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Zalman Reserator 3 MAX Ultimate Liquid CPU Cooler Review - Installation and Finished Product

Zalman Reserator 3 MAX Ultimate Liquid CPU Cooler Review
Continuing the history of dabbling in water cooling, Zalman has delivered the Reserator 3 MAX AIO CPU cooler as its latest venture into this field.
| CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Nov 30, 2013 9:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 97%Manufacturer: Zalman

Installation and Finished Product

 

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After sliding the nuts through the LGA1150/1155/1156 holes in the back plate, and then securing them with the black clips, you then just need to align the nuts to the motherboard and set the back plate into place.

 

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We also had to apply the top mounting bracket to the head unit of this cooler. Both the AMD and this Intel plate will use all eight screws to provide even pressure with the use of the four legs coming from these rings.

 

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With the back plate in place, you need to take the appropriate set of mounting screws for your specific application to mount the head unit to the motherboard. There are obviously no clearance issues, and when done correctly, there is still quite a bit of room to get the radiator mounted. One thing I don't like, and I also saw with the Tundra series of coolers, is that for some reason AIO makers are now twisting the tubing, and I have no explanation for this, and in my opinion it looks tacky.

 

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Once the system is powered on, both the head unit and the fan does take on the glow of blue LEDs. One thing you will find is that the LEDs on the head unit are much brighter than those built into the fan, but both will leave a fairly decent glow of blue inside of a chassis.

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