Computex 2010 CoverageClayMeow - July 5, 2010
» Discuss this article (151)
Zalman was also showing off the VF770, which features a single fan and a "flower" heat sink design. Once again, RAM heat sinks are included.
On the CPU Cooler side of things, Zalman showed off the CNPS9900 Max and CNPS5X. The CNPS9900 Max features an "Omega design" with an ultra quiet 135mm FDB LED Fan, while the CNPS5X features a 92mm EBR fan.
Next up were a couple of notebook coolers, the NC2500 Plus and NC3000. The NC2500 Plus supports notebooks up to 17" widescreen and features dual fans, three USB ports, and adjustable height. The coolest feature is the built-in 2.5" SATA HDD/SSD bay that allows for hot-swappable expanded storage for your notebook. The NC3000 supports notebooks up to 19" and features a single 220mm fan, along with three USB ports. Unlike the NC2500 Plus, it does not contain a hard drive bay.
Lastly, Zalman was showing off a 2D/3D convertible monitor. Available in 21.5" (ZM-M215W) and 24" (ZM-M240W), both versions feature a Full HD 16:9 panel and support 3D and S3D media and applications. Unlike NVIDIA's 3D Vision, which uses shutter glasses, Zalman uses circular polarization for its 3D monitors and provides two glasses in the box, with additional ones available for purchase. Circular polarization is what Real3D uses, so if you've seen a 3D movie in the theater recently, like Avatar, you have an idea of what to expect. In addition, the monitors include the iZ3D driver, which supports both ATI and NVIDIA cards.
As with most 3D technology, it's fairly impossible for me to show you what it looks like. Nevertheless, I can tell you I was pretty damn impressed. Of course, as with any demo, the company's showing off its technology to the best of its ability, but even still, I haven't experienced 3D as three-dimensional as this - in one scene, a snake slithered so far "off the screen" it was literally inches from my face. The downside is that the viewing angle when viewing in 3D is extremely tight, especially vertically. This may make gaming a bit difficult where you may be accustomed to moving you head, but as with most new things, it may just take some getting used to. The other downside is that because of the polarization, the screen is very glossy, so be sure to turn down the lights. And of course, there's the price, which will probably be about double what you'd pay for your typical 2D LCD of the same size, though it should still prove to be cheaper the NVIDIA 3D Vision, which requires the 3D Vision Kit as well as a 120Hz LCD. Like I said, I was very impressed by the extent of the 3D experience, but is it worth the price for gaming? Probably not.