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ZALMAN Reserator 3 MAX Dual Water Cooler

  • 1,000~2,300rpm +/-10%
  • Radiator Dim. 73 x 122 x 276mm (H x W x L)
  • Fan Dim. Ø120 x 25(H)mm, Blue LED
  • Fan Noise 23.2~46.6dBA +/-10%

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Reserator 3 MAX Dual Water Cooler

Reserator 3 Max Dual

Ultimate Liquid CPU Cooler

Zalman Tech Co., Ltd., was founded in 1999 and introduced to the computer industry the concept of "noiseless computing." In a world filled with noisy computers, "silent" cooling solutions were sought everywhere and contributed to Zalman's rapid growth into the world's leader of high performance, ultra-quiet PC cooling solutions.

Zalman continues to lead in the industry through decisive R & D investments, peerless craftsmanship, intensive global marketing, and generous customer support.

High Efficient Octa Cooling Path

Eight times more powerful cooling efficiency with two copper pipes - Octa cooling path system.
Reserator 3 Max Dual

Optimized Quad Radial Radiator Design

Slim fin pure copper quad radial radiator designed for optimized air flow.
Reserator 3 Max Dual

The World's First Nanofluids Applied Cooler

FZalman 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 10-9m (a billionth of a meter).
Reserator 3 Max Dual

Micro Fin Copper Base Applied for Quick Heat Transfer

Pure copper water block and inner micro-fin applied for quick heat transfer.
Reserator 3 Max Dual

Low Noise / High Performance Built-In Water Pump

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.
Reserator 3 Max Dual

Efficient VRM (Voltage Regulator Module) Cooling

Induction of the airflow inside the case increases cooling efficiency of the motherboard and VRM.
Reserator 3 Max Dual

Blue LED Applied Fan and Water Block

Blue LED on the water block and the radiator fan is applied to create the luxurious and powerful image.
Reserator 3 Max Dual

Black-Pearl Nickel Plated Heatsink

Anti-corrosion, elegant black pearl nickel plated heatsink.
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Excellent Hermeticity

Coolant is already placed inside the confined product, it can be used semi-permanently without replacement or separate maintenance.
Reserator 3 Max Dual

Exclusive Bracket for Easier Installation

Bracket provided to minimize the interference with the case and the components inside.
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Reserator 3 Max Dual

Compatible CPUs

  Socket CPU CPU Compatibility
Intel 2011 Core i7 Extreme Supports all speeds
Core i7
1366 Core i7 Extreme Supports all speeds
Core i7
1155/1156 Core i7 Extreme Supports all speeds
Core i7
Core i5
Core i3
1150 Core i7 Supports all speeds
Core i5
775 Core 2 Quad Supports all speeds
Core 2 Duo
Core 2 Extreme
Pentium Dual Core
Pentium D
Pentium 4
Celeron D
FM2 Trinity Supports all speeds
FM1 LIano Supports all speeds
AM3+ Vishera Supports all speeds
AM3 Phenom II Supports all speeds
Athlon II
AM2+ Phenom II Supports all speeds
Athlon FX
Athlon X2
AM2 Athlon FX Supports all speeds
Athlon X2

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

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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Customer Reviews of the Zalman Tech Co., Ltd Reserator 3 MAX Dual

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  • Jerry S.
  • 8/10/2015 1:42:24 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsFailed in 4 months

Pros: It works OK when it works. If you hear a buzzing noise coming from your computer you should refer to the Cons.

Cons: It has a limited life span and poor support.

Other Thoughts: Zalman will not respond to warrantee support. This tells me the problem is common.

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  • Joseph R.
  • 8/7/2015 6:42:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNoisy

Pros: Very good at cooling the CPU. Nice adjustable bracket to fit motherboards with large heat sinks, memory, etc...

Cons: Very noisy fluid sounds when running. It sounds like bubbles are being flushed through the pump constantly. No other liquid cooler that I have used is this noisy. The bubble sounds usually dissipate after a few seconds of running, but not this one. Would be 5 eggs if it were quiet.

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  • Amy P.
  • 6/25/2015 12:25:57 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsZalman Reserator 3 Review

Pros: unbelievable cooling keeps my asrock x99 intel i7-5820K when oc at 4.2GHZ temp between 33 to37c.First on i got came damaged but newegg as usual helped me quickly.I would recommend this to anyone

Cons: had to do some fab work to get it to fit my NZXT Phantom PHAN-001RD ATX Full Tower case.took a little while but looks other probs to report.

Other Thoughts: i'm buying the single to fit my Kraken G10 gpu mounting kit

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  • SCott L.
  • 5/15/2015 12:26:20 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsZalman Reserator 3 Review

Pros: Fantastic Liquid Cooling
Cool and innovative Design
Attractive appearance
Sturdy construction
Closed loop system that is maintenance free

Cons: Price is a little higher compared to other options.

Other Thoughts: Let me start by saying I am a loyal New Egg Customer. My 1st unit was damaged in shipping and New Egg promptly took care of me. So Reason #1 to shop here.

Once the 2nd unit arrived in perfect shape I began the install. Install is pretty straight forward you will just need to make sure you have space. Anyone who can build a PC should not have trouble with this.

NOTE: The radiators and fans are THICK u will need space. Did I mention u need space????

In my AMD Scorpicus Mid tower I had to massage my case with a dremel by opening some new "Air Vents" in the top so I could shift the unit such that it does not touch the Ram. Also had to "trim" the fins on my Ram. (Gotta Love a Dremel) With the unit mounted and in place and everything reconnected and doublechecked, I fired the beast up. I am working with the following.

Asrock Fatal1ty MB,
32gb Gskill Ripjaw Ram
dual 240gb SSD Hard Drives
500gb Seagate barricuda
Soundblaster ZX Sound Card
AMD Radeon R9 295 X2 8gb Video Card

So system boots fine and using the utility that comes with the Fatal1ty MB, I see my temps have dropped way down.
So now to Test...

Prior to this cooler using a Cooler Master Seidon 120 I would get 60 degrees Celsius using Star Citizen.

Stock clock with the Zalman.... 42/44 degrees Celcius.

So now I overclock.
After numerous settings, voltage chages, and reboots
(Won't bore ya with the details)
I now have my FX 8350 running stabily at 4.4ghz and on normal games my temps are 43/45 degrees celcius and Star citizen maxed out runs 54/55 degrees celcius.

So the effects are clear. This cooler can get the job done. I wish it would have been offered at a 99.99 price point vs the 134.99 price I paid, but you do get what you pay for as they say.


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  • Sammie W.
  • 3/20/2015 6:21:55 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAlmost Perfect

Pros: Keeps an aging 8350 quite cool @ 4.4 gHz 18c Idle up to 48-49c on full load in AOD stability test, for days if it pleases.

Assembly parts included are of excellent quality.

Backplate mounting was quite frankly, genius. Got this in by myself. (use that box it came in to sit it on and keep it cpu level while you work at the side panel of the case)

Cons: Included 120mm PWM fans are complete and total garbage, it's the reason for the docked egg unfortunately. It's so disappointing, in such a high cost AIO cooling solution, especially from Zalman. The cooling of the fans isn't poor, but they also aren't anywhere near what they should be; especially for the noise generated from the materials they are made from. They are made from some kind of very rigid hard plastic, I couldn't find any fan setting, from profile to full bore; that didn't make that slight plastic mechanical tick. The fans were easily replaced and the rest is history. Also! While the fans "can" be replaced, be careful. The plastic I mentioned is also what shrouds the radiator itself. If you go to replace them just take it slow and brace the plastic around the rad with your free hand. It does NOT like torque when replacing the fans. Be warned.

Other Thoughts: Have an i7 4790k on its way. I'm hoping with the lower TDP, it'll serve me even better when that arrives.

Also, it has to be noted, my case is a Thermaltake Core V71. There is a rail offset from the motherboard running on top of the inside of the case. Make sure you have the room and especially the width. As it is, with my LP memory it still barely has an inch between the fans and the top of the memory heatsink and this case is huge, so be aware. VERY IMPORTANT: Read the Instructions carefully and make sure you are using the correct screws for the right step/socket. Very easy to mix some of these up to the untrained eye.

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  • Michael M.
  • 3/9/2015 11:31:40 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsMy First Pre-Assembled Liquid Cooling System... and I'm old.

Pros: Nice and gigantic... Well engineered and designed as most Zalman products are. My ancient liquid cooling system started leaking, so I had to switch to the CHEAPO stock fan. Jeez, AMD fans are terrible. My FX-8350 was getting absolutely annoying with fan noise under half load and even after re-seating the fan with a better thermodynamic compound, it still sounded like a Dyson Airblade when just watching TV. After some good success installing one of their smaller offerings in a friend's rig, I decided to give this a go to shut this thing up for good. The proc would hit 65C at half to 3/4 load before as if the fan wasn't even built for the proc and I was running stock speeds. With this, I've never seen it crack 40C even while gaming. That's good in my book and the installation (for proper cases) is a breeze.

Cons: From a design standpoint, I would have liked to see the ability to easily reverse the mounting. I knew ahead of time my case wasn't tall enough with clearance between the top of the motherboard and the case, but I have an Antec LANBoy (dumb name) whatever case that is just a skeleton and mesh that I just sawed into the top and the fans have enough flow, but they are pushing down. Obviously not the optimal top exhaust everyone should have, but two 120mm rear and side fans pull well and oddly enough, my GTX980 runs cooler now that it doesn't have to share airspace with a hairdryer above it.

The instructions aren't "hard" for enthusiasts to follow, but they are a bit "Ikea" and tiny. I also had one bad LED on a fan upon arrival, but of course this is after you install this thing and Newegg offered to RMA, but I wanted to hit Zalman to just replace the fan. At the time Zalman's entire website was down which was weird, but hopefully they will just "be cool" and send me a fan.

Other Thoughts: I was happy with the results of this and purchased a second one for my i7-980X that I am transitioning to a home automation and media server.

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  • Anthony S.
  • 2/1/2015 1:49:18 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome!

Pros: I'm an engineer, and I run a gaming system because it's the only system that can keep up with my number crunching. This system keeps my Core I7 Extreme 8-Core CPU nice and cool running at full throttle!!!

Cons: Fans are a little loud, but you can adjust the speed in bios. Doesn't seem to be made to fit any case, really. I have a "Cooler Master" Case (sick case) and it took me all of 5 minutes to modify it with a drill and shears to make it work.

Other Thoughts: Worth the money. I always recommend Zalman cooling products - I can take a little fan noise over a hot CPU any day!!

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  • Ian E.
  • 10/20/2014 11:12:14 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorth the time and effort

Pros: This cooler keeps my I7-5820k Proccessor overclocked to 4.2ghz between 15-and20c at an idle (the 20c is only on one core #2 which just seems to run hotter than the others.) at a full load burn in test does not go above 50C!

looks wonderful with the blue leds on fans, and on the center block that goes to your cpu.

High quality contruction and parts everything is solid and durable the closed loop system looks like it will not leak to me.

quiet even under a heavy load does not sound bad definantly a better tone than a air cooler too.

Cons: huge, but you should know this already if your looking for cooling of this magnitude for your computer why would you have a small case?

brackets are sometimes hard to keep the snaps and screw holders together but the bracket is wonderful to match to all sorts of cases as it is adjustable so not too much of a con just part of the time to install to make it right.

take your time do it correctly, install your ram and other things first!!! or you will have to take it off serveral times like I did.

Other Thoughts: would definantly purchase again no complaints for me and this is my first liquid cooler managed it worked in system first try no leaks

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  • David V.
  • 10/5/2014 8:09:24 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Excellent cooling. I run in a sometimes hot environment up to 38 degrees C (101 degrees F). This CPU cooler keeps my system running. Blue LEDs on the cooler are cool.

Cons: The cooling fans are meant to be installed at the inside top of the case, and the case should have an open grill on top of the case so the fans can blow air out through the top of the case. But this was not obvious to me before purchasing the product.

The cooling fans did not fit in my case. The cooling fan unit is large, with both fans connected together. This large size is required to be able to cool as well as it does. My memory has tall heat spreader fins, which were too tall to be able to fir both the memory with fins and this CPU cooler's large fans inside the case. I removed the grill on top of my case, moved the cooler's fans to the OUTSIDE top of the case, created a bracket for both mounting the fans securely and blocking the air flow out the top of the case except for the air flow through the fans. The bracket was a large flat piece to cover the top of the case (with the top grill removed) with a figure-8 cut-out in the center. The fans are so securely mounted, that I can pick up my whole case by lifting the fans. I did not need to get a new super-size case, I have cool looking fans on top of my case, the cool LEDs in the fans are clearly visible, and most importantly my CPU and my whole case stay cool.

Other Thoughts: Great cooling system for hot CPUs. I would recommend it. Just be aware of what you are getting in the size and mounting requirements of the fans.

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  • Michael B.
  • 9/27/2014 7:44:46 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsZALMAN Reserator 3 MAX Dual Water Cooler

Pros: Large fans & liquid cooling system should provide excellent cooling

Cons: Enormous hardware. Keep this in mind and review your PC case dimensions when purchasing.

Unfortunately for me this product 100% failed to cool CPU,
CPU temperatures spiked to well over manufacture spec upon correct installation within less than 1 minute

Other Thoughts: RMA requested.

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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