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Zalman ZM600-HP 600W Power Supply

The Zalman ZM600-HP power supply is an awesome power supply. Our voltage stability test results show that it is really capable of maintaining a very stable voltage, even under heavy loads. We do have a few dislikes here and there, but they are nothing compared to its stability and silence

We are not very happy with the capacitors used in this power supply though. Although it was produced by Fortron, Zalman should have insisted on better quality capacitors. After all, Corsair upgraded the capacitors on their HX PSUs, which are also OEM PSUs.

With that said, and in spite of the capacitors used, this is still a very good PSU. Although the rails are not as well calibrated as PSUs from PC Power & Cooling, Enermax or Zippy, they are really stable and that is still something to behold. You don't see this kind of performance from el cheapo power supplies.

Of course, there are things that Zalman can improve on in future models. For example, spreading out the fins on the heatpipe cooler and upgrading the capacitors. But as it is right now, the Zalman ZM600-HP is one silent and steady beast. Even if you can get a Seasonic S12 at the same price, I'd still recommend this Zalman PSU instead.

With a price tag of around $120, this may be pricier than other 600W power supplies, but if you are looking for a quiet and powerful solution, this is a power supply you should consider.

In addition to providing four 12V rails that can give you a total current draw of 42A, this power supply also comes with a heatpipe-based cooler with a large, quiet 120mm fan. It also boasts an efficiency of 84% and a power factor of 99% with active PFC.

The ZM600-HP also comes with a modular cable system for non-essential power cables. All the cables, both fixed and modular, are rounded and sleeved. This is great because it improves air circulation as well as allow you to customize and manage the cables for a neater system.

You can get a 600W power supply for less, but it's unlikely that you will be able to find them equipped with all those features. Its quiet and very stable performance will especially be hard to beat.

For more details, read our Comprehensive Review!

MSRP

• NA

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Review

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Available Colours • Black

DC Power Output

• 600 W

Power Factor Correction (PFC)

• Active
• Power Factor (PF) 99% maximum
• Compliant with line harmonic distortion requirements of IEC61000-3-2 Class D

Dual-Core CPU Support

• Intel Core 2 series
• AMD Athlon64 X2 series

Dual-Graphics Card System (SLi) Support

• Supports NVIDIA SLi dual graphic card systems through dual PCI Express VGA 6-Pin power connectors

12V DC Output Rails 4 Rails
Power Supply Circuitry Information Four rectifier diodes for 12V output
• Two bridge diodes for reduced heat generated in AC to DC conversion

Cooling

• Heatpipe on rectifier diodes
• 2-ball bearing, low-RPM 120 mm fan

Efficiency

• 84% Maximum @ 230 V AC (Full and Typical Load)

Maximum Loads

• + 12 V DC 1 : 16 A
• + 12 V DC 2 : 16 A
• + 12 V DC 3 : 16 A
• + 12 V DC 4 : 16 A
• + 5 V DC : 24 A
• + 3.3 V DC : 24 A
• - 12 V DC : 0.5 A
• + 5 V SB : 2.5 A

ATX Main Connector

• ATX20+4 Pin

EPS12V CPU
8-Pin Connector

• Available through combining two supplied ATX12V CPU 2x2 (4-Pin)

Cables

• Modular (only for ODD/HDD, SATA, CPU2, PCIE2 cables)
• Sleeved in black
• Using black EZ Grip connectors

Extra Features

• Gold plated terminals
• Internal blue LED lights

Certifications

• Complies with WEEE & RoHS Environmental Directives of Europe.
• Complies with ATX12V Version 2.2

Dimensions

• 150 mm long
• 165 mm wide
• 86 mm high

Operational Temperature • 0 °C to +50 °C
Storage Temperature • -20 °C to +80 °C

Protection Features

• Over Voltage Protection (OVP)
• Over Current Protection (OCP)
• Short Circuit Protection (SCP)
• Under Voltage Protection (UVP)
• Over Temperature Protection (OTP)

Warranty

• Three years limited warranty

Package Contents

• One Zalman ZM600-HP power supply unit
• One manual

• One Zalman multi-connector (ZM-DC1)
• One PCI-Express2 modular cable
• One CPU2 modular cable
• Two SATA modular cables
• Two (2-Molex + FDD) modular cables

• One 3-Molex modular cable

 

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