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What does it matter? They're just using reference PCBs. The branding on it makes no difference once it's inside your computer.

What about the quality and length of a warranty? Where does that come from? Or how about customer service and support?

Zalman has also came out with some innovative ideas in heatsink design in the past as well, I think it's great that there are more options.
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Zalman packaging AMD cards with a VF3000A cooler and proper VRM heat sinks would be an amazing step forward biggrin.gif As long as they use components that allow for changing the voltage biggrin.gif

Decent self exhausting cards would be great! Most aftermarket coolers don't exhaust which normally gives excellent cooling, until you want to go SLI/X-fire that is and they start cooking eachother!
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What does it matter? They're just using reference PCBs. The branding on it makes no difference once it's inside your computer.
Warranty and CS matter...

However, Zalman does not have the experience nor the staff for GPU support.

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Originally Posted by Mattyd893 View Post

Surprised they didn't jump in at the higher end and undercut other suppliers a bit, would have got them off the mark far better!
I'm not even sure why Zalman would enter this market. Margins are thin and there is already a lot of competition with established CS, logistics, supply chains, and partnerships.
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Warranty and CS matter...
However, Zalman does not have the experience nor the staff for GPU support.
I'm not even sure why Zalman would enter this market. Margins are thin and there is already a lot of competition with established CS, logistics, supply chains, and partnerships.

Remeber, they already make aftermarket coolers like this:
http://www.xpcgear.com/zalman-vf3000a.html

All they're doing is attaching it to a PCB for you, will have to see the cooling qualities. The cards they have announced are being sold at stock clocks, however that doesn't mean they don't have any cooling benefits that will allow for better end user OCs.
They have only released 3 cards so as I said earlier, probably just testing the water. Looking forward to the first reviews and benches to see!
     
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Here's hoping this catches on, Zalman are a great company in my experience.

What does it matter? They're just using reference PCBs. The branding on it makes no difference once it's inside your computer.

Reference PCBs catch on, they start getting engineers to make custom PCBs.
The other thing I'm going to love the idea of is GPUs coming with great coolers.
    
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Ug....these cards, even though they're on the lower end of things, need more vram regardless. 2GB needs to be the minimum these days... I'm sure people with dual monitors or whatever would enjoy 4-5GB of Vram... especially for newer games like bf3...

I don't see any issues with just adding another GB of Vram...no biggie...
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What about the quality and length of a warranty? Where does that come from? Or how about customer service and support?
Zalman has also came out with some innovative ideas in heatsink design in the past as well, I think it's great that there are more options.

The last time Zalman put out a top-tier cooler was back in the P4 days. Once everyone discovered the efficiency of the 120mm heatpipe-tower design that uses standard case fans they refused to join suit and kept trying to make weird designs with proprietary fan mounts, calling them "quiet" when they were anything but.

I guess if you really care about customer service for your video card then yeah that's a point, but if you aren't voiding your warranty then you aren't really overclocking!
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those dont really look special at all...

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Warranty and CS matter...
However, Zalman does not have the experience nor the staff for GPU support.
I'm not even sure why Zalman would enter this market. Margins are thin and there is already a lot of competition with established CS, logistics, supply chains, and partnerships.

This is ocmmon though, they will outsource the GPU Support - May even "Partition" a current GPU Company's Support and just run under teh Zalman logo

This is pretty normal these days. Some of the companies out there are SImply rebranding Someone elses PCB and Cooler attachment

THose Companies are Most likely not operating under their own Tech Support Staff


And yes, i agree, Suicide attempt here going into GPU Market

Ive never once found Zalman to be usefull for me, My wife thinks they have Cute Coolers, and she has the CNP Something or other large not so useful CPU Cooler, and her 9800 GTS's have the nice Radial Design Zalman coolers , which those seem to work well, but the CPU Cooler sort of crud
the one with the Suspended Cylinder Shape with a LED Lighted Fan in the middle lolol such junk
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It all about the warranty terms. Either lifetime or 3 years using serial number hopefully.
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