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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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  • 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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  • Alvaro S.
  • 11/3/2014 1:34:47 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDid not last!

Pros: While it lasted, good.

Cons: Lasted just a bit over a year. Bought this from NewEgg on 09/04/2013 and now as of 10/02/14, the pump went out. Be Warned!

Other Thoughts: No more Zalman for me!

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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  • Benjamin F.
  • 9/1/2014 5:46:14 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsstopped cooling after 6 months

Pros: Easy enough to install (though there is a caveat for switching motherboards, see cons), and it can be made push-pull with the fans. Initially this kept my amd fx-9590 below 70 C at full load, but the processor was never overly stable.

Cons: If one switched motherboards, the plastic mounting supports that go between the mobo and the mounting plate are not easily removed and will not stick to the new motherboard. This is a problem with most all of the mounting brackets for AM3+ though.

More problematic was after about 9 months it stopped working. This manifested as the computer turning on, the boot code on the mobo getting to FF and then the computer shutting off. I swapped out the mobo and the proc (FX-8320) and both did the same thing. Once I put an HSF on the 8320 everything has worked fine since.

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2 out of 5 eggsMeh, could be better

Pros: I bought this to go into my mini-itx build and was satisfied with it for about a week before I realized the issues with it (see cons). Other than the cons, the good things going for this is it can work in most smaller builds and provides good cooling for your CPU. Other than that, there's not much else I can say that was good with this.

Cons: Installing this was a bit tricky as lining up the screws was such a pain. After a week after install it started making the most annoying whining sound I have ever heard while I was gaming. I tried to do everything I could to relieve that sound (made sure screw were tight, tried rubber washers...etc), but alas I gave up and replaced it with a solution from Corsair. Overall, the unit works, but not well.

Other Thoughts: I would not recommend this to anyone looking for a cooling solution. There are better options available and for a much better price.

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  • Visa .
  • 6/20/2014 5:52:14 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Worked great for about 3 weeks. Kept my fx 6300@4.3 Ghz around 40 celcius most of the time, 50 at max load.

Cons: After working properly for 3 weeks, my computer wouldnt turn on. After trouble shooting and realising my cpu was nearly melting at 110 celcius, I found that this item had a leak! Luckily nothing else was damaged. But until I get a new one I'm stuck with the stock cooler.

Other Thoughts: Just wanna say this thing is awesome, but you always take the risk getting something with defects.

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