Friday, May 31st 2019

ZADAK at Computex: Boutique Memory, Coolers, Gaming Desktops, and Case-Mods

ZADAK may have dropped the "511" from its name, but remains a sought-after boutique hardware brand for case-modders. At its Computex 2019 booth, the company showed off its latest memory modules, cooling products, and a few case-mods that put the two together. The centerpiece at the booth was the Spark line of premium DDR4 memory modules. Silver accents of brushed aluminium top a darker shade, crowned by a silicone addressable-RGB LED diffuser. Each module has five lighting zones - top, top sides, and corners, which the maker calls "Dynamic multi-zone RGB." Each module cycles between 8 lighting presets, although with a 3-pin ARGB connection, you can play with the lighting via software.

ZADAK Spark memory comes in single-module, dual-channel, and quad-channel kits of 8 GB and 16 GB modules, which are further differentiated in four speeds, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200, DDR4-3600, and DDR4-4133. Up to 3200 MHz, these modules offer timings of 16-18-18-38@1.35V, which loosen to 17-19-19-39@1.35V for DDR4-3600, and 19-21-21-42@1.4V for DDR4-4133. ZADAK claims it tested each memory kit for advertised settings on both Intel Core and AMD Ryzen platforms. Prices start at USD $159.99 for a 2x 8 GB DDR4-3200 memory kit. Next up, is the ZADAK Spark AIO closed-loop liquid CPU cooler.

The Spark AIO CLC appears to be based on an Asetek platform with a fancy top for the pump-block, with chrome accents, and an RGB LED diffuser making up the company logo and two silicone accents. The base-plate is copper, while the radiator is made of aluminium. The block supports AM4, LGA2066, and LGA1151 sockets. The pump-block is connected to a 240 mm x 120 mm radiator, and two 120 mm fans are included. Each of these fans take in 4-pin PWM input, spin between 500-1,800 RPM, pushing up to 46.34 CFM of air, with a noise-output ranging between 18-25 dBA. The fans come with an RGB LED ring along the bore of the frame.

ZADAK also showed off several concept PCs to give case-modders ideas. The MOAB II, named after a NATO thermobaric weapon, is touted to be the world's first portable liquid-cooled gaming PC. Based on a micro-ATX chassis with a high-end ASUS ROG motherboard, its case has an angled graphics card slot, with a liquid-cooled graphics card. The card's full-coverage water-block is unlike anything we've seen, with its fittings located over the top of the block, to possibly make the plumbing easier. Both the CPU and VGA are cooled by a single loop that uses a 240 mm x 120 mm radiator.
The Spark liquid-cooled desktop is a proper desktop, built around an ATX motherboard. We once again see the same wacky VGA block cooling a high-end graphics card oriented sideways; although the CPU block is different. The CPU and VGA are cooled by separate loops, with the VGA block spilling its heat onto a large 360 mm x 120 mm radiator, and the CPU onto a 240 mm x 120 mm radiator. Both the Spark and the MOAB II feature the company's latest Spark RGB memory modules.
Lastly, ZADAK showed off an interesting trio of case-mods, one themed cyberpunk, another called the "death box" that resembles a comicbook metamorphosis chamber, and "time traveler" resembling a dark-magic/witchcraft theme. Good stuff.
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Although I like the ram design somewhat, everything else seems so lame and mundane, that it is hard to take any of it seriously....
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