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Zalman Reserator 3 MAX Ultimate Liquid CPU Cooler Review

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Nov 30, 2013 9:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 97%Manufacturer: Zalman

Specifications, Availability and Pricing




Following the chart Zalman starts out with the fact that the radiator on this unit is completely copper, including the pipes, and then it gets plated in black Nickel plating. The entirety of the AIO weighs 870 grams and measure in at 120mm wide, 145mm tall (including the inlets), and is 79mm thick including the fan that is mounted to it. The head unit is made from plastic, but the transfer plate is solid copper and has fine fins on the back to allow the nanofluid coolant used to have more surface area to remove the heat from. It measures 70mm wide one way, and 85mm with the tubing included, and only stands 37mm in height. Also something to like about this cooler is the lack of mixed metals that almost all other AIOs are designed with. The last bit of information for the head unit on the technical end is that the included pump is capable of 90 liters of fluid passing through it per hour.


Zalman then goes into the fan specifications for the ZE1225BSM fan attached to the radiator. This fan is 120mm wide, it is 25mm thick, and in the center hub of this clear fan, there is a blue LED that illuminates when it receives power. It is designed to run from 1000 to 2200 RPM while delivering up to 36.7 dBA of noise level. It covers that this fan is powered with a 4-pin PWM connection and that it is suspended on a long life bearing, but makes no mention of the CFM or static pressure of this fan. One added feature of this cooler, is that even with the unusual shape and design to this radiator, it is more than capable of accepting a standard 120mm fan on the back of it as you mount it into a chassis.


Since we now have a pretty good sense of what is going on in this design and how it all comes together to operate, there are still two major points to hit on. First of those two points is: can you buy one now? The short answer is yes, but there is limited availability currently only by locations, not in quantity, since this cooler is still so new.


The second bit is the pricing, and just like any other dual radiator version of an AIO, I can see Zalman has also kept with everyone else's tactics, and they are releasing their Reserator 3 MAX at the same $129.99 U.S. dollars everyone else did. Hopefully Zalman really did their homework with this design, since there is already strong competition in this segment as we saw with the new Tundra coolers.

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