The Zalman Reserator 1 is a simple water cooling kit designed with Zalman's unique "touch" that supports all CPU speeds. Zalman's HCET (High Capacity Extrusion Technique) is used in the construction of the big blue radiator/tank, the Reserator, which is a combination of reservoir and radiator. Through natural convection, the Reserator 1 provides solid cooling performance with zero fans. According to Zalman, it is the world's first fan-less, noiseless water-cooling system. At the bottom of the big blue tank is an 80 gph water pump; so the tank actually serves three purposes. Additionally, the aluminum tank is anodized to prevent corrosion and rust. The included ZM-WB2 water block features a gold-plated copper base and aluminum cover that is protected against galvanic corrosion.
The diagram below illustrates the Reserator's flow design. It's a simple loop so expect the Reserator's cooling performance to be based solely on: a) the pump's flow rate, b) the performance of the water block which is dependent on the flow rate, and c) how well the tank's design cools the water supply. Here are the Reserator's specs:
- Radiation Area
: 1.274 m2
: 6.5 kg
: 150(L) x 150(W) x 592(H) mm
: Pure Aluminum, Anodized
- Coolant Capacity
: Max. 2.5L
- Maximum Integrated Water Pump
: 5 W, Qmax 300L/h
- Maximum Lift
: 0.5 m
A radiation area of 1.274 m^2 is very large and hopefully sufficient enough to keep the Reserator's water supply cool enough so that the kit can perform well. At 6.5kg and well over half a meter high, the Reserator is large and will not be movable once installed. The tank fits 2.5L of water and Zalman recommends distilled water although tap water is okay to use. The water block measures 64mm x 31mm and weighs 447g.
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