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).