Wednesday, July 31st 2013

Zalman Announces Reserator 3 CPU Cooler

Zalman formally announced Reserator 3 closed-loop liquid CPU cooler, which has been in the news since November 2012. The Reserator 3 another of Zalman's attempts at a modern liquid CPU cooler that comes with its major components pre-assembled, coolant filled, and loop closed, following last year's CNPS20LQ, which uses an Asetek-based design. Its design integrates elements from the company's classic CNPS line of CPU air-coolers, and generous amounts of chrome-plating, and LED lighting. Handling heat dissipation to air, is a heatsink that uses a series of coolant tubes and heat pipes; instead of a conventional liquid-cooling radiator. This heatsink is ventilated by a 120 mm custom-design fan. Zalman claims that the cooler can handle thermal loads as high as 400W, making it fit for some really hot chips like AMD's FX-9590. Zalman didn't announce pricing.
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29 Comments on Zalman Announces Reserator 3 CPU Cooler

#1
NdMk2o1o
So they took an air cooler HSF and AIO WC cooler and mated them, this is the resulting bastard child.

I actually kind of like it, expensive I'm thinking.
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#2
ensabrenoir
interesting......but until I see testing..it stays in the shiny but wouldn't buy that box..
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#3
de.das.dude
Pro Indian Modder
i like it. its radical. they took a normal cooler and used the heatpipes for water cooling XD
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#4
adulaamin
Zalman better be careful with the pump/block combo or those angled thingies (barbs if you could call it that) coming from the pump/res, they might get sued for patent infringement. :D

Kidding aside, I hope this performs well enough to compete with other AIO products. :)
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#5
tigger
I'm the only one
400watts....really?
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#6
urza26
It certainly looks refreshing, but from what I've read the size of the heatsink/radiator isn't typical 120/140mm, so mounting it might be a pain.
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#7
Ghost
by: urza26
It certainly looks refreshing, but from what I've read the size of the heatsink/radiator isn't typical 120/140mm, so mounting it might be a pain.
It seems to be standard 120 mm

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#8
urza26
by: Ghost
It seems to be standard 120 mm
Thanks for the heads up, good that they changed that.
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#9
Chaitanya
Looks awesome. Considering how Zalman makes coolers, I hope to see a red version down the line in future. Waiting eagerly to read a review on how this cooler performs. :rockout:
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#10
Hilux SSRG
As long as it can have a switch to shut the led off it looks good.
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#12
MxPhenom 216
Corsair Fanboy
Interesting, I hope crazyeyes gets to review one.
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#13
suraswami
Interesting.

Why are they not putting a direct touch heatpipe block and pump combo to be seated on the cpu and liquid circulated thru that to the radiator?
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#14
theonedub
habe fidem
Don't think heatpipes like that would offer the same level of efficiency as a traditional microchannel cold plate on the block.
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#15
suraswami
by: theonedub
Don't think heatpipes like that would offer the same level of efficiency as a traditional microchannel cold plate on the block.
may be a hybrid?
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#16
theonedub
habe fidem
I don't know of there'd be a benefit. Traditional heatpipes exploit phase change to wick away heat, but if you just have liquid flowing through them you'd probably want the highest surface area possible to transfer heat away. In that case the micro channel block is the go to method.

I'm no expert though, just my thoughts .
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#17
suraswami
by: theonedub
I don't know of there'd be a benefit. Traditional heatpipes exploit phase change to wick away heat, but if you just have liquid flowing through them you'd probably want the highest surface area possible to transfer heat away. In that case the micro channel block is the go to method.

I'm no expert though, just my thoughts .
lol, caveman already did something similar, look at the post from xvi.

looks like my bulb is already blown :laugh:
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#21
SK-1
by: p3ngwin1
holy cow !

that project is a monster, and amazingly well done too.

thanks for that.
I totally remember that thread!
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#22
Bjorn_Of_Iceland
The radiator looks inefficient. Reminds me of those radiators used for liquid cooling early 2000s (one monolithic tube runing around a bunch of fins). Radiator makers have since departed from that design, and have opted for the more efficient multi channel type with sandwiched fins instead.

EDIT:
Oh ok, so its a fancy new gimicky tech.. going to wait for reviews then.
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#23
BiggieShady
by: Bjorn_Of_Iceland
Radiator makers have since departed from that design, and have opted for the more efficient multi channel type with sandwiched fins instead.
Sir, physics is on your side - multi channel rads with sandwiched fins should have greater surface for heat dissipation ... I wonder how are they marketing this as 400W cooler
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#24
COMCAM
I bet the pump will make heat, so this thing will not lower temps as any would assume since heat from the pump makes the water warm already.

I dont like any close loops because designers place the pump close to the cpu/chip
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#25
LAN_deRf_HA
According to Switftech putting the pump on the block improves performance due to the direct flow on the fins.
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