Zalman introduced a couple interesting CPU coolers at this past weeks CES
2014 show in Las Vegas. What caught our eye were the Zalman FX70 passive
heatsink, Reserator 3 Max Dual self contained liquid cooling solution and
ZM-DF12 dual blade vaneaxial fan.
First up is Zalman's FX70 fanless CPU cooler. The dark nickel plated tower heatsink is built around six heatpipes and features a unique aluminum fin geometry which is intended to enhance natural convection air currents regardless of heatsink orientation. Tellingly, the heatsink is accompanied by 120mm fan brackets, for users that wish to add a single or back-to-back 120mm fans. Weight is 530g, dimensions: 158x110x140. The Zalman FX70 is compatible with Intel socket LGA2011/1366/115x/775 processors and AMD socket AM2/AM3/FM1/FM2 CPUs.
Zalman's latest entry into the competitive self contained CPU watercooler arena is the flagship Zalman Reserator 3 Max Dual. This a basically a re-spun Reserator 3 Max with twin 120mm circular heat exchangers this time around. The radial heat exchangers are made from copper tube and fins and are unique as much of the industry has adopted rectangular plate-and-fin automotive heat exchangers. The waterblock/pump head uses a micro skived copper base plate and the system is compatible with Intel socket LGA2011/1366/115x/775 processors and AMD socket AM2/AM3/FM1/FM2 CPUs.
Zalman's ZM-DF12 fans are a unique entry. The fans have the usual assortment of anti-vibration pads and low noise bearings, what's different this time is the second set of vestigial fins on the vaneaxial impeller hub. The fans operate at 1500-800RPM, airflow is not specified however.
Shark Fin fan blades have come out from a number of manufacturers, in various forms. It's difficult to say how well these fans work, but it's good to see industry innovating on fan impeller design none the less. Zalman ZM-F1 Plus, ZM-F2 Plus and ZM-F3 Plus fans come in 80mm, 92mm and 120mm sizes.