Zalman Introduces Reserator 3 Max All-In-One Liquid Cooler

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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.

Zalman Reserator 3 Max - Image Courtesy Zalman
Zalman Reserator 3 Max – Image Courtesy Zalman

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



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  1. Looks about the same as any other AIO WC ... I think I can actually ask Zalman PR for review sample if it will be available in Polish office ...
    Looks about the same as any other AIO WC ... I think I can actually ask Zalman PR for review sample if it will be available in Polish office ...

    Please do! You are the god of memory! The demi-god of AIO, would be great too!:thup:
    dear, dear, ... :-/
    pardon me for being sceptic, but Zalman has dropped the ball quite a while ago already
    and it remains to be seen if they can pick it back up with this Res3
    Looks about the same as any other AIO WC ... I think I can actually ask Zalman PR for review sample if it will be available in Polish office ...

    Woomack, I can't see how this look about the same as others. I agree the block and pump is nothing revolutionary, but the radiator could not possibly be more different in design when compared to all the other AIO out there today.
    That being said, it remains to be seen what the performance will be like.
    I meant more like I don't expect anything special even though there is different radiator. We have to test it as it looks somehow interesting.
    It looks like they took one of their CNPS9900 heatsinks, cut the ends off the heatpipes, and stuck the tubing on the ends for a make-shift radiator.
    it looks very much like an in-house design, based on the recuperation of some of their other designs/ideas and the cutting cornes
    You gotta give it to them thou, they still know how to design something that looks like it'ld do +200 MPH. :)
    that is, untill you open the hood and find a 50cc scooter engine :(
    Pity, at the time they took the segment by storm, they weren't cheap, but they had good stuff; and then they got stuck in the mud and kept going around in circles, re-iterating the stuff they've done before. Every now and then some special emerged, but turned to have spend soo much time in development hell that it fell short on performance.
    And then... "copper" finned heatsinks which turned out to be alu fins painted copper colour....... :(
    Anyways, well see how this latest turns out, thou i fear that the "nano" is just buzzword usage, because they are using one of those nano-piezo pumps, anyways we'll see
    If it's not an Asetek, expect a lawsuit shortly :P
    My bet is Asetek pump, Zalman other stuff.
    Saw this at CES, actually looks pretty promising really.
    We (Ice Dragon) have been doing this for the last 6 years. We are expecting one of their systems in the mail today. Interesting enough, we met Zalman at CES2013 and sent them some Ice Dragon Coolant to test in their systems back in March. We went back and fourth with emails, and then this was announced. Now, they won't respond to my emails. We think that is sort of fishy.
    We plan to cut it open and see what the "nanofluid" is made of. It is not easy to make a nanofluid. You have to worry about agglomeration and settling of the they agglomerate they will settle faster. Agglomeration is similar to the 'snowball' effect; once it gets going you can't stop it. I doubt the particles are any of the ones listed previously. This is mostly due to, as pointed out, cost, and galvanization. There are a few nanoparticles that are cost effective, such as what we use. In our research the particle we use beat aluminum and copper nanoparticles.
    Also, if you search you can find all kinds of research done on the heat transfer enhancement of nanofluids. There has been a lot of work done in that area.
    As soon as we get our results back, I will post again - unless our lawyers tell me not to..:)