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COOLMAX ZX Series ZX-500 500W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC CoolMax ZX-500 Power Supply

  • ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V v2.91
  • 80 PLUS Certified
  • 115V ~ 230V
  • +5V@20A, +3.3V@25A, +12V@34A, -12V@0.8A, +5VSB@3A
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Coolmax ZX series offer 80 PLUS levels of energy efficiency, massive 12V single rail output giving you the power you needs and super quiet 140mm ball bearing fan creating a proper airflow inside the case. The COOLMAX ZX Series ZX-500 features one 6-pin and one 6+2-pin PCI-E connectors for supporting high end graphics card.

  • newegg 80 PLUS Certified The 80 PLUS certified power supply provides high power efficiency of at least 80% at any load between 20% and 100%, saving your money on your electrical bill, reducing heat in your computer's system and prolonging its life.
  • newegg 500W Continuous Power with Single Strong +12V Rail The COOLMAX ZX Series ZX-500 delivers 500W continuous power output as needed in a real world operating environment. Powerful single +12V rail at up to 34A design ensures the maximum provision of 12V power to energy-hungry CPU and VGA card perfect for future high-end component upgrades or overclocking.
  • newegg 140mm Silent Cooling Fan The COOLMAX ZX Series ZX-500 features a quiet 140mm double ball bearing fan for silent cooling operation in the power supply enclosure.
  • newegg Superior protection Multiple protection circuitries of OCP, OVP, SCP, OPP and OTP protect your system.

Learn more about the CoolMax ZX-500

Model

Brand
COOLMAX
Model
ZX-500
Series
ZX Series

Spec

Type
ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V v2.91
Maximum Power
500W
Fans
1
PFC
Active
Main Connector
20+4Pin
+12V Rails
Single
PCI-Express Connector
1 x 6-Pin, 1 x 6+2-Pin
SATA Power Connector
5
SLI
SLI Ready
Haswell Support
Yes
CrossFire
CrossFire Ready
Modular
No
Efficiency
Up to 80%
Energy-Efficient
80 PLUS Certified
Over Voltage Protection
Yes
Input Voltage
115V ~ 230V
Output
+5V@20A, +3.3V@25A, +12V@34A, -12V@0.8A, +5VSB@3A
Dimensions
6.5" x 5.9" x 3.3"
Weight
3.74 lbs.

Features

Connectors
1 x 20+4-pin Main Connector
5 x SATA
5 x Peripheral
1 x FDD
1 x 6-pin PCI-E
1 x 6+2-pin PCI-E
1 x 4+4-pin
Features
Quiet 140mm double ball bearing fan

Active Power Factor Correction (PFC) with PF value of 0.99

Protection: OCP / OVP / SCP / OPP / OTP

Support NVIDIA SLI or ATI CrossFire system

Model

Brand
CoolMax
Model
ZX-500
Model Name
ZX-500

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Kurt K.
  • 12/9/2014 9:07:03 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood-Ish

Pros: Cheap
Quiet Fan

Cons: While the max power rating of the 12V rail is 34 Amps, this PSU doesn't seem to like large inrush current levels. I have a 16 bay 'nas' case that spins up 4 drives at a time with a short delay between, and PSU can't handle it. Yes I am aware that the ultra-nerds would suggest a 1.21GW PSU for this application, but remember that HDD"s don't require much power once they are actually spun up and running. Just be aware that if your system has lots of drives or whatever on the 12V rail, this PSU may not be happy.

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  • Jefferson S.
  • 11/7/2014 11:33:39 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsmy least favorite

Pros: Seems to work stable, handling 426W at the wall continuous use (tested about a month).

Cons: I'm disappointed that it did not work using only +12V using popular jumper from green wire to ground. I only need +12 (31A), and even with jumper to override a CPU power switch, would not turn on. I had to draw more power from other rails being waisted just to make it run, costing more per day.

Other Thoughts: I realize the PSU is typically made for standard PC use; I'm not using it for that, so don't be turned off by my review if you're just plugging it in to your computer as intended. It will probably work fine for you and be fairly efficient.

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  • Denise J.
  • 10/23/2014 4:29:40 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsReliable for money.

Pros: -Has not failed me once.
-Not terrible efficiency.
-Good options for HDDs, GPUs, Molex, etc.
-Keeps relatively cool.

Cons: -Makes noticeable noise. (White noise, not actually loud)
-Like said, not terrible efficiency but I wish I would have invested in a more energy-efficient supply.

Other Thoughts: Good for the money and very reliable.

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  • Sky M.
  • 9/22/2014 8:07:25 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNightmare!

Pros: Inexpensive.
Noted in the specifications that it was crossfire ready

Cons: When first installed, it was MUCH larger than my prior power supply, despite being a difference of only 50w. So much larger, that it had to be installed fan side down to fit in the case.
Poorly written manual lead me to spend nearly thirty minutes trying to install the wrong cable to the wrong location. I had to call the company to get that sorted, but the person on the phone was helpful enough.

Things went fine for about 30 days (Funny... just long enough to be outside NewEgg's Warranty!) and I started to get odd shutdowns. I removed a hard drive and a disk drive to see if they were causing the problem. The problem appeared to vanish. I thought nothing of it, until today...

Just shy of 45 days from opening the package the PSU is dead. Not only has it died, but it has dripped some sort of fluid down the inside of my case. I'm not certain at the moment if this is electrolyte from a burst capacitor (in which case I have battery acid all over the inside of my PC) or if this is the fan oil/lube that has suddenly run on the inside of my PC.

I have built my own gaming rig for the last decade and a half, and NEVER have I had this particular problem!

Other Thoughts: Avoid this unit. Unless you enjoy the thrill of waking up to a dead computer and spending an hour and a half carefully cleaning fluid from your mobo and case...

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  • Robert M.
  • 9/4/2014 4:09:11 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDid not work properly

Pros: None for me. Just had it running an FX-6300 with ram, SSD and DVD drive.

Cons: With this power supply my PC booted about half the time from day one. Switching to a different PSU completely solved the problem.

Other Thoughts: For anyone thinking about getting this PSU, I suggest you get the Antec VP-450 450W instead, which newegg currently has in stock. It's only $2 more expensive but much better quality.

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  • James W.
  • 8/26/2014 7:53:38 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat for cost!!!

Pros: Ran AMD FX-8350 at 4.5, hd 7950+ gt 9800 sc in hybrid physx, multiple hard drives.

Cons: No laser beams....

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  • Michael L.
  • 8/11/2014 6:40:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDo not buy if you value your system!!

Pros: Worked for 4 months

Cons: Died after 4 months, took motherboard and everything else with it in an Over-voltage spike

Other Thoughts: Dont. Just DONT!!! Power supply was running a nice Asus P5N-E SLI motherboard with 5 Sata hard drives attached plus Blu-Ray burner. Killed the motherboard and rendered hard drives and blu-ray unusable. Under load, +12V rail swung into 13-14v territory and +5 and +3.3v rails swung far over. There's a reason that its dirt cheap now (bought in 2012 for $75)

Bottom Line: FOR THE LOVE OF WHATEVER DEITY YOU PRAY TO, DONT USE THIS!!!

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  • Tim s.
  • 6/30/2014 8:25:14 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsdoa

Pros: would of been nice if worked not neweggs fault

Cons: DOA

Other Thoughts: DOA

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  • Jose Q.
  • 6/27/2014 11:35:36 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorth the money

Pros: Price for performance

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: Although many despise coolmax psus this power supply hasn't failed me for about a year, running almost everyday and some all nighters as well and never have I encountered a single problem with this psu.

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  • Jared C.
  • 6/25/2014 8:52:07 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsQuiet and cheap

Pros: Cheap, quiet, runs cool.

Cons: The outer casing was loosely attached out of the box, and the warranty label torn, which may be a problem if the unit ever fails and I need to RMA. As of now though, it seems to be doing it's job.

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