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Has anyone tried the Zalman Reserator 3?

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118145

Just wondering how it performs compared to comparable CLCs out there because of how interesting the design is.
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http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/zalman_reserator_3_max_review,12.html
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The Zalman Reserator 3 MAX is definitely something new and interesting to aesthetics wise inside any chassis ( under the premise that you like the design). That much I'll give Zalman. Overall though the implementation however is fairly average. Now if you stick at default clock frequencies and do not overclock then the temperatures and noise levels will remain acceptable yet comparable with a good heatpipe cooler. So in that sense it is a decent replacement for your overall heatpipe cooler. The problem is that once you go outside realm of system defaults, this a processor overclock, that's where things start to disappoint very fast as the noise levels become an hinderance.

Says enough to be honest. It's funny looking, true, but at great cost performance-wise.
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I tested the Dual Max unit a while back against the H100i, Antec 1250, Seidon 240, etc. It looks different, but the same as the rest of the CLCs - middling performance, lots of noise and a high price.
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I love Zalman biggrin.gif I have an old Zalman Reserator XT that I used for my server PC tongue.gif
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I think part of the reason the cooling is mediocre compared to comparable CLCs is because of the open radiator design where there's no shroud or cover to enclose the radiator. This means that it can't take advantage of Bernoulli's Principle where a fluid (such as the air radiating in a case) will decrease in pressure and increase in speed.

I might buy one and test out whether or shroud to induce a closed radiator design would help improve temperature performance.
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