Coolmax ZP 1000 Watt Power Supply

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Posted by on Wednesday, October 7, 2009 - 5:15am

ZP1000Well, our next product up for review is from  our good friends at Coolmax, a company who  believes you don't have to pay an arm and a leg to get a high quality PSU. This is why they sent us over the ZP-1000. The ZP-1000 is a 1,000 watt partial modular unit that is meant to go up against the likes of Thermaltake, Corsair and the other big name manufacturers who dominate the power supply market. Even if you are not in the market for such a high output power supply at a price of $150, it may be something to consider as it would help in the future-proofing of your rig.

 

 

Introduction to the Coolmax ZP 1000

To upgrade one component on your computer often means upgrading of another part of your rig. One such scenario is the upgrading of graphic cards. Going from say a Nvidia GT260 to a GTX295 or even two of them would mean you will have to part with that low wattage power supply to a power house. Everyday, I see people building nice rigs to the highest extreme with dual GTXs or dual X2s. Building a box built on components like these means you will have to feed their powerful appetites for wattage. Get ready to fork out more of your hard earned money. Somewhere in the neighborhood of $200 or more usually does it for a good high quality power supply.

Well, our next product up for review is from  our good friends at Coolmax, a company who  believes you don't have to pay an arm and a leg to get a high quality PSU. This is why they sent us over the ZP-1000. The ZP-1000 is a 1,000 watt partial modular unit that is meant to go up against the likes of Thermaltake, Corsair and the other big name manufacturers who dominate the power supply market. Even if you are not in the market for such a high output power supply at a price of $150, it may be something to consider as it would help in the future-proofing of your rig..

Coolmax's take on the ZP 1000

Many power supplies out there claim to deliver the best power available, but at what cost? The ZP series not only delivers you the power you need, but at the 80% Plus Bronze mark. In other words, the ZP series power supplies can render high voltage at an efficiency of 85% or higher without losing its functionality. Save money on your bills while utilizing your system to its full energy potential.


 

Packaging and contents

Coolmax, being the green company they are, did not make the box the ZP-1000 come in flashing or full of bling. The retail box is just a plain white box with images of a few features and an image of the unit. The reverse side lists more of the features and specifications.

Specifications

AC INPUT

100~132VAC or 200~264VAC

MODEL DC OUPUT +3.3V +5V +12V1 +12V2 +12V3 +12V4 -12V +5VSB
ZP-1000B Max. Output Current 28A 30A 20A 20A 30A 30A 0.8A 3A
(1000W) Max. Combined 180W 900W 9.6W 15W

Features

- 80Plus Bronze Certified unit provides typical 85% efficiency at 50% of max load
- Modular Cable Management to eliminate clutter and improve airflow inside the case
- Compliance with the latest Intel standard ATX 12V V2.3 and EPS 12V V2.92
- Support INTEL/AMD Dual Core CPU and Multi-Core GPU technologies
- 6pin PCI-E & 8pin PCI-E (6+2) connector
- Built in next generation 8-pin PCI-Express graphic card connector offering further upgradability
- Active Power Factor Correction (PF>0.99) for environmentally friendlier power
- Ultra-silent operation with 140mm fan and automatic fan speed control
- Comprehensive protection function provides full-scale protection for your components. (OCP/OVP/UVP/SCP/OPP)
- Safety / EMI Approvals: CE, CB, TUV, FCC, UL, CUL, and BSMI certified

 

Closer look

The ZP line consist of five different models. The first two are 120mm fan cooled 380 and 400 watt models. The big dogs are 750, 850 and 1000 units cooled with huge 140mm fans. Coolmax advertised the ZP models as being 80Plus which would put it in the Bronze category for efficiency. Also, they state it operates most of its power range at 85Plus before it loses its functionality. Some pretty high remarks for a power supply that is sub-$200.

The quad 12 volt railed ZP is not certified for multi-GPU rig by either AMD or NVidia, but puts out enough amps on each of the rails to satisfy a nicely built box. According to Coolmax, the ZP950 has a combined 100A across all four 12v rails. I have seen many dual GPU rigs running on a lot less. Besides the large amount of amps, Coolmax has tested the ZP1000 to fall in the range of at least 80% efficiency earning it a Bronze certification.

The top of the power supply is dominated by a rather large 140mm fan that is automatically controlled by the system based on load and temperature. At startup, the fan spins at full speed for about 10 seconds and then slows down to a whisper. A thin gold finished grill protects the blades of the fan.

The rear of the ZP1000 is very typical for a power supply. Small holes make up the ventilation area. And a single power plug and switch completes the rear.

What a majority of you will like is the fact this PSU is modular. All but the main ATX and auxiliary power connections are capable of been disconnected from the unit. This is great for anyone looking to maximize interior air cooling and tp keep things neat and tidy on the inside.

Types of connectors

24 pin ATX

4 pin power

8 pin power

4 pin Molex

SATA

Floppy

6/8 pin PCI-e

 

 

1

 1

1

6

6

2

2/2


 

Testing

We know that testing a power supply on a loaded system is not the very best way, but you can not overlook real world testing. Other sites have methods that use thousands of dollars in equipment to provide them greater detail. However, we do have a trusty digital multimeter and OCCT. These sites and the method they use are a good means of determining how good a power supply really is, but we feel showing you how it performs under real world conditions as it is just as valid a measure of its performance.

Testing Hardware:
Motherboard: Gigabyte X58-UD5P
Processor: Intel Core i7 920 @ 3.6 @ 1.4v
Ram: OCZ Blade DDR3 PC12800 6GB Tri-Channel
Video Card: XFX HD 4770
HDD: Seagate 7200.11
Power: Thermaltake Tough Power XT 1000
Case: NA
Cooling: Coolermaster 212 Plus
OS: Windows 7 RC
Thermal compound: Tuniq TX

Results

As you can see from the testing results, the ZP1000 provided us with ideal numbers when it came to power our test setup. Compared to the Thermaltake unit we tested a week or so ago, the ZP1000, being 250 watt higher in capacity, provided higher voltages across all rails and this was to be expected. Fluctuaion was held to a minimum.


 

Conclusion

The Coolmax ZP1000 is a power supply that puts out some pretty outstanding numbers when tested on a real life rig. Our overclocked Core i7 and series of AMD and NVidia graphics were never short on needed power as the ZP1000 passed with flying colors. On the more important 12v rail, we saw less than a .22 drop at load. Besides providing all this power, the ZP100 also provides more than enough SATA and peripheral connections, but the real kicker is the total of four PCIe plugs to satsify dual GPU setups. Two of these are six pin and the other two are six pin with two pin break-offs.

Not only did we use the ZP1000 on our open-air test bench, but in my main rig which sits inside a Coolermaster 922. I am happy to say the modular cables were all able to reach various locations in the case without the aid of adapters or extensions. If you are in need of a large amount of power, but limited in space; you are in luck as the ZP1000 is of standard length and fits in locations that lower wattage power supply would.

If you like what you see of the ZP1000, then you will like the price even more. It can be had for a mere $120 from the stores we Googled. But it could be bad if you want to keep the price on your next rig down.

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