The Internals of the ZMAXap
When opening up the case, you quickly wonder why no matter how much you turn these thumbscrews, they just don't come out. This is a great little feature that uses a spring like system to keep the screws attached to the case side. This is good for people who have a bad habit of losing things.
Another good point we noticed with the ZMAXap before jumping inside is on both sides of the case there are areas where air can be bought into the case and pushed out - while this in itself is a good point (not all makes of small form factor systems do this), Iwill went one step further and added filters to reduce the amount of dust which comes inside the system.
Opening up the ZMAX you are greeted with a quite common looking small form factor system. Apart from the cooler and the placement of the power supply, the inside is very standard looking. Installation of the ZMAX isn't the easiest job, installing the cooler on the processor isn't an easy task, you will probably find yourself screaming for someone with skinner and longer fingers to come over and get the heatsink on for you.
Included in the ZMAX is a 250 watt power supply which is a larger then the power supplies which we have become quite accustom to in most small form factors. With the fans attached to the front of the unit it makes it even bigger again as you can see. This is the reason that the installation is a little bit more painful then others. The clip design on the heatsink is great for a full size case but when you're working with limited room, it is a little annoying.
Included are two Serial ATA ports and as you can see one of the cables runs directly to the back of the case so you can use the external SATA port which we talked about earlier. We also have a floppy port, two IDE ports, two memory slots for Dual Channel configuration, an AGP slot and a PCI slot and to top it all off a passive cooler on the Northbridge chipset.
Iwill have done a great job being able to cram such a huge amount of features into a little case. The multiple IDE ports, the two SATA ports, the multiple fan power supply and both an AGP and PCI slot makes for a solid tiny system.
As you would expect in a computer this size Iwill are utilizing a heat pipe technology cooler. Heat pipes are getting used more and more in the enthusiast community as they cool quite well and they are typically much quieter than conventional coolers.
The ZMAX cooler is a giant copper tower that looks like a radiator at the top. At the top we have two 60mm fans installed which blow air across the fins of the cooler. As the CPU gets hotter, the hot air rises to the top of the tower and from there the fans cool the unit letting the temperature even out and keep the CPU at a stable temperature.
Since the fan speed is able to change depending on the temperature, the system is extremely quite, although at maximum volume it is extremely loud. Anyone who knows what a 60mm screaming and finger-cutting Delta fan sound likes, you can just imagine what two together sounds like.
PRICING: You can find products similar to this one for sale below.
United States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon's website.
United Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK's website.
Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.
- Iwill ZMAXap - Page 1 [Introduction]
- Iwill ZMAXap - Page 2 [Specifications]
- Iwill ZMAXap - Page 3 [First Glance and The Contents]
- Iwill ZMAXap - Page 4 [The Internals]
- Iwill ZMAXap - Page 5 [Benchmarks - Test System Setup and SiSoft Sandra]
- Iwill ZMAXap - Page 6 [Benchmarks - PCMark 2004]
- Iwill ZMAXap - Page 7 [Benchmarks - Graphics Tests]
- Iwill ZMAXap - Page 8 [Benchmarks - 3DMark2001 SE with ATI Radeon X800PRO]
- Iwill ZMAXap - Page 9 [Conclusion]
Recommended for You
- We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.
Latest News Posts
- NVIDIA has 70.5% GPU market share, AMD has 29.5%
- AMD Radeon RX 580 benchmarks leaked, is this Vega?
- Nintendo Switch supports remote game downloads
- Nintendo Switch left JoyCons have connection issues
- BioShock devs might be making new Twilight Zone 'game'
- BIOSTAR RACING B250GT5 Unboxing and User Experience
- ASUS MAXIMUS IX FORMULA A2 Error Code with Hardware Component Failure Beeps
- Does anyone from Thermaltake view this forum anymore?
- Is any one from Thermaltake viewing this forum anymore?
- Lian Li A61 5.25 devices
- ASRock launches a new era of performance with AMD Ryzen motherboards
- Nintendo eShop, Indie Games Ready for Nintendo Switch Launch
- Innovation and competition return to high-performance PCs March 2nd with worldwide AMD Ryzen 7 availability
- Final Fantasy awarded Guinness World Records title for most prolific role-playing game
- InstaVR launches publishing compatibility with HTC VIVE, cnabling companies to create high quality long-form VR video applications