Today’s market for CPU cooling is submerged by a wave of all-in-one liquid coolers. Well-known manufacturer of computer cooling systems Zalman is going against the tide by introducing a cooler that sets itself apart in a sea of AIO coolers that look pretty much all the same.
The new product presented by Zalman is somewhat different from offerings on the market today. While it does feature a copper base block with integrated pump, the new cooler is unlike any others when it comes to the radiator. Here, Zalman designed a rounded radiator with dual separate fin arrays. The hot coolant enters in the inner circular radiator where it passes twice before moving to the outer radiator for another two passes. The radiator and its dual fin arrays is pure copper, claims Zalman. Both radiator and block are nickel-plated, boasting a nice dark tint.
The radiator is cooled by a single 120mm PWM-controlled blue LED fan that spins between 1000 and 2200 rpm, for a noise level of 18.9~36.7 dBA. The open concept of the radiator allows for a certain amount of air to recirculate and reach the VRM and motherboard which makes for a cooler system overall, according to Zalman. It also allows for the mounting of a second 120mm fan in pull configuration, in addition to the stock fan. Zalman goes one step further in optimizing their cooler for maximum performance by filling it with a “nanofluid” instead of the standard mix of water used by competitors.
The entire unit weights in at 870 grams and comes with mounting hardware for all current sockets, both AMD and Intel. The price for the North American market is expected to be around $100, which will make it one of the most expensive single 120mm AIO liquid solutions out there.
While the design is quite innovative, it remains to be seen if the Reserator Max 3 can live up to Zalman’s claims it can dissipate up to 400W of heat.
Source: PC Perspective