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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

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Anonymous
  • 5/16/2016 2:18:38 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDoes the job... For a while

Pros: Cools well.
Looks awesome.

Cons: Pump is very prone to dying
Sort of loud, as others have noted
Slightly expensive compared to other 120mm radiators

Other Thoughts: I bought one of these units when they first came out, before anyone made any reviews for it. I wanted a liquid cooler that matched the aesthetic of my build, and this one seemed promising.

It cooled for about two weeks before the pump died. I sent it back to Zalman, who RMA'd it for another one. Then the pump on that one died after a couple months. I sent it back to RMA it again, but they kept ignoring my emails, and when I'd call, they'd give every possible excuse for why it hadn't been sent back a month later - from "we never got it" to "it went to the wrong department". Finally they sent me a unit and it worked fine for about a year before the pump died once again. I then put a generic heatsink on my FX-8350 and haven't looked at liquid cooling since.
Maybe I was extremely unlucky, or maybe Zalman doesn't know how to make a quality pump, or have quality customer service for that matter. The only reason I'm not giving one star is because when it DID work, it worked marvelously. Your results may vary but I'd consider a more reliable brand.

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  • Joseph B.
  • 5/2/2016 6:36:04 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove this cooler!

Pros: Beauty, fit, slick light's.

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: I would like to mention that a lot of people gave this fan a poor rating due to the fact that they blew the thing up within a year. In the interest of a push pull configuration I would like to suggest that the buyer look at the specs of this cooler. If one would note that it has a low fan speed of 1000 rpm, with a secondary or middle speed of 1500; then of course a top speed of 2200 rpm you could surmise that an equal pull fan would be required for a balanced set up. I chose the Startech fan as my pull or exhaust fan.
With all these whiners that hate noise O M G! You can't expect to do any overclocking with an unbalanced fan configuration IE any old exhaust case fan. Do your homework. And also look with your eye's while shopping. Also if you had any inclination of the quality of this cooler then maybe you should buy the 3 year extended warranty.
Despite the whiney little bi..... of this product I can say it works fine. I am overclocking an older LGA 775 QX6850 from stock 3 gigs to 3.66Gigs. As far as mass produced product I am happy with this cooler for what it is.
Oh another note have fun finding Zalmans extra fan that can be purchased for the pull configuration DOH! What a pain.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/4/2016 6:07:51 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsWorked until it stopped working

Pros: Worked well keeping the CPU cool, even under heavy loads, and was reasonably quiet.

Cons: The pump stopped working after only a year and a half, usually operating on a light load.

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  • Justin K.
  • 2/26/2016 11:32:30 PM

3 out of 5 eggsLooks good and performed great.... for a while.

Pros: I have add a second 120mm fan. Looks great and performed very good. Even when overclocking.

Cons: Pump has failed after a year. Pump seem to be running but sounds rough.

Other Thoughts: Got my fingers a little to close to the fan and had broke a blade off the fan. Zalman's RMA was great in getting me a new fan free of charge. I have not yet decided if I want to file a RMA for the pump. I am considering removing the pump and reuse the radiator along with my own pump and water block. Would like to water cool my GPU. Would not be a bad idea for Zalman to offer just the radiator for people wanting to build there own water cooling system.

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  • jedadiah t.
  • 1/16/2016 2:14:10 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsgreat looking and performing* cooler

Pros: Looks awsome aka not the cookie cutter square black thing that every other AIO unit uses. installation was easy for the most part. (see cons as well) IT dose its job and is pretty quite for the most part ( see other also)

Cons: instruction book sucks at one point it said install the correct screws..... no indication of witch ones where the right ones. i found out after i got half of them in i picked the to short ones. about the noise with the fan control on my motherboard i found a sweet spot at about 1100rpm where you can't really hear the fan. however if you need to ramp up the fan speed for youre set up it gets very loud at 70% its crazy.
the pump dose make some noise its not bad but at idle and under normal loads like in games its really the only thing i can hear out of my system.

Other Thoughts: set up I5 4790K asrock Z97 xtream 4 16gb gskill 2400 ddr3 msi 970 gaming4g, running the cooler as push/pull in the exhaust fan slot.
with the stock cooler and a mild OC of 3.9 (from 3.5) it ran at 70c under med gaming type load 50-70% cpu load. and at 65+ i had the stcok cooler fan at 90%. with this cooler after making sure i didn't mess anything up. this is the first system ive ever built. I ran the AS rock auto OC and it set it at 4.3Ghz and under any load so far its been 40-50c So im very happy with that this is also with both fans at a constant 1100rpm. i then have a steep ram up after 63c (witch it hasnt hit yet)
I have no idea if this is good performance I'm happy with it. way cooler than before and this thing looks awsome in my case.

I hope zalmann reads this its a very cool (haha see what i did there) pice but id like to see to changes might even buy it again if they do. longer hoses or at least a long version, and i mean like 2x that long and a second fan with the blads reversed so it pulls. If they did that i would have put it in the front of my case behind one of the intake fans. As it is now its right above the 970. I said it runs 40-50, it only hits 50 after ive been gaming a while. So i checked and if you feel the bottom of the shroud its warmer than the top. I would assume because of the hot but gpu right underneith it. but i played dragons dogma at 4k for like 6hrs nonstop yesterday with the gpu maxed and the cpu hovering around 60-70% the whole time ( who knew DD would push the cpu?) and it nevr got about 52c most of the time 45c.
I hope thats enuf info to help anyone whos on the fence with this thing. I love it and would buy it again. I'm gonna take one egg for the directions and the noise at high fan speeds.

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  • James E.
  • 12/7/2015 7:57:27 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsMAXIMUM COOLING, minimal dust

Pros: *The best point of the coolers is the radiator! While most conventional radiators collect lots of dust. The fins stay relatively dust free with this design.
*I usually install my radiators in a push pull configuration.
*Cools to the MAX, runs fairly quiet.

Cons: The radiator is BIG, and won't fit cases where conventional cooler radiators might.
A little tricky to install. but only crafty people do install these kind of parts anyways.

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  • Jason M.
  • 9/22/2015 1:48:11 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Cooler

Pros: Really keeps CPU cool
Works Great

Cons: Does not come in 140mm, stuck with blue

Other Thoughts: Please make a 140mm exactly like this one. And for the love of, since apparently we can't say his name on here, the man upstairs put some RED lights in them! Or an off switch! Can't be stuck with one color. These days cases that come with preinstalled fans are RED, BLUE OR WHITE! Everything in my case is red. Everything in the new build I'm about to do is RED.

Case - Rosewill BLACKHAWK-ULTRA Gaming Super Tower Computer Case (And it does not come in BLUE!) fans are 140mm and 230mm


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  • Matthew L.
  • 4/5/2015 4:37:15 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBroken out of box....

Pros: Looks cool
Mounting brackets seem pretty nice

Cons: Ive had this laying around for a couple months waiting on other parts for my build, and I finally got a chance to test fit and install this thing...well I took it out of the box and noticed something drip onto my had, one of the hoses on the water block is broken!! Zalman has yet to respond and NewEgg wont let me RMA/refund it becuase its over 90 days old even though I just opened it for the first time the other night.

Other Thoughts: Good thing I had my old Zalman cooler, at least I got my PC fired up again

Manufacturer Response:

Dear valued customer,

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

Thank you.

Best regards,

Zalman USA Customer Service

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  • Jason T.
  • 2/25/2015 12:48:35 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPleasantly surprised

Pros: Has a unique aesthetic look and a lot of blue LED making your build attractive - if you are ok being stuck with blue. Installed nicely in a mid-tower case. Has performed very well for nine months and counting.

Cons: No software and no included second fan for push-pull makes the base price a bit high. Some may find it a bit loud.

Other Thoughts: I added a second fan for push-pull. I have this product with the extra fan cooling the 8-core AMD FX-8350 at 4.3 and I have no temperature issues at all. I bought the product from New Egg at a discounted price and figured I would try it. No, I am not trying to push an extreme-edition LGA2011 to 5.0 with it, but it is doing exactly what a liquid CPU cooler is supposed to for the project I built. AMDs can run hot and mine has yet to hit 45C even after hours of use.

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  • Derek R.
  • 1/16/2015 8:04:39 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsFailed

Pros: Has a nice finish and looked great in the case. It fit perfectly in my Zalman Z11 Plus case.

Cons: A little over a year of service and the pump failed!!!! I came to turn on my PC and it would shut down immediately, I could hear the fan for the cooling rad ramping up to full speed. I realized that it was shutting down on thermal protection, that's when I noticed the pump had died out. I was sceptical about buying a closed loop cooler for my PC since the water levels or flow cannot be observed and this Zalman just reinforced it.

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