Zalman has announced its latest enthusiast gadgets; a pair of power meters designed to help overclockers keep their eyes on exactly what their CPUs and GPUs are up to.
The Zalman ZM-VPM1 and ZM-PCM1 can slot into a modular 5.25in bay housing and provide at-a-glance monitoring of the power usage of either your graphics card or your CPU thanks to an on-board Flexible Numeric Display, or FND.
The GPU edition, the ZM-VPM1, is designed to read the power draw of up to two dedicated graphics cards via 6-pin or 8-pin passthrough connections, and can switch at the press of a button from its default display of wattage to either voltage or current.
The CPU edition, the ZM-PCM1, reads its data from the 4-pin ATX12V or 8-pin EPS12V dedicated CPU power connector, and again allows users to view live power draw statistics for their CPU. Users on dual-CPU systems will have to plump for a second ZM-PCM1, although the included 5.25-inch bay adapter supports any combination of up to three ZM-VPM1 or ZM-PCM1 monitors.
As dedicated passthrough monitors, there's no driver installation and their readouts will operate as soon as the system is powered on - giving overclockers an easy way to monitor component power draw during all portions of the boot cycle. Combined with a wall-level power monitoring device such as the ever-popular Kill-A-Watt, Zalman's latest creations offer an easy way to break down the power usage of your latest homebuilt rig.
Both the GPU and CPU power monitors are due to land on UK suppliers' sites imminently, priced at £24.99 and £34.99 respectively. There's no indication, however, whether Zalman will be selling the CPU monitor without the 5.25-inch bracket for those who have a more custom mounting solution in mind.
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