Zalman Reserator 3 Max Dual Ultimate Liquid CPU Cooler Review

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Zalman Reserator 3 Max Dual Introduction

Zalman, a Korean company founded in 1999, set a mission to silence the world’s noisy computers with its “silent” cooling solutions.  With so many noisy computers out on the market then, end users seeking out quiet solutions helped Zalman successfully grow into the world’s leader of quiet PC cooling solutions.  Zalman isn’t limited to just coolers, though, as they continue to innovate with items including but not limited to: monitors, PC cases, headphones, keyboards & mice, and more recently power supplies.  Today we are going to take a look at their latest liquid CPU cooler – the Reserator 3 Max Dual.

Zalman Reserator 3 Max Dual

The Reserator 3 Max Dual, if you didn’t catch by the name, is essentially a dual version of the Reserator 3 Max combined into a single solution.  With more cooling surface, we now have more room to dissipate heat that our CPU may be throwing off, also giving overclockers an added benefit to push their processor to the limits with little worry.

Zalman Reserator 3 Max Dual Graphic 1

Zalman’s design for the Reserator 3 line is different from what you’d find in a traditional liquid cooler.  Not only is the Reserator 3 Max Dual very versatile with its compatibility, but it has a unique design for the radiator.  Zalman uses what they call an Octa Cooling Path (seen above…), which basically allows the liquid to pass through the radiator eight times (four times per fan).  Not only that, but it also uses a quad radial radiator design (seen below…) for a better cooling solution and is optimized for air flow.

Zalman Reserator 3 Max Dual Graphic 2

Zalman also designed the Reserator 3 Max Dual to be the world’s first liquid CPU cooler to utilize a nanofluid.  Nanoparticles can be a number of different things, such as aluminum oxide or carbon nanotubes.  These particles are added to a base refrigerant fluid, such as water, ethylene, glycol, and oil, all to increase the efficiency of heat transfer.  So basically Zalman is looking to increase the efficiency of the cooler one step above their competition with this technology.  If you want to read more of the finer details of nanofluid technology and what it was designed for, you can check out the patent on Google or catch more information on Wikipedia.

Overall the Reserator 3 Max Dual is a powerful liquid CPU cooler designed to be quiet and efficient; well, quiet when your system isn’t pounding away at 1’s and 0’s.

If you’re already in love with the cooler based on the information presented before you, you can grab this cooler on Newegg for $139.99 shipped.  The cooler also includes a 1 year warranty through Zalman.

Reserator 3 Max Dual Technical Specifications:

  • Radiator Material:  Pure Copper & Black-Nickel Plated
  • Water Block Material:  Pure Copper Base
  • Weight:  1,426g (Approx. 3.14 lbs)
  • Radiator Dimensions (LxWxH):  276x122x73mm
  • Pump Dimensions (LxWxH):  70x85x37mm
  • Pump:  Embedded Pump
  • Fan:
    • Dimensions:  120 x 25(H)mm
    • Speed:  1,000~2,300rpm ±10%
    • Noise Level:  23.2~46.6dBA ±10%
    • Bearing:  Long Life Bearing
    • Speed Control:  PWM (Pulse Width Modulation)
    • Extra Features:  Blue LED
  • Connector:
    • Radiator:  4-Pin x 2EA
    • Pump:  3-Pin
    • Input Voltage:  12V
  • Thermal Grease (ZM-STG2M):
    • Contents:  1g
    • Temperature Range:  -40°C ~ +150°C (-40°F ~ +302°F)
  • Socket Compatibility:
    • Intel:  2011, 1366, 1155/1156, 1150, 775
    • AMD:  FM2, FM1, AM3+, AM3, AM2+, AM2

Zalman Reserator 3 Max Dual

In the coming pages we’ll take a look at how easy or difficult Zalman’s Reserator 3 Max Dual is to install, how it  stacks up against the competition, and see exactly how much electricity it consumes compared to the stock Intel cooler.  But first, let’s take a look at the retail packaging and see what this cooler looks like!

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  • misomalu

    What the reviewer is trying to say is: go buy a Corsair H105 or Glacier 240L. Or join the big boys and build a custom loop.

  • Coach

    Hmm…I expected much more after reading the technology intro as well. I wonder if the pump pushes the fluid through that comparatively long course (figure 8) quick enough to take on more heat once cooled. If it were moving too slow, it may not move the heat away fast enough; Just thinking out loud here.

    • basroil

      It’s a system with fairly low pressure gradient (compared to finned systems), so there shouldn’t be much issue with fluid velocity. The bigger issue is how well the system stacks up to overclocked e processors after a few minutes, since we don’t know just how effective the transfer from the fluid to the fins is. Hot fluid is not fun to deal with in a closed cycle.

  • basroil

    no noise comparisons?