Zalman Zm460b-aps Power supply

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Published: June 27, 2006
Author: Amber Lupala
Editor: Amber Lupala
Provider: Zalman

Conclusion

Date 2006-06-27
Provider: Zalman
Author: Niko Lupala
Editor: Amber Lupala

Zalman Zm460b-aps Power supply

Testing:

Intel P4 3,8 Ghz 800mhz
MSI 955X Platinum
MSI 7800 GTX
A-data DDR2 667Mhz
Maxtor 80Gb 7200 RPM
OCZ Powerstream 520W

Voltages were measured with a multimeter and idle voltages were taken when idling WindowsXP. Full load voltages were measured while running loops of 3dmark2005.12V testing:

The 12v rail actually dropped a bit as you can see and if you compare it to the more stable OCZ Powerstream and the older Zalman PSU this is not good. It is more than acceptable but for overclocking you want more stable rails as I already said before.

Conclusion:

To conclude this I have to say that this power supply is quieter than the older one, but the older one on the other hand had more stable rails. I guess that you have to decide what you are aiming for with your power supply, if you want a quiet computer this is an excellent component for that. I wish they could have combined both stable rails and a quiet fan but in this case it did not work or at least not with the sample I got. It’s time to mention something about the connectors just to sum this up. You get a 20+4 ATX connector so it works for both your older motherboard and the new ones that require 24 pins. Other connectors that you have are Dual PCI-E and ATX 12V cables. Overall this is a great PSU though and I want to give it 4 out of 5 for an excellent powwer supply that really is a important part in your quiet computer build.

Pros:

+ Quiet!!
+ Well packed
+ Sleeved power cables
+ All needed connectors included

Cons:

– 12v rail

Red&Blackness gives it 4 out of 5 dots

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