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ZALMAN Reserator 3 MAX Ultimate Water/Liquid CPU Cooler 120MM

  • 1,000~2,200rpm +/- 10%
  • Radiator Dim. 120x145x79mm
  • Fan Dim. Dia. 120 x 25(H)mm, Blue LED
  • Fan Noise 18.9~36.7dBA +/- 10%
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Winner of the CES 2013 Innovation Award, the ZALMAN Reserator 3 MAX Liquid Cooler raises the bar for CPU cooling with ultimate thermal performance, optimized acoustics, and embellished style.

For the first time in the world, ZALMAN uses a nanofluid refrigerant that mixes nanoparticles with fluid for maximized thermal conductivity. Each of the dual-radial radiators contain two copper pipes that penetrate a dense cooling fin array, enabling efficient and quick heat dissipation. A 120mm fan blows cool air through the fin surface without adding much noise. An embedded pump delivers low noise and high performance to speed up the coolant circulation for optimized cooling. Best of all, due to the all-in-one design with pre-filled coolant, the installation and maintenance are a snap, without the hassles of liquid filling or tube routing associated with custom water cooling solutions. And the blue LED on the fan and water block creates a luxurious and powerful image. Your game rig not only performs well, but also looks great when the power is on.

Compatible with most Intel and AMD platforms, including Intel Sockets 775, 1150, 1155, 1156, 1366, and 2011; and AMD Sockets AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, and FM2.

  • newegg The World's First Nanofluids Applied Cooler Zalman, with its unique technology, came up with the world's first nanofluid refrigerant applied cooler to maximize cooling performance. The nanofluid coolant is a mix of nanoparticles and fluids that delivers improved thermal conductivity.
  • newegg Optimized Dual-Radiator Design The pure copper dual-radial radiators (one inner radiator and one outer radiator) have wisely spaced slim fins. This design enables optimized air flow and an increased dissipation surface for better cooling performance. The 120mm low-noise fan speeds up the dissipation. An extra 120mm case fan* can be mounted for more powerful performance. (*Extra fan available for purchase.)
  • newegg High-Efficient Quadro Cooling Path Two copper pipes create a quadro cooling path system, enabling four times more powerful cooling efficiency.
  • newegg Micro-Fin Copper Base The pure cooper water block and inner micro-fin allow for quick heat transfer from the CPU.
  • newegg Embedded Water Pump The built-in low-noise/high-performance pump inside the water block minimizes the tube connection, and helps to speed up the circulation of the coolant, for optimized cooling performance.
  • newegg Easy Installation Coolant is already placed inside the confined product; it can be used semi-permanently without replacement or separate maintenance. All the parts are pre-assembled, so your installation is as easy as a breeze.


Learn more about the Zalman Tech Co., Ltd Reserator 3 MAX

General

Brand
ZALMAN
Model
Reserator 3 MAX

Block

Block Compatibility
Intel Socket: LGA 2011/1366/1155/1156/1150/775
AMD Socket: FM2/FM1/AM3+/AM3/AM2+/AM2
Block Dim.
70x85x37mm
Block Material
Pure Copper

Radiator

Radiator Dim.
120x145x79mm
Radiator Material
Pure Copper & Black-Nickel Plated

Fan

Fan Dim.
Dia. 120 x 25(H)mm, Blue LED
Fan RPM
1,000~2,200rpm +/- 10%
Fan Noise
18.9~36.7dBA +/- 10%
Fan Connector
PWM (Pulse Width Modulation)

Features

Features
Embedded Pump

Input Voltage: 12V

Connector: 4Pin(Radiator), 3Pin(Pump)

Thermal Grease (ZM-STG2M): 1g

Weight: 870g

Zalman with its unique technology came up with the world first nanofluids refrigerant applied cooler to maximize the cooling performance.
-Using nanofluids coolant improves thermal conductivity by mixing nanoparticles with fluids
-Nm (nanometer): an SI unit of length, equal to 10?9?m (a billionth of a meter)

Slim fin pure cooper dual radial radiator designed for optimized air flow.

Four times more powerful cooling efficiency with two copper pipes- Quadro cooling path system.

Pure cooper water block and inner micro-fin applied for quick heat transfer.

Built-in low noise/ high performance pump inside the water block, minimized the tube connection and helps to speed up the circulation of the coolant for optimized cooling performance.

Induction of the airflow inside the case increases cooling efficiency of the motherboard and VRM.

Blue LED on the water block and the radiator fan is applied to create the luxurious and powerful image.

Extra 120mmfan can be mounted for more powerful performance. (Extra fan available for purchase.)

Coolant is already placed inside the confined product, it can be used semi-permanently without replacement or separate maintenance.

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


Customer Reviews of the Zalman Tech Co., Ltd Reserator 3 MAX

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  • Brian S.
  • 3/10/2014 2:18:40 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI am impressed

Pros: Runs cool and quiet on an Asus Maximus Motherboard. Installs solid to a metal back plate. Fits where ever you have a exhaust 120mm fan. Looks cool.. Temps dropped 10c compared to Intel watercooler.

Cons: Maybe a slight ball bearing fan noise when my case is open.
I cant think of anything else.

Other Thoughts: I bought an Intel Watercooler and they use a plastic backplate that will not mount the Intel cooler solid to the motherboard. This Zalman fits SOLID. Also most cases have a hard time fitting watercoolers because the radiator is over sized.. But not this Zalman.. No wonder it got a 2013 CES Award. Its a good quality product and I am very happy I made this purchase. :)

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/5/2014 11:54:21 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsgreat cooler

Pros: Good looks

Cons: Instructions

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  • Asa S.
  • 1/18/2014 8:17:52 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing

Pros: Excellent Quality. Very nice design. Does a great job. Easy install.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Zalman makes top quality products. I've owned many and have yet to be unhappy.

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  • James R.
  • 1/4/2014 10:14:56 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsReally Big Cooler

Pros: It is big and I'm sure it exceeds the cooling capacity of the stock cooler that came with my AMD FX8320 8 Core CPU. Appears to be of good quality. Zalman stands for quality, however, I must give this cooler 2 EGGS because of its weight and size. NEWEGG ROCKS!

Cons: Very large cooler. Should be more than enough for overclockers. New technology in the system (nano fluids)

Other Thoughts: According to AMD, if I install any other cooler than the one that came with my AMD 8 core CPU it will void the warrantey if anything should go wrong. Make sure that you have room for it in your case. I have an ANTEC 900 case and it will fit but it is heavy, takes up a lot of room in the case, and the instructions must be read carfully and studied to understand. I did not install this cooler and am requesting an RMA from NEWEGG.

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  • Justin I.
  • 12/19/2013 5:21:50 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat cooler under rated.

Pros: I use this to cool my fx 9370 and it does a great job keeps it around 18 at idle and around 33 most of the time under load with spikes up to 40. I used antec formula 7 thermal paste with it and put a corsair sp 120 mm performance edition fan behind it. also in regards to noise its at a comfortable level as long as you dont have it turned up all the way and it doesnt really need to be.

Cons: the wire on the fan could be longer but this is easily fixed with a extention. Instructions are alittle be hard to decipher.

Other Thoughts: when i overclocked my cpu this didnt do as well as i had hoped it would temps under load were in the 50's and got as high as 60 but my cpu is an fx9370

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  • Josh M.
  • 12/16/2013 3:18:21 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsNot as cool as i hoped.

Pros: Its a water cooler. with cool LED's. it is a really nice design. and it does cool pretty well.

Cons: The only real con i have is that i was able to achieve the same over clock with the stock intel cooler. it did not lower my cpu temps very much. I'm going to take it off and redo it with some of the ic diamond thermal compound and see if i can get the temps cooler.

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  • Benj F.
  • 12/5/2013 6:35:52 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDecent, but not enough for an fx-9590

Pros: I got this to cool an fx-9590 in the nzxt phantom 410 case. At idle the temps are around 50C, and under load (8 mpi threads running hpl linpack tests) it gets up to 80-82C. It was easy enough to install and setting up the pump and fan was much easier since I last had a water cooled rig around 8 years ago.

Cons: I have a second fan pulling on the back side of the radiator, and the processor is still not stable (this could be the fault of the motherboard or the processor itself) and the temps are definitely higher than I would like. Even though this case is large, the radiator does not fit many places. In fact, the only place I could get it to fit was in front of the rear exhaust. I would have mounted it externally, but the hoses were not long enough to do so.

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  • Roy L.
  • 12/4/2013 11:00:26 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsReally Great

Pros: Liquid cooled keeps my processor no higher then 46C

Large fan fits in the case. replaces your rear case fan. Gave me way more room for my extra video cards and Memory slots.

Cons: none really. Only one time it appeared that the pump got locked and my motherboard warned of high CPU Temp. I turned the system off and back on. No more issue, and it has not happened again with over 100 restarts or power on.

Other Thoughts: I would recommend with any liquid cooling that you keep something on your desktop that will watch your CPU Team just incase you have an issue.

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  • David B.
  • 11/28/2013 3:12:55 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggsMixed Emotions

Pros: It is very well built and has high quality parts to it. I like how it is compatible with both Intel and AMD processors. I like how the fan blades are clear so the blue LED lighting is able to shine through it. I also like how the part that is on top of processor has a blue led ring on it also. It also does a pretty fair job of keeping my CPU temp(39c) and Mobo Temp(35c) down. With my mobo i can control the fan speed so it makes it not as loud and even with the fan speed down it still does well keeping it cool.

Cons: IT SOUNDS LIKE A JET ENGINE! If you cannot control the fan speed then it will be so annoying. I usually keep mine at 1/3 of its normal speed so it isn't so loud. Now with installing I had a problem with screwing down the unit to the CPU itself, I'm not sure if it was just me or if it was the unit but it was irritating. It made me think I was going to break it.

Other Thoughts: I like the unit pretty well and it looks good in my case. I'm going with the white and blue theme so the blue leds looks good. I'm pretty happy with it so far.

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  • Amanda H.
  • 11/25/2013 1:27:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsCools sufficiently...NOT worth the Money

Pros: After a little bit of tinkering....this cooler does manage to displace a lot of heat generated from two different CPUs. I have tried this with an FX-8350 and FX-9590 and was able to adequately cool them both. Was able to run both chips clocked at 5ghz with idle temps averaging 35 degrees C. Please read Cons for further temperature issues.

Cons: First we will start with temps. With my fx-9590 at stock speeds and settings...I was not able to run Prime95 for more than 2 minutes before hitting temps of +80 degrees C....even after adding another 120mm fan for a push/pull configuration. For making the claim of being able to effectively displace 400W of heat...I feel like I should be able to really push the 9590 at stock settings and not worry about temperatures one bit.

This cooler is SO LOUD. Hands down the loudest fan I have ever experienced in real life. This one fan alone was louder than my four 140MM fans and 3 200mm fans all on high put together. Even after tinkering with speeds in the BIOS the only way I was able to get the noise levels down was by applying a PWM resistor (the one that comes with the Zalman 9900MAX) fo the attached fan.

Thermal Grease. For spending more than $100 on a cooler...it should come with a decent quality thermal grease. I was not happy with the performance of the cooler after initial installation so I removed the cooler and applied some Artic Silver that I had in the house and immediately saw a drop of about 8 degrees on average temps.


Configuration Options. For spending so much on this cooler...your only option is to bolt it in and that's it. You can only install with the fans blowing in exhaust do to the fact that the 120mm fan is not removable. Another thing I think this cooler is missing is hardware and software to be able to adjust fan settings to different temps/modes.

Conclusion: In reference to this cooler vs others on the market....you are getting no additional performance whatsoever for the extra money that you are spending. To be honest...the cooler that came packaged with my 9590 works a little bit better than this one, has more configuration options, and is cheaper.

What you are paying for ultimately is a cooler that looks different than the others out there....that's about it.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear valued customer,

We sincerely apologize for the issue. Please contact our customer service e-mail support.usa@zalmanusa.com or via toll free number 1-888-925-6266 for further assistance.

Thank you.

Best regards,

Zalman USA Customer Service

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