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Two Zalman CPU Coolers Pick Up CES 2013 Awards

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Two Zalman CPU coolers won the Innovations Design and Engineering Award at CES 2013

While heading to an appointment, I happened to spot two coolers from Zalman on display at the front of their "booth", sporting a Innovations Design and Engineering Award given by CES 2013. The devices are listed as honorees in the Computer Hardware & Components category along with items from the likes of Dell, Lenovo, Samsung Electronics among others.

"The Best of Innovations designation is awarded to products with the highest judges’ scores," the CEA states. "CES Innovations Awards entries are judged on overall engineering qualities related to technical specifications and materials, aesthetics and design qualities, the product’s intended use and function, unique features and how the design and innovation of the product compares to others in the marketplace."

One of the two coolers from Zalman that landed the CES award is the CNPS FX100-Cube fanless CPU cooler which does not draw dust or generate vibrations due to its passive operation. It's comprised of corrosion-proof, black pearl nickel-plated aluminum, and ten quality heatpipes with maximized heat transfer ability. The dimensions are 156(L) x 156(W) x 157(H)-mm, and it weighs 770g.

For overclockers, the FX100-Cube also has an optional fan measuring 92 x 92 x 25(H)-mm, and has a speed of 650 to 1,200 rpm ± 10-percent. Speed adjustment is made via PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) and the overall noise level is 17 to 21 rpm ± 10-percent.

Zalman's other award-winning CPU cooler, the Reserator 3, is a closed-loop liquid cooler hybrid featuring the reliability and low maintenance of a traditional cooler, and the quietness and performance of a liquid cooler. It provides up to 400W of ultra silent cooling, comprising of a 120-mm blue LED fan, a dual radial radiator and a high efficient water pump.

On the dimensions front, the water block and pump (enclosed) measures 65 x 65 x 32(H)-mm and the radiator measures 154(L) x 120(W) x 32(H)-mm. The fan itself is 120 x 120 x 25(H)-mm and comprises of black pearl nickel-plated aluminum. Other features include Multiple-heatpipe Pressing Joints (MPJ) that secures and maximizes long distance heat transfer, and minimizes thermal resistance.

Both Zalman coolers are compatible with most desktop CPU sockets and can be fitted into a middle tower case (with a width of 180-mm).

 

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    kracker , January 14, 2013 10:48 PM
    Man... they look... Big.
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    kracker , January 14, 2013 10:48 PM
    Man... they look... Big.
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    ikyung , January 14, 2013 10:52 PM
    krackerMan... they look... Big.

    Haha was about to say the same thing. Those things look HUGE
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    Cons29 , January 14, 2013 11:13 PM
    i don't think i can clean the first one, kinda like cm v8, the 2nd one, how do you replace the fan? but it's unique
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    A Bad Day , January 14, 2013 11:14 PM
    The passive heatsink looks like it could snap the motherboard and tear out the socket if someone bumped or carried the desktop case the wrong way...
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    Sakkura , January 14, 2013 11:17 PM
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    For overclockers, the FX100-Cube also has an optional fan measuring 92 x 92 x 25(H)-mm, and has a speed of 650 to 1,200 rpm ± 10-percent. Speed adjustment is made via PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) and the overall noise level is 17 to 21 rpm ± 10-percent.

    Might want to change that RPM nonsense to dB or dBA.
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    unksol , January 14, 2013 11:20 PM
    The closed loop liquid looks big because of the integrated fan. Those worried about the fan... Had their similar air cooler for 4 years no issues. Its in a box to be reused on another build.

    The cube HAS to be massive as its passive, and only rated for 77W. Which is HORRIBLE.

    The closed loop looks very zalman. The cube... does not. Disappointed in them
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    TheBigTroll , January 14, 2013 11:40 PM
    if it has a noctua like mounting system, it should be fine.
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    unksol , January 14, 2013 11:45 PM
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    Soda-88 , January 14, 2013 11:49 PM
    What the... only 770g in that cube? My Scythe Yasya weighs more than that...
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    unksol , January 14, 2013 11:53 PM
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    What the... only 770g in that cube? My Scythe Yasya weighs more than that...


    It LOOKS like there is a lot of plastic in the cube? Maybe that explains the low 77W rating?
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    A Bad Day , January 15, 2013 12:22 AM
    unksolThe cube HAS to be massive as its passive, and only rated for 77W. Which is HORRIBLE.The closed loop looks very zalman. The cube... does not. Disappointed in them


    I've seen passive heatsinks that could do better than that, especially the extremely rare ones that are completely made of copper.
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    jnkweaver , January 15, 2013 12:24 AM
    and the overall noise level is 17 to 21 rpm ± 10-percent.


    Since when is noise measured in RPM?
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    JamesSneed , January 15, 2013 1:06 AM
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    and the overall noise level is 17 to 21 rpm ± 10-percent.


    Since when is noise measured in RPM?



    Good ole toms typo-ed it, should be dBA. I did check specs and replacing rpm with dBA all is right in the world.
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    hitman400 , January 15, 2013 1:31 AM
    Can anyone explain closed-loop liquid coolers? How does this work? Do you have to change the liquid in it and if yes, how?
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    A Bad Day , January 15, 2013 2:24 AM
    hitman400Can anyone explain closed-loop liquid coolers? How does this work? Do you have to change the liquid in it and if yes, how?


    Closed-loop liquid coolers are pre-fabricated water cooling systems. There's no need to change the liquid, though should they ever leak (unlikely depending on the build quality), your best bet is to RMA or replace it.

    I would only recommend them if you're concerned about breaking your motherboard from the weight of big air coolers, or if your case is too small for the big air coolers.
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    swordrage , January 15, 2013 3:25 AM
    hitman400Can anyone explain closed-loop liquid coolers? How does this work? Do you have to change the liquid in it and if yes, how?


    No, you don't have to change the liquid. they are filled with highly purified water or some other coolant. They require less maintenance than open loop ones.
    And about the principle, it's all over the internet.
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    fuzzion , January 15, 2013 4:12 AM
    Someday i am going to make a cpu and gpu cooler out of my old electric fan car radiator. that would be Gnarly!
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    pocketdrummer , January 15, 2013 6:53 AM
    I can't be the only one here that realizes the closed loop cooler will be blowing hot air all around the inside of the case. It's mounted to the back, but the sides are open. Where do you think that air is going to go?
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    catchercradle , January 15, 2013 7:40 AM
    Shame 17-21 rpm would make for a very quiet fan!
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    JonnyDough , January 15, 2013 7:47 AM
    unksolThe closed loop liquid looks big because of the integrated fan. Those worried about the fan... Had their similar air cooler for 4 years no issues. Its in a box to be reused on another build.The cube HAS to be massive as its passive, and only rated for 77W. Which is HORRIBLE.The closed loop looks very zalman. The cube... does not. Disappointed in them


    Why is 77w horrible? You realize that CPUs are only being made more power efficient and smaller these days...not bigger and more power hungry. We've reached the point where all workstation and home computers are powerful enough. Now manufacturers are focusing on lowering the TDP. So 77w will soon be less. Zalman and all of the other cooler makers are realizing that overclocking is dying, and so are the days of huge heatsinks and computer chips hot enough to fry eggs on.
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