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500TX 500W 80 Plus 230V EU Power SupplyThe Korean manufacturer Zalman doesn't just produce the renowned coolers and cases, they also make modern power supplies. As in the case of many of their other products, they place an emphasis on premium quality manufacturing, fair prices and cool looks. The TX series is directed primarily at PC gamers and modders with a budget in mind. Three models cover the performance gamut from 500, 600 up to 700 Watts. The first thing owners will notice is the large, 140 mm fan illuminated in blue on this Zalman power supply. The size of the fan not only adds to the looks of the product; it also benefits the noise as well since a large fan will move significantly more air at the same speed.
You might be forgiven for wondering if power supplies with flashy looks might cut corners elsewhere, yet Zalman goes out of their way to buck this trend with the ZM-TX and has managed to build affordable yet powerful technology that looks the part too. The operating efficiency is guaranteed to be at least 85 percent under medium loads, while under low load of full load an efficiency of over 82 percent is achieved. All TX-series power supplies therefore meet the requirements for 80 Plus 230V EU certification including even EU directive. 617/2013. Power supplies from this range would be perfect for use in workstations, as these (in comparison to some other value models) meet these specifications.
Apart from efficiency, Zalman has also invested significant resources into the electrical circuitry and power output: the ZM500TX offered here is rated for 500 Watts and can supply this continuously, even at temperatures of up to 40 degrees. Thanks to the modern DC-DC voltage regulation, the 500TX can supply around 96% of its rated performance along the +12 Volt rail, thereby making it the perfect partner for modern processors and graphics cards. The +3.3- and +5 Volt rails together supply 120 Watts - more than enough for drives and other low power items.
In order to take this penchant for performance and bring it to every day systems, Zalman supplies an extensive array of connectors: apart from the virtually obligatory 20+4-pin (550 mm cable length) for the motherboard and the 4+4-pin CPU connector (65 cm) this value-oriented Zalman PSU is designed for full compatibility with SLI and Crossfire in the 500 Watt version: two 6+2-pin PCIe connectors supply up to two mid-range graphics cards or one true high-end card. The additional components include six SATA, two 4-pin Molex- and one floppy connector. The Zalman ZM500TX trades blows with all of its competitors and offers great looks, modern technology and a range of connectors with long cabling.
- Dimensions: 150 x 86 x 157 mm (W x H x D)
- Fan: 140 mm (blue lighting, automatic controls)
- Colour: Black (PSU), Transparent with blue lighting (fan)
- Efficiency: min 85/82/82 % at 50/20/100 % load, 80 Plus 230V EU Certified
- Active PFC
- Form factor: ATX12V 2.3
- Performance: 500 W
+3,3V: 18 A
+3.3V & +5V combines: 120 W
+12V: 480 W / 40 A
-12V: 3.6 W / 0.3 A
+5Vsb: 12.5 W / 2.5 A
- Connectors (non-modular):
1x 20+4-Pin ATX12V/EPS12V
1x 4+4-Pin ATX12V/EPS12V
2x 6+2-Pin PCIe
2x 4-Pin Molex