120mm Water Cooler Round Up w/ Cooler Master, Scythe and Zalman

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Temperature Results

 Temperature results stock configuration 

With the system running at stock settings the Zalman Reserator 3 Max sets at the head of the pack running at 55.25C with only 0.6 degrees gap between the top 3 coolers. At the back of the pack is the Scythe Apsalus II 120 running a 58.5C. The Scythe Apsalus II 120 is also the quietest cooler in the round up, with the Zalman Reserator 3 Max being the loudest. This is due to their respective fans. Running the Scythe fan the system was running completely silent. So I retested all coolers running the Scythe fan so see how the performance of the coolers.

 Temperature results Scythe fan only configuration

All the coolers except the Zalman Reserator 3 Max ran pretty much identically, running within a degree of one another. The Reserator 3 Max slipped to the back of the pack with the slower CFM Scythe fan. So, when all four of these liquid coolers were using the same fan the idle results were damn near identical and at load they were also fairly close. These results were pretty much what I was expecting considering all the coolers have very similar designs with the exception of the Zalman Reserator 3 Max.

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  • jtd871

    Case open or closed? Which way were the fans oriented? Pulling air into the case or exhausting? Also, why have a discrete GPU if all you’re stressing is the CPU?