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Zalman  Reserator 3 Max
7.7 out of 10

Zalman Reserator 3 Max

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Overall 8

Pleasantly surprised

Jason T., Newegg
25 February 2015
  • Summary: I added a second fan for push-pull. I have this product with the extra fan cooling the 8-core AMD FX-8350 at 4.3 and I have no temperature issues at all. I bought the product from New Egg at a discounted price and figured I would try it.
  • Pros: Has a unique aesthetic look and a lot of blue LED making your build attractive - if you are ok being stuck with blue. Installed nicely in a mid-tower case. Has performed very well for nine months and counting.
  • Cons: No software and no included second fan for push-pull makes the base price a bit high. Some may find it a bit loud.
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Overall 4


Derek R., Newegg
16 January 2015
  • Pros: Has a nice finish and looked great in the case. It fit perfectly in my Zalman Z11 Plus case.
  • Cons: A little over a year of service and the pump failed!!!! I came to turn on my PC and it would shut down immediately, I could hear the fan for the cooling rad ramping up to full speed. I realized that it was shutting down on thermal protection, that's when I noticed the pump had died out. I was sce...
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Overall 2

Did not last!

Alvaro S., Newegg
3 November 2014
  • Summary: No more Zalman for me!
  • Pros: While it lasted, good.
  • Cons: Lasted just a bit over a year. Bought this from NewEgg on 09/04/2013 and now as of 10/02/14, the pump went out. Be Warned!
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Overall 6

stopped cooling after 6 months

Benj F., Newegg
1 September 2014
  • Pros: Easy enough to install (though there is a caveat for switching motherboards, see cons), and it can be made push-pull with the fans. Initially this kept my amd fx-9590 below 70 C at full load, but the processor was never overly stable.
  • Cons: If one switched motherboards, the plastic mounting supports that go between the mobo and the mounting plate are not easily removed and will not stick to the new motherboard. This is a problem with most all of the mounting brackets for AM3+ though. More problematic was after about 9 months it stop...
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Overall 4

Meh, could be better

Bernardo R., Newegg
28 July 2014
  • Summary: I would not recommend this to anyone looking for a cooling solution. There are better options available and for a much better price.
  • Pros: I bought this to go into my mini-itx build and was satisfied with it for about a week before I realized the issues with it (see cons). Other than the cons, the good things going for this is it can work in most smaller builds and provides good cooling for your CPU. Other than that, there's not muc...
  • Cons: Installing this was a bit tricky as lining up the screws was such a pain. After a week after install it started making the most annoying whining sound I have ever heard while I was gaming. I tried to do everything I could to relieve that sound (made sure screw were tight, tried rubber washers...e...
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Overall 6

User Review

Visa ., Newegg
20 June 2014
  • Summary: Just wanna say this thing is awesome, but you always take the risk getting something with defects.
  • Pros: Worked great for about 3 weeks. Kept my fx 6300@4.3 Ghz around 40 celcius most of the time, 50 at max load.
  • Cons: After working properly for 3 weeks, my computer wouldnt turn on. After trouble shooting and realising my cpu was nearly melting at 110 celcius, I found that this item had a leak! Luckily nothing else was damaged. But until I get a new one I'm stuck with the stock cooler.
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Overall 10

TY Zalman

todd h., Newegg
20 May 2014
  • Pros: I had wrote a review before, and was pretty satisfied with cooler even though I had to add fan to get the temps where I wanted them, no big deal, I think they even mention to do that on high perf. setups.What I'm writing about is the fan started to make noise- I brought it to the attention of Zal...
  • Cons: no cons so far as Zalman took care of me.
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Overall 2


Charles Z., Newegg
6 May 2014
  • Summary: 4570 K CPU MSI Z 87 – G 45 motherboard Sentry large gaming case. Plenty of fans.
  • Pros: Build Quality
  • Cons: Just won’t keep CPU cool. Running at 49 – 51°C at IDLE and 67 to 69°C with even a minor load on it. The computer runs. Crazy at such high temperatures. Pulled off CPU again re-seated and used Artec silver still no improvement.4570 K CPU MSI Z 87 – G 45 motherboard Sentry large gaming case. Plenty...
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Overall 10

I am impressed

Brian S., Newegg
10 March 2014
  • Summary: I bought an Intel Watercooler and they use a plastic backplate that will not mount the Intel cooler solid to the motherboard. This Zalman fits SOLID. Also most cases have a hard time fitting watercoolers because the radiator is over sized.. But not this Zalman.. No wonder it got a 2013 CES Award.
  • Pros: Runs cool and quiet on an Asus Maximus Motherboard. Installs solid to a metal back plate. Fits where ever you have a exhaust 120mm fan. Looks cool.. Temps dropped 10c compared to Intel watercooler.
  • Cons: Maybe a slight ball bearing fan noise when my case is open. I cant think of anything else.
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Overall 10

great cooler

Anonymous, Newegg
5 March 2014
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