CES 2013 PureOC Coverage
We caught up with Zalman at the Las Vegas Convention Center South Hall to take a look at what they had in store for the 2013 year, and the first set of hardware we came across was the 2 new CPU Coolers they had available. Not only were they on display, but they also took the Showcase Award at CES 2013.
Here is a quick snap shot of the 2 coolers side-by-side.
You may have seen some PR release on the new Zalman AIO Cooler a few months ago. We have the first chance to take a look at this cooler up close and personal. One thing we have to comment on is that its great to see Zalman take a step outside of the box and create their own AIO Cooler. There are ton of manufacturers right now with AIO Water Coolers; however, most have used OEM maker Asetek or Coolit to make their coolers. We have started to see many of them look the same. Sometimes its just great to see something a little different for a refreshing look.
One thing Zalman has been known for is its flower shape designed coolers. If you have followed Zalman in the past you will notice they are popular for the round design coolers, unlike other makers using the traditional square.
Looking at the base of its fin design you will see 2 heatpipes that run along the internal of the round shaped fins to assist in cooling. While this design is slightly different, we are wondering how cooling performance will be. This unit is not for sale at the moment; however, Zalman is looking to have this cooler out in the market around Q2 2013 and we will start to see benchmarks. We will be keeping a close eye on this unit until then. This Zalman CI Water Cooler has a capability to support 400w silent cooling and we can’t wait to see this cooler put to the test.
Another cooler that Zalman had on display was the Passive CPU Cooler. This thing was huge! We thought this was an interesting design. While the cooler is completely passive, with its size, we are sure to see some decent results. However, if passive cooling isn’t enough, this cooler does allow for a 120mm fan to be installed in the middle of the cooler by removing some screws for the top plate. This cooler is also not available at the moment, but we hope to get a sample from Zalman upon release to check these this out for ourselves.
Zalman had a large variety of coolers on display, but the 2 we mentioned were the highlight of the visit. We are looking forward to the release of these coolers.