Zalman Reserator 1 V2 and Fan Kit

by Matthew Harris on October 24, 2006 in Cooling

Water cooling has a lot of benefits. First off it’s more effective, water removes heat close to ten times better than air. Secondly it’s generally quieter, this is owed to waters better thermal capacity and the fact that the radiators used have way more area than a simple HSF does. Today we take a look at an un-traditional water cooling system that’s about as quiet as you’ll ever get.

Page 2 – Close Look

Zalman has also created a the ZM-RF1 Fan Kit which is a top hat that that sits atop the Reserator and has a 140mm fan that forces air down the length of the Reserator’s body. I’ll be taking a look at it and see if it makes any difference to the overall performance of the system as a whole.

The Reserator comes packed in a huge box that shows full color shots of product and lists the various features on the ends. As you can see the box was compromised in shipping but fortunately the packaging is more than adequate at keeping your investment safe. The Fan Kit is also packed in a full color box that also outlines its features. Happily the Fan Kit made the trip unscathed.

Opening the box for the Reserator exposes the tubing and instructions and the top layer of foam packing material.

The blocks, fittings and coolant are in the next layer foam and the bottom layer is molded to cradle the Reserator itself. This adds up to a fairly bulletproof shipping system that keeps the Reserator safe from everything but the most extreme damage.

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