Installing the Zalman Reserator 1 is very simple. The first order of business is installing the water block. Depending on what type of socket you are using, it may be necessary to remove the motherboard in order to install a backplate or screw something in from behind. I will be installing the Reserator in socket 478 system which uses the default retention bracket that makes things a little bit easier.
After spreading a clean layer of Arctic Silver on the processor and inserting the blue metal clips into the retention bracket, the next step is simply placing the ZM-WB2 block down with its metal clip.
Using included thumbscrews, the clip is screwed down into the blue clips securing the water block. This step is fairly easy -- just screw the thumbscrews until they don't go any further. There is not much to worry about. Next up is deciding what lengths of tubing to cut and use to connect the water block to fittings which will sit in a PCI slot. The easiest method is to first attach the tubes to a PCI slot. One end of the tube slides on to the fitting and then the cap is screwed on to trap the tube in place.
Then we have to place this end into a slot and secure it from the other side with a nut.
By now attaching the tubes to the fittings and securing them tightly should feel natural if this is new to you. Here are a couple more pictures:
The bottom of the Reserator has two fittings clearly marked IN and OUT. The final step is to connect tubes from the OUT to the flow indicator, the flow indicator to the PCI slot, and from the PCI slot back to the Reserator IN.
The orange piece at the center of the flow indicator shakes rapidly when water is flowing. Here is a final shot of the Reserator fully installed.
The instructions say to run the Reserator for an hour to test for leaks before turning the computer on. I did this as a first time water cooler user and found myself extremely confident that the Reserator was not going to leak and ruin my computer. And now for some testing.
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