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Zalman Reserator 1 Plus Water Cooling System - Page 6 of 6
Posted: September 26, 2005
Author: Asylum
Manufacturer: Zalman
Source: Zalman USA
Purchase: PriceGrabber
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Conclusion:

Although the Reserator is much larger then most, OK... all water coolers, its not actually intruding on my workspace and actually gives a high tech look to the space. Zalman seems to have put a lot of quality into the craftsmanship of this system. All of the parts are well built. There was a small leak; however on the outside of the case, but we all know a leak can be deadly to a computer. Hopefully we also take the extra precaution of assembling and running any water cooling system outside the case before installing it.

Installation is very simple; a second set of hands would be helpful but is not necessary. The cooler performed just as anticipated; extremely quiet operation and decent temperature control. Although a temperature drop was not noted on the CPU, a very large drop was noticed over both of the video cards.


A quick PriceGrabber search showed this water cooling system selling in the $225-260 range (with one VGA block) and a second VGA block available for $27-35. Definitely a significant investment, but the price reflects the quality and attention to detail.

Overall the Zalman Reserator 1 Plus earns 4 out of 5 stars, and definitely makes the list of "Recommended" products.

Final Rating (4 out of 5 stars):


Pros:

• Great GPU cooling performance
• Ultra quiet
• Easy assembly & installation
• Well built parts
• Long hose
• Flow indicator
• Stylish appearance

Cons:

• Small leak found on reservoir connection
• “Average” CPU cooling performance

Special thanks to Zalman USA for providing the Reserator 1 Plus Water Cooling System to Bigbruin.com for review!

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