Zalman just released their new 400w power supply which I was really looking forward to. I previously reviewed the Zalman 300A-APF power supply which was overall pretty good but was a little underpowered in my opinion.
This new 400w from Zalman is pretty much the same deal as the 300w with no new technologies involved but with a few different things that we will see. If you have read my previous reviews I am a big fan of Zalman products because I hate loud computers and Zalman is the leader in quiet cooling. Not only is Zalman dedicated to quite cooling but their products have almost always received high marks from OCmodshop.
The box of the Zalman ZM400A-APF is much better looking than the previous Zalman products I have reviewed. Most of the older Zalman products that I have reviewed came in a plain white box for the most part or only with a few ugly colors on them. This box however is pretty slick looking, I have also been told that the 300w power supply has the same style box instead of the old plain white one.
Not only is the box much better than before but so is the power supply itself. Instead of the usual silver steel that most power supplies have this one is anodized black aluminum which means it will dissipate heat better and looks really cool. One side of the power supply has a sticker on it, which shows some of the power specs and the front of the power supply has a good amount of cutouts so that air can flow through easily. The cables from the PSU come wrapped all together so they are nice and neat.
The power supply comes packed well so that it doesn’t get damaged during shipping. Along with the power supply you get a power cord, manual, velcro, and a ZM-MC1 which is Zalman’s multi connector. The power supply has seven 4-pin Molex, two floppy drive, one motherboard, one auxiliary, and one 12v power connectors. The Zalman MC-1 that comes with the power supply allows you to use a 4-pin Molex connection to power four 3-pin fans, two of the 3 pin connectors coming out of the ZM-MC1 are 12v and the other two are 5v.
I went ahead and opened up the power supply to see just about the biggest heatsinks that I have ever seen in a power supply. I am really impressed with how well the inside of this power supply is cooled. I really like that they did a good job with the internal cooling of this unit, because of that the fan wont have to run as fast which means it will be quieter.