Zalman Reserator 2 review -
The Zalman Reserator 2
Right mate ! Let's have a look. What we'll do is swiftly work through the components in the kit with the help of an extensive photo-shoot. We'll continue the photo shoot with a guide on how to install the components (both VGA and CPU) into a PC up to the point where we have finalized and finished everything.
It's 2006 and you've been reading Guru3D.com for a while now right ? Then you must know I initially was not a big fan of using water inside a PC. It was scary considering you have conductive fluid inside an electrical system, but I've been converted and am a believer, praise the water .. hallelujah ! All the primary systems in my office are equipped with a water-cooling solution, I kid you not. Why you ask? Oh, just the noise level and the extraordinary cooling effect it has on components. I told you... I'm a changed man.
On the previous page we discussed the basics of cooling. Right now we'll slowly dive into a photo shoot and emerge again later with a performance overview.
As you already guessed by now, this is a complete kit, so expect a lot of components. The kit we received from Zalman comes with CPU and VGA coolers. Optionally there are many upgrades available including southbridge water-blocks, pumps and flow-indicators. The following specifications and features are from the Zalman website.
Reserator 2 (Reservoir+Radiator+ Water Pump
Reserator is an amalgam derived from Reservoir' and Radiator'- it acts as a reservoir while radiating heat. This product works well with natural convection and integrates a water pump inside for convenience. It incorporates a coolant flow sensor as well as the Flow Indicator in the front for safe and handy use.
Dissipation Area: 1.5 m2
Dimensions: 76(L) x 436(W) x 369(H) mm
Material: Anodized Pure Aluminum
Coolant Capacity: Max. 1.25L
Integrated Water Pump: 5 W, Qmax 300L/h
(A type: 230V-50Hz, B type: 120V-60Hz, C type: 220V-60Hz, D type: 110V-60Hz)
Maximum Lift: 0.5m
CPU Water Block (ZM-WB4 Gold) :
The CPU Water Block incorporates a pure copper base for excellent heat transfer, and has gold plating to prevent corrosion. It supports Pentium 4 Socket 775/478 CPU & AMD Socket 462/754/939/940 CPU, and is designed to be lightweight and easy to install.
Weight: 135g (Water Block)
Dimensions: 63(L) x 63(W) x 16.5(H) mm
Material: Polycarbonate Cover, Gold Plated Pure Copper Base
Compatibility: Intel Pentium 4 (Socket 775/478), AMD Sempron/AMD64 (Athlon 64/Athlon 64 FX/Opteron) (Socket AM2/754/939/940)
Flow Indicator :
This component is connected with the circulation tube for checking the circulation of the coolant. When the coolant is actively circulating, its impeller rotates and the blue LED is brightly lit, providing easy indication of the circulation status.
Anti-Corrosion Coolant (ZM-G300) :
This coolant contains a high quality anti-corrosion agent for various materials including copper, aluminum, and plastic, that prevents corrosion for long term operation.
Material: Propylene Glycol & Anti-Corrosion Agent
Freezing Point: -9°C
Exchange Cycle: 1 year
Quick Coupling :
The Fittings incorporate valves that prevent leaks when disconnecting the PVC Tubes allowing quick, convenient separation and reassembly of the Reserator for transport and coolant replacement.
The pump and quick couplings are the only things left unchanged from the Reserator 1 Plus.
VGA Water Block (ZM-GWB3) :
The VGA Water Block incorporates a light weight pure aluminum base for high cooling performance, and is anodized and coated to prevent corrosion. It also incorporates pivoting fittings for easy installation of hoses.
Dimensions: 60.4(L) X 60.4(W) X 30(H) mm
Material: Anodized Pure Aluminum
Compatibility: Graphics cards with heatsink mounting holes
It's good to know that the VGA Water Block (ZM-GWB3) will fit on all modern graphics cards. I had a peek and this thing will not fit onto a GeForce 8800. Another exception, If you own a 7950 GX2 you are pretty much screwed.
In the past we have tested a good number of items from them already. Among them the really awesone Reserator water-cooling products. Recently they released a new model of that Reserator cooler namely the Reserator XT. he trick about this incredibly sexy product is that thanks to a low-noise fan we can now push more performance out of their water-cooling product. So here at Guru3D we figured .. hmm, why not test the Reserator XT with a high-end system.
Inno3D GeForce 7950 GT Zalman review
Over the next pages we'll review the Inno3D version. Interestingly enough with Zalman cooler. Our last Inno3D review was slightly negative due to the awful amount of noise the reference coolers made and as any clever company does .. they listen. So they decided to release a model with A Zalman cooler. And you know Zalman .. they offer silence versus good cooling.
Zalman Reserator 2 review
Today we'll be looking at Zalman's Reserator version 2, a completely redesigned and improved passive water-cooling kit that again will stun and amaze. Not only is the kit really sexy looking, I guarantee you it's cooling is even better as well. We'll be water-cooling a CPU and VGA card passively, meaning no fans are being used. The rest is handled by an inaudible pump and mother nature.
Zalman Reserator 1 Plus
Zalman last year released their reserator 1, a passive cooled water-cooling kit. Recently they released the Reserator 1 Plus package .. pretty much the same stuff, yet with new designed water blocks to get more heat from that precious gear of ours. Passively cooled you ask? Yeah, no fans are involved. No fans people, that means no noise .. yay ! The Zalman Reserator 1 Plus is a fanless water cooling system.