keeping an eye on new technology across the case and cooling industry. In the next few pages we will show off some of the newer cases, power supplies and heatsinks that have peaked our particular attention.

Zalman TNN-500A

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We first saw the Totally No Noise case in September, around the same time as Computex. The case still has not quite penetrated the market and has undergone some changes, but it is making its way to the US and Europe; slowly but surely. The TNN-500A is unique because it contains no active cooling components. Heat from the CPU, video card and motherboard is dissipated solely via heat pipes.

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As sort of an added bonus, the lack of fans on the TNN-500A also significantly lowers the power draw (particularly on the 12V rails). In fact, our TNN-500A sample runs a stable Athlon 64 with Radeon 9700 Pro on less than 200W (although the integrated power supply supports up to 300W).

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A solid block of copper sits on the CPU, and is then sinked by 6 heatpipes anchored onto the 7mm aluminum chassis. Without moving components, the case is able to sink 150W!

We have a full review of the TNN-500A coming up in the near future, but we thought we would take a few pictures to gaze over before we release our very in depth analysis.

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  • Zepper - Tuesday, April 6, 2004 - link

    It would be nice if you scouted out who actually makes some of these PSUs. Just like Antec cases, lots of these PSUs are OEMed, e.g. the Zalman are actually made by Fortron... You can find out by looking up the UL file number (Exxxxxx)found under the RU symbol on the label, at ul.com . Always nice to be able to cut one more mouth out of the money trough.
  • KristopherKubicki - Monday, April 5, 2004 - link

    Oh wait, Antec doesnt make cases....


  • Icewind - Monday, April 5, 2004 - link

    I wish Antec would get their asses in gear and make some aluminum cases....
  • mkruer - Monday, April 5, 2004 - link

    I want to see a review on just passive cooling Heatsinks, no water, phase change, or fan.
  • tfranzese - Monday, April 5, 2004 - link

    An even more minor typo:

    "We have always relied on Enermax for ARE high performance, well manufactured (and usually expensive) power supplies."

    think that should be OUR ;)
  • mcveigh - Sunday, April 4, 2004 - link

    [q]Wow that is one big case[/q]

  • amdfanboy - Sunday, April 4, 2004 - link

    Wow that is one big case
  • Locutus4657 - Sunday, April 4, 2004 - link

    All I have to say is wow! That SuperFlow PS is just cool! It'd may never find a home in any computer I build (specs are much more important than looks for me whe it comes to power supplies), but that is just danged cool.
  • KristopherKubicki - Sunday, April 4, 2004 - link

    hehe yeah its joules - misprint on Zalman's site.

  • rsa4046 - Sunday, April 4, 2004 - link

    Sorry -- didn't see Chuckles' post ...

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