Zalman Reserator 3 MAX Nanofluid AIO Liquid CPU Cooler Review


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Zalman Reserator 3 MAX Nanofluid AIO Liquid CPU Cooler Review

By Tom Jaskulka

Manufacturer: Zalman Tech Co., Ltd.
Product Name: Reserator 3 MAX
UPC: 823884205497
Price As Tested: $129.99 (Newegg)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Zalman.

Zalman has always had a unique approach to CPU cooling.  Focusing on quiet performance, they’ve once again returned with their distinctive circular design to…wait, what’s this?  An all-in-one water cooler with a round radiator??  Well…from a company known for “Cool Innovations,” I guess we shouldn’t be surprised to see such a unique contribution to the All-In-One CPU cooler market.  When you first see it in person, it isn’t difficult to see why the Zalman Reserator 3 MAX AIO liquid CPU cooler was given the Innovation award from the Consumer Electronics Show at the beginning of 2013.  Complete with an infusion of nanofluids and a claimed 400W of cooling power, does the Reserator 3 MAX have the performance to back up the looks?  Benchmark Reviews is ready to place this unique AIO nanofluid cooler on an overclocked FX processor to see what the Reserator 3 MAX is capable of.


Features & Specifications

Reserator 3 MAX Radiator Water Block
Material Pure Copper & Black-Nickel Plated Base : Pure Copper
Weight 870g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 120x145x79mm 70x85x37mm
Pump Embedded Pump
Fan Dimensions Ø120 x 25(H)mm, Blue LED
Speed 1,000~2,200rpm ±10%
Noise Level 18.9~36.7dBA ±10%
Bearing Long Life Bearing
Speed Control PWM (Pulse Width Modulation)
Connector 4Pin(Radiator), 3Pin(Pump)
Input Voltage 12V
Thermal Grease
Contents 1g
Temperature Range -40°C ~ +150°C (-40℉ ~ +302℉)


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  1. David Ramsey

    I think you mean “90 liters per HOUR” pump, not “90 liters per MINUTE”.

    Although the latter would be cool. Literally.

    1. Tom Jaskulka

      Ha! An excellent catch, thanks for pointing that out (it should already be fixed in the article). I even made sure to reference the manufacturer’s page…and apparently just made up my own units. However, I agree that it would be cool – perhaps it was just wishful thinking on my part 😉 Hopefully Zalman will include the…uh…time compressor…on a 140mm model 🙂

  2. Xantosh

    managed to stumble across this fan on a parts list page the other day, was wondering how good its cooling is for vrm’s/NB, cause i have a GA-970A-D3 and in ambient temp of 32c, during gaming i see close to 70c, so judgin by your excellently written review, it would be perfect for my upgrade im going to do,

    Current: http://au.pcpartpicker.com/b/J5a
    Note: i couldn’t find my actual CPU on that site, its a PhenomII X2 560BE oc’d to 3.8GHz (can run stable at 4 but due to high heat here, i don’t flly OC it on the stock air cooler!)

    and this is what i want to add to it, (mostly just CPU bottle necking! and also the vidcard is a maybe, want to see how much alone the CPU will boost system performance!

    1. Tom Jaskulka

      Hello Xantosh, and thanks for reading the review! In your new/potential build you linked, you’re also using an 8320 so similar performance wouldn’t be out of the question – of course, with different components, it’s always hard to say what the specific result would be. Using the M5A99FX Pro R2 and the FX-8320 from my testbed, I saw an approximate 10C reduction in the temperature of the VRMs (the heatsink, really) which I could only attribute to the cooling effect from the Reserator 3 Max. It still cooled the CPU adequately too! My one recommendation would be to make sure the motherboard you choose has adequate PWM fan controls, as the results were obtained with the fan (and CPU) running at 100% – it’s a 120mm fan, so it can get pretty loud at full RPM, which you shouldn’t see under normal loads anyway. It’s certainly a unique cooler, and not for everyone, but I appreciated the VRM cooling it provided along with cooling the processor. I hope that helps!

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