Zalman was on hand at CES with several new products on display including a couple of cases, some coolers and a reiteration of their view on the 3D display battle. 

Three new coolers were announced at the show including the smaller CNPS5X SZ, CNPS7X Performa/LED and the impressive CNPS11X Extreme.

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The CNPX11X Extreme utilizes the new Zalman V-shape cooling design that increases performance by creating a triangle shape with two heatpipe coolers and the fan.  Zalman claims this increases cooling capability without increase turbulence (thus noise levels) even with less surface area being cooled.

The rest of the specs are listed here:

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Zalman is pushing back into the world of cases with a new Z9 series as well as the larger GS1200 that offers a full tower form factor with a front bezel mesh design, HDD dock along the top and a large 350mm interior for a spacious build.

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The case not only supports standard HDD and SSDs in that docking bay but the GS1200 also includes USB 3.0 support and has a very slick look based on the combination of plastic, steel and aluminum.

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Finally, Zalman was showcasing and discussing its horse in the 3D race: the Trimon 3D Monitor.  Rather than using a 120 Hz display with active shutter glasses like NVIDIA’s 3D Vision solution or most current HD TVs, the Zalman Trimon uses a higher cost panel technology with integrated polarization filters.

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This allows Zalman to sell a display that works with passive, much cheaper 3D glasses ($5 or so) that don’t require batteries or recharging.  With this monitor there is no flickering and the brightness is noticeable higher than with most other active 3D displays.  However, the vertical viewing angles are a bit more restrictive and you are in effect getting the 30 Hz / per eye result. 

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Both 21.5″ 1680×1050 and 24″ 1920×1080 options are available and we have one of the 1080p displays in house and are going to be spending some time with very soon for a full review. 

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