VoodooPC Rage F-50 PC / Zalman TNN-500A Case

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May 20, 2004 by Mike Chin

Product
VoodooPC Rage F-50 / Zalman TNN-500A
Manufacturer
VoodooPC / Zalman
Price (as configured)
~US$4100

VoodooPC positions itself as a company whose mission is to...

Design and build computer systems using only the highest-quality brand name parts available on the market.

The phrases "Gaming PC" and "PC Gaming System" are part and parcel of the html for their web site, so we know their primary focus: Power and Speed. This approach usually disregards noise; it is secondary to the cooling requirements of power gaming machines, which usually need multiple high speed fans. The PC under review here is something of an anomaly for VoodooPC, however: The Rage F-50 is completely fanless.

To quote again from their web site, here is VoodooPC's promotional summary:

Voodoo RAGE F-50 Advanced Personal Computer is a totally silent PC featuring *NO FANS* whatsoever. The RAGE F-50 uses a new technology which allows us to eliminate all the fans in your PC, including the Power Supply Fan. Constructed of heavy gauge aluminium, the Voodoo RAGE F-50 is designed for the most discerning PC Buyer. If you're looking for a PC with amazing performance, luxury aesthetics, and runs silently, then this is certainly the PC for you

The new technology they refer to is known by regular readers of SPCR: It is a customized version of the Zalman TNN-500A case with integrated heatpipe-implemented fanless cooling and fanless power supply. Although the product is from VoodooPC, because of the central role the case plays, this review covers both the Zalman TNN-500A as well as VoodooPC's Rage F-50. It is impossible to write about the Rage-50 without also writing about the TNN-500A


A first look at the Voodoo RAGE F-50

The VoodooPC logo on the front differentiates it from the standard Zalman offering. There are a few other functional customizations; these include the case-integrated power supply and the VGA cooling system.

RAGE F-50 SAMPLE CONFIGURATION

Case
Customized Zalman TNN-500A
Power Supply
Customized fanless 300W integrated unit in Zalman case
Motherboard
ASUS K8V-Deluxe
Processor
2-GHz Athlon 64 3200+
Memory
1GB DDR400
HDD Controllers
Onboard 2-Ch SATA w/RAID 0 & 1 (2xHD) + 2Ch
ATA100
Hard Drives
Two 120GB IBM/Hitachi 180GXP striped RAID hard drives
Video Card
256MB ATI 9800XT-based graphics card
DVD Drive
Plextor 8X/4X DVD+R/RW, 4X/2X DVD-R/RW, 40X/24X/40X CD-RW
CDRW
Plextor 52X/32X/52X CD-RW
Other Drive
3.5 Floppy
Audio/Sound
Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS
OS
Windows XP Pro SP1
Physical
11.25"(w) x, 16"(d) x 22.5" (h); 70 lbs.
Warranty
Repair / replace free of charge for labor & parts & two way shipping in North America for one year
Price
US$4100 (with Windows XP Pro)



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