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Zalman Reserator 3 Max Dual Ultimate Liquid CPU Cooler Review

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Liquid Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 13, 2014 2:03 pm
TweakTown Rating: 72%Manufacturer: Zalman

Test System Setup




I would first like to thank ASUS, InWin, Corsair, and Fractal Design for supplying products for me to test with.


To see our testing methodology, and to find out what goes into making our charts, please refer to our CPU Cooler Testing and Methodology article.



Thermal Results




We would have liked to see slightly better results than the 50.5 degree average we got, and while it's not that bad overall, it does fall short of other AIOs in its class.




This was a bit disappointing to be blunt. While still much better than a stock cooler, the Reserator 3 Max Dual was even bested by its little brother, let alone the Antec, CoolerMaster, and Corsair units above it in the charts.



Noise Level Results




With the fans dialed down to 1500 RPM at 7.5V, the noise coming from the fans is only 35 dB. While they are audible, it is nothing that cannot be dealt with.




Once the fans were set free, they spooled up to a reported speed of 2280 RPM, and delivered a very loud 67 dB of noise into the room. We also noticed that in certain instances when the radiator was hung vertically, we would get a fan harmonic as well that would oscillate, and that was rather annoying.

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