Impressive Cooling from Zalman

A little over a week ago in LA we met up with Zalman after E3 to talk about their new products. Back then they told us that they were working on a new CPU cooler, the 9500, that would offer better cooling than any conventional cooler on the market.

At Computex, Zalman introduced their new cooler:

The heatsink uses 3 heat pipes that are looped around the circular cooler.

Here is a picture of the 9500 in use on an ASUS SLI motherboard:

Like all previous Zalman coolers, the 9500 will be available as both an AMD and Intel cooler.

Zalman was also showing off their TNN 300 chassis, a smaller version of their TNN 500. Like its bigger brother, the TNN 300 is entirely passively cooled using the chassis as a heatsink for the network of heat pipes that runs throughout the case:

Even the power supply is passively cooled; the PSU is contained within the left door of the TNN 300 as you can see from the picture below - the motherboard plugs into the door.

The 350W Power Supply can be seen here, the power supply will power any single GPU graphics card without any problems

Unfortunately, the case will only accept micro ATX motherboards, which will limit its success in the channel market. There have been a number of system builders that have expressed interest in offering Media Center PCs based on the new TNN 300 however.

Below you can see the TNN 300 and the larger TNN 500 in the background:

Like the TNN 500, the 300 will be quite expensive. The current target price is around $800, which is much better than the $1300 that the TNN 500 is selling for but still extremely expensive for a case.

The TNN 300 uses heat pipes to cool the graphics card and CPU as well, so the only component making noise in your system will be your HDD. Like the TNN 500, the TNN 300 is just plain silent.

Water Cooling at the Show ASUS Motherboards
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  • yacoub - Wednesday, June 1, 2005 - link

    "#20 Gigabyte already offers a "silent heatpipe cooled" Radeon X800 XL card: "

    There are reports that the Gigabyte card does not fit in the SN25P case. =\
  • Momental - Wednesday, June 1, 2005 - link

    #29, I'm in total agreement with #31 here. Cool your jets there, killer. Sheesh! If Anand and his staff refused to sign that document, they wouldn't get past the door to even be able to give you a glimpse of new tech like this. Confidentiality is what these companines live and die by my friend, not NDA's.

    nVidia and ATi know what they're doing. They'll tell us everything we need to know about the card WHEN WE NEED TO KNOW. This ain't the time yet, bud.
  • hoppa - Wednesday, June 1, 2005 - link

    #29 It's not like anyone else has posted information about the G70 yet either. So either everyone is signing NDAs and, subsequently, getting screwed in the ass, or no one else is signing them and as a result don't get the information anyway because the companies won't give it away without an NDA.
  • DeathByDuke - Wednesday, June 1, 2005 - link

    #14 Asus/Abit both did legacy free mobos 2 years ago for P4 and XP. they just didnt 'take off'
  • Phiro - Wednesday, June 1, 2005 - link

    Anand & Crew: You seriously need to rethink your automatic signage of NDA's. This is ridiculous. You're at a trade show where they are SHOWING the card off. You're taking PICTURES of the card and posting them online. But you still can't talk about it yet!

    The bullshit here is that you keep signing such idiotic NDA's in the first place. YOU are the one responsible for this. Quit selling your soul for getting hardware a day early. Maybe at one point you thought you were getting a good deal, but from my viewpoint you're just getting screwed in the ass. Live by the NDA, die by the NDA.

  • FinFET - Wednesday, June 1, 2005 - link


    I believe the i-RAM is just using the PCI Slot for power, not to xfer data. That's why there is a SATA Connection on the board itself, which will connect directly to the mobo's SATA port.
  • CrystalBay - Wednesday, June 1, 2005 - link

    I agree #4&18 ULI with sataII southbridge is cool
  • shaw - Wednesday, June 1, 2005 - link

    #22 I too had a Ti4200 and was happy with it's performance, but I dumped it the second FarCry came out in favor for a 9800Pro with PS2.0 support.
  • erwos - Wednesday, June 1, 2005 - link

    "#10 - what was the SN26P slated to offer? It might just already be on its way to market and not worth showing off as a future product? "

    It was the nForce4 SLI XPC. You can see the obvious utility (SATA2, better hyper transport, SLI), especially since the SN25P used to be running a regular nForce4 (non-ultra).

    Of course, now that the SN25P is using the ultra variant of the NF4, there's even less reason for the 26P to go to market. SFF is a small market - so is SLI. It just wouldn't have that much appeal. Still, I wish it had come out...

  • erwos - Wednesday, June 1, 2005 - link

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