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Zalman ZM700-GT

We’ll wind up this review by taking a look at a PSU from Zalman.

The ZM700-GT is shipped in a rather small cardboard box that lacks a carry handle.

The accessories include a user manual, a mains cord, mounting screws, and some single-use cable straps. In fact, the same stuff is included with Corsair’s PSUs discussed above.

Exterior Design

There’s nothing special about the exterior of this PSU. Its case is made of rather thin metal. It is painted black and has a black wire fan grid.

The gloomy appearance is somewhat enlivened by the red and white of the labels and the embossed name of the manufacturer on one of the side panels.

Circuit Design

The interior design looks very familiar.

Indeed, it is the good old FSP 80GLN platform we got to know over 6 years ago. FSP’s popular Epsilon series is based on it, too.

So, we’ve got a well-known circuit design with active PFC and no dedicated voltage regulation.

There’s a PS223 supervisor on a small daughter card.

There are different types of capacitors at the output, just like in currently produced FSP Epsilon PSUs. We can see a single Teapo and some other components from obscure brands.

Cables and Connectors

The Zalman ZM700-GT is equipped with the following cables and connectors:

  • One mainboard cable with a 20+4-pin connector (51 cm)
  • One CPU cable with a 4+4-pin connector (52 cm)
  • Two graphics card cables with two 6+2-pin connectors on each (52+15 cm)
  • One cable with three PATA power connectors (52+15+15 cm)
  • One cable with two PATA power connectors and one floppy-drive plug (52+15+15 cm)
  • Two cables with four SATA power connectors on each (50+16+16+16 cm)

The Zalman ZM700-GT has almost the same cables as the 800W FSP Epsilon Pro 85PLUS 800 except that the four 6+2-pin connectors are placed on two cables and there is no CPU power cable with a 4-pin connector.

We can note that the FSP Epsilon Pro 85PLUS 700, which has the same wattage as the Zalman, offers fewer connectors for graphics cards and SATA devices.

A traditional problem with FSP-based products is that the CPU power cable isn’t long enough to be hidden behind the mainboard in a system case with a bottom PSU bay.

Besides, FSP’s native PSUs have color coding for the +12V cables referring to different “virtual” +12V rails. We had to find out which line went where by the hit-and-miss method.

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