PC Perspective Podcast 429 12/15/16

Subject: Editorial | December 15, 2016 - 07:18 PM |
Tagged: podcast, zalman, ryzen, note 7, nand, LG, instinct, hdr, DRM, doom, amd

PC Perspective Podcast #428 - 12/8/16

Join us this week as we discuss AMD ReLive, Ryzen, Zalman Keyboards, LG HDR monitors  and more!

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Hosts:  Allyn Malventano, Josh Walrath, Jeremy Hellstrom, Sebastian Peak

Program length: 1:17:34

Podcast topics of discussion:

  1. Week in Review:
  2. News items of interest:
  3. Hardware/Software Picks of the Week
    1. Jeremy: Aged, not obsolete - SAMSUNG 850 EVO 2.5" 2TB
  4. Closing/outro

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Zalman's ZM-K900M mechanical keyboard can be taught to do more than change colours

Subject: General Tech | December 13, 2016 - 07:53 PM |
Tagged: zalman, ZM-K900M, input, mechanical keyboard, Kailh Blue RGB

Not only does Zalman's ZM-K900M suffer from RGB disease underneath it's Kailh switches, it also has a split personality.  When you look at the closeups of the keys over at The Tech Report you will see odd symbols and messages under the usual lettering, things like ZM2 or Speed Meter.  Those are for programming macros, simply hitting Fn + ZM# starts the recording and it will capture every click, including buttons which emulate mouse buttons and stop once you press Fn + ZM# again.   These will play back exactly as recorded and the somewhat misspelled Speed Meter allows you to increase or decrease the speed which it plays back.  If you find this intriguing, pop by The Tech Report for a closer look.

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"Zalman's ZM-K900M keyboard hides a huge range of hardware-controlled backlight and macro modes underneath an unassuming exterior. We took it for a spin to see whether this RGB LED-backlit mechanical marvel stands out in an increasingly jam-packed keyboard market."

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Tech Talk

A pair of cases from Zalman, the NEW Z9 and Z11

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 26, 2016 - 07:04 PM |
Tagged: zalman, Z9 Neo, Z11 Neo, neo

Zalman's Z9 and Z11 NEO are fairly similar, the Z9 is 205x490x482mm and the Z11 is slightly larger at 205x520x515mm which allows for more cooling options to be installed.  Using the default fan installation Overclockers Club saw slightly better CPU temperatures on the Z9, the GPU measured the same in both cases; adding fans to the Z11 will obviously help it take the lead.  Drop by to see their full review of both cases, including video.

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"Reviewing both cases at the same time makes it interesting. You get to directly compare them with each other. Both of these cases are similar in size, and the feature sets are also fairly close. Neither case stood out much from the other - I like the style of the Z11 a little more, but the Z9 comes with a better compliment of fans. The use of space is also similar in both cases, although the I like the cable management a little better on the Z9 with the lower compartment that hides the power supply - but then you are covering up a power supply you may want to show off. And the Z11 has the cool, removable hard drive cages."

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Zalman's Z9 Neo White, ready to go out of the box

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 18, 2016 - 07:45 PM |
Tagged: zalman, neo, Z9 Neo

Neo is a popular appellation for computer hardware, from PSUs to motherboards and today another case from Zalman.  The Z9 Neo is a mid-tower case which can hold heatsinks under 200mm tall and GPUs of up to 420mm, perfect for the majority of builds.  The PSU mounts at the bottom and there is a dust filter to protect it, unfortunately one which slides to the rear, making it somewhat difficult to get at.  The case comes with five 120mm fans included, a nice bonus for those looking to be ready to run as soon as possible. Benchmark Reviews also determined it to be friendly for watercooling if that happens to be your preference.

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"Unlike it’s predecessors in the Z-series line, the Z9 Neo comes with a full length front panel door. Now if your old school, as I am, you probably shutter at the mere mention of a computer case having a door. But over the years, especially with the rise in digital mediums and digital distribution, I find myself using 5.25″ drives less and less."

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Zalman's ZM-M600R gaming mouse, a simple mouse for simple people

Subject: General Tech | March 14, 2016 - 09:32 PM |
Tagged: ZM-M600R, zalman, input, gaming mouse, ambidextrous

There are those for whom more is always better, even when talking about buttons on a mouse.  There are also those who prefer simplicity and have no interest in a mouse with well over a dozen buttons.  The Zalman ZM-M600R gaming mouse is very much made for the latter type of user, be they left or right handed.  There are three buttons in total, along with a scroll wheel; the third button on the top is a back button for when you are browsing.  DPI and polling rates are controlled by physical switches on the bottom of the mouse as the mouse does not have software to control it.  It does have a way to turn the mouse into a storage device for saving a 'profile', you should read about the process over at Overclockers Club, it is certainly ... unique.

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"In the end I wasn't sold on the Zalman ZM-M600R gaming mouse. I can carry on the rant from the testing pages on my annoyance with the lack of buttons on this mouse, but I'm sure that's been stated enough throughout the review. It's apparently becoming a popular choice for some professional gamers, and it's hard to say if they honestly like them or, like most people, like to get free stuff."

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Tech Talk

Zalman enters the mechanical keyboard market, meet their ZM-K700M

Subject: General Tech | January 12, 2016 - 07:00 PM |
Tagged: ZM-K700M, zalman, mechanical keyboard, input, cherry mx red

For a market that barely existed outside of a few users pining about a certain old IBM keyboard, the range of mechanical keyboards that have appeared over the past couple of years is incredible.  Another company recently joined this market, Zalman has released the ZM-K700M LED keyboard, which contains Cherry MX Red switches.  If you would like a refresher course on what that actually means, check out Scott's animated guide right here

Instead of depending on software Zalman has included programming keys on the keyboard to modify lighting effects and macros; they also added a nice feature to the numlock key, press it twice and it launches the calculator app.  Check out the full details over at Benchmark Reviews.

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"I'm picky, and have been described as a perfectionist too many times to count. So it stands to reason that the keyboard, that peripheral attachment that works like a natural extensions of the body for the eSports gamer, becomes a personal choice for many. Keyboards are used for both everyday workload as well as entertainment, so picking the right one is important."

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Perhaps the least of Zalman's 3 new liquid cooling systems

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 15, 2014 - 11:41 PM |
Tagged: zalman, LQ315, liquid cooling system

Zalman's new LQ315 liquid CPU cooler will fit just about any modern socket except for LGA775 and sports a compact 38x153x120mm heat exchanger. 11mm OD rubber tubing and a Propylene Glycol based coolant move the heat from your CPU to that exchanger and its single 120mm fan.  FrostyTech tried it with two fans and saw some additional improvements but still felt the shape of the exchanger might have been holding back performance somewhat. The performance was decent but FrostyTech prefers the LQ320 to this model.

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"Zalman released three water coolers in the hand of PC enthusiasts earlier this year, in this review Frostytech is testing out the LQ315 model - the middle child as it were. The LQ315 ships fully assembled, plumbed and filled with a coolant. It installs onto Intel socket LGA115x/1366/2011 and AMD socket AM2/AM3/FM1/FM2 processors. It uses a 120mm wide aluminum heat exchanger equipped with a single 120mm PWM fan that operates at 2000-900RPM. The pump/waterblock is built around a novel micro-skived copper base plate that is connected to the heat exchanger via a 30cm length of flexible rubber tubing."

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Source: FrostyTech

Zalman Launches Reserator 3 Max CPU Cooler Using Nano-Fluids

Subject: General Tech | August 18, 2013 - 09:57 PM |
Tagged: zalman, nanofluids, liquid cooler, cpu cooler

Zalman recently launched the Reserator 3 Max, which is a new sealed loop liquid CPU cooler. The new cooler combines two radial radiators, a circular water block, and nanofluids to cool Intel and AMD’s latest processors. The cooler weighs a combined 897 grams and is available now in the UK.

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The Reserator 3 Max is a sealed loop cooler. The CPU block has a pure copper base and internal array of copper micro-fins to increase the cooling potential. A pump is situated over the water block and two tubes connect the block to radiator. The radiator that Zalman uses is interesting as it is actually made of two (a smaller inner radiator, and a larger outer radiator) copper radiators. The radiators route the nanofluid coolant through copper pipes that are surrounded by copper fins. The copper on the radiator is nickel plated in a black pearl color. A 120mm fan with blue LED is bundled with the cooler, and users have the option to set up a push-pull configuration by adding a second 120mm fan. The bundled fan is PWM controlled and spins at anywhere between 1,000 and 2,200 RPM (18.9 to 36.7 dBA).

CPU compatibility includes LGA 775, 1150, 1155, 1156, 1366, and 2011 on the Intel side and socket AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, and FM2 on the AMD side.

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Zalman was not specific on the “nanofluids” used in the Reserator 3 Max, but the company’s site states that “using nanofluid coolant improves thermal conductivity by mixing nanoparticles with fluids.” It must be pretty impressive considering Zalman claims the cooler is capable of cooling up to 400W. This cooler would be well suited for systems using AMD’s 250W FX-9590 processor if it lives up to the marketing!

The Zalman Reserator 3 Max is available now in the UK for £83.33 pounds from Quiet PC. US pricing would probably be close to $100, though importing it now from overseas will cost around $130 at the current exchange rates before shipping. More information can be found on this Zalman product page.

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I think it is a unique design and should perform well as a AIO cooler, though I’m curious to see whether it lives up to the 400W TDP and if the nanofluids make any appreciable difference. Hopefully benchmarks emerge soon!

Source: Zalman

Nine Middle Weight PSUs battle it out

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 21, 2012 - 09:18 PM |
Tagged: PSU, modular psu, corsair, Chieftek, cooler master, zalman

The 600-700W range is very popular with enthusiasts who either have a pair of fairly powerful GPUs or a single top of the line GPU, as they don't quite need a kilowatt class PSU.  X-bit Labs put together a roundup which features 9 PSUs from Corsair, Chieftek, Cooler Master and Zalman some modular and some with permanently connected wiring.  It was the Corsair TX650 which received the Recommended Buy award though Cooler Master came close to winning as well.  Some of the other models fared poorly thanks to the lack of proper voltage regulation or in one case fan regulation.  Check out the full review here.

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"We would like to talk about nine power supply units from the most popular 600-700 W wattage range, which represent six different series of devices from four manufacturers: Chieftec, Cooler Master, Corsair and Zalman."

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Source: X-bit Labs

Zalman Launching FX100 Passive (Cube-Shaped) CPU Cooler

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 15, 2012 - 03:19 PM |
Tagged: zalman, Passive, hsf, cpu cooler

Images have emerged on the Internet of a new cooler coming from Zalman sometime next year. In a brief mention from Zalman, the company named the new passive CPU heatsink as the FX-100. The cube of fins are aligned in a cross, or +, shape and combined with shrouding at the corners, Zalman has created a hollow cube.  At the top is a hexagonal-mesh grill. The base-plate is connected to the fin array by four copper heatpipes. The fins are nickel plated and are black pearl in color.

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It is designed to be run in fan-less configurations, and Zalman is stating that it will not draw dust as well. The fan-less cube cooler is currently listed as a CES 2013 honoree, so here’s hoping it launches soon and lives up to the claims.

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There are no details on pricing, availability or the TDP ratings it is designed to cool yet.

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What do you think of the Zalman FX-100 passive cube?

Source: FanlessTech