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Zalman Reserator 3 Max Dual Ultimate Liquid CPU Cooler

Jun 15,2014 0 Comments

Zalman Reserator 3 Max Dual Ultimate Liquid CPU Cooler

We’ve known from years of looking at, using, and reviewing Zalman coolers, that they definitely do like their round coolers and today’s sample is no exclusion. Honestly, there must really be something to this design since it has made Zalman so much money over the years as they tweaked and made advancements to their designs. If you can recall, we have looked at one of the Zalman AIOs before, but a fair bit of time has passed since then; now we are looking at a dual radiator version from their Reserator series of coolers.

When we say dual radiator AIO, people typically think of a 240mm long radiator that is usually 27mm thick; that is nothing like you are going to see today. Just when we were thinking the plumbing on the original Reserator 3 Max was almost a masterpiece of engineering, this time around Zalman has taken two of their coolers, put them base to base, and they have now plumbed the second cooler into one single loop.

A design such as this proves that there are companies out there thinking way outside of the box when it comes to AIO designs. We aren’t talking going at it like Enermax and SilverStone did, but rather a whole different take on the most efficient system to cool the fluid in the loop. That isn’t to say that there aren’t a few small issues that will pop up along the way from such a design, but we will be covering those along with the rest of what Zalman is offering up in the new Reserator 3 Max Dual Ultimate Liquid CPU cooler.

On the technical level, the Reserator 3 Max Dual offers two radiator sections that are entirely made of copper with black Nickel plating for both oxidation and aesthetical reasons. This radiator section of the AIO is 276mm in length, 122mm in width; the 73mm thickness will make installation in mid-towers and a lot of full towers very challenging, but Zalman does have a solution to allow memory and motherboard heat sinks to clear with adjustable mounting clips. We also get a head unit made mostly of plastic, with LEDs under the cap and aluminum trim. The cold plate is made of copper as well, and these may be the only non mixed-metal loops out there. When you combine the head unit, radiator assembly, fans, 10.5 inches of tubing, and the coolant, the Reserator 3 Max Dual weighs in at 1426 grams; but keep in mind, ninety-percent of that weight is held by the chassis, and not the socket.

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