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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  • vailr - Wednesday, June 1, 2005 - link

    #20 Gigabyte already offers a "silent heatpipe cooled" Radeon X800 XL card:
  • at80eighty - Wednesday, June 1, 2005 - link

    Vapor ware issues aside... i have a Ti4200 (happy with it too)

    but have been saving up for my next rig in about 6-9 months..

    so far i was looking at 6800GT (possibly SLI) config..

    question is.. should i wait for the G70?

    Anand? anyone?
  • Warder45 - Wednesday, June 1, 2005 - link

    So are we going to see anything other then photo's of the G70?
  • yacoub - 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?

    Btw the "PowerColor completely passively cooled X800 XL" is sexy. I want one of those to go in the SN25P I'm considering building, to keep down on the noise. I just wonder if a passively cooled card would be better in a full-size case where there is more space around the card for it to cool off. Hmmm... if Anand ever does more SN25P testing I'd like to see how that new Powercolor X800 XL holds up temp-wise in such a small case.
  • erwos - Wednesday, June 1, 2005 - link

    "DFI is my new hero. First reputable company mobo I've seen w/o legacy ports. Let's keep moving in that direction - less legacy more USB/FW2!"

    Abit did a series of boards without any legacy components at least a year ago - and I think it was more like 2-3. Believe it or not, lots people actually complained that they needed the PS/2 ports, and Abit had to put them back on the newer versions of those boards.

  • Araemo - Wednesday, June 1, 2005 - link

    ULi's AGP south bridge caught my eye. If it's compatible with the ATI crossfire(Or otherwise?) north bridges, could we see an ATI based motherboard supporting both PCIe 16x and AGP, using that ULi south bridge? That would be perfect for my friend who just bought a 9800 pro for his aging KT133a, only to find out it will NOT work in his current motherboard.. He's looking to upgrade the mobo/cpu/ram(Athlon 1.4 + pc133 ram.. so the whole thing has to get upgraded at once really).. A nice new S939 motherboard with an ATI or ULi northbridge and the ULi AGP southbridge would be perfect, without making him buy ANOTHER new mobo/cpu/ram when he wants an PCIe video card in 3 years.
  • vailr - Wednesday, June 1, 2005 - link

    That Zalman 9500 CPU cooler looks excellent: any temperature readings?
    Sapphire is supposed to soon be offering a "liquid metal Gallium" VPU cooler. Or, any sightings of a similar technology, CPU cooler?
  • shaw - Wednesday, June 1, 2005 - link

    Nice update! I'm still waiting for somebody to blow the whistle on the next gen GPUs.
  • vailr - Wednesday, June 1, 2005 - link

    Won't Abit's newer versions of nForce4 boards be transitioning to their "silent Q-OTES", instead of the fan-cooled board pictured?
    From the many motherboards shown, only the Abit and DFI boards seem to be getting rid of the legacy parallel and serial ports. I'd like to see more legacy-free boards from ASUS, AOpen, MSI, Foxconn, and others.
    And, are there any boards using SiS chipsets, that can compete with socket 939, nForce4 boards?
  • Aquila76 - Wednesday, June 1, 2005 - link

    DFI is my new hero. First reputable company mobo I've seen w/o legacy ports. Let's keep moving in that direction - less legacy more USB/FW2!

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