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Zalman ZM-RF1
4.4 out of 10

Zalman ZM-RF1

Equipped with a larger fan and a vertical duct structure, The Read more

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Overall 10
10

I'm Really Amazed

Anonymous, Newegg
29 June 2008
  • Summary: Others have said it doesn't look that good on top of the Reserator but Zalman really did a nice job on this. Maybe it doesn't look good, but it certainly doesn't look bad. The Reserator itself is a really nice looking piece of equipment and just about anything would probably take away from the looks...
  • Pros: This thing really made a difference in temperature on the Reserator. It had been noticeably warm to the touch and I had been considering just positioning a small fan to blow air across it, and then I found this. The Reserator fins went from warm to actually feeling cool to the touch in just an ho...
  • Cons: None.
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Overall 10
10

Worth the Dosh

Rohan T., Newegg
16 May 2008
  • Summary: I consider the fan an essential part of the Reserator cooling system. Any overclocker's goal should be to drop those temperatures as low as possible, and if an extra fan on top of your tower helps you achieve that goal then it's money well spent.
  • Pros: It does just what you want it to do: draw heat away from the fins on the Reserator tower which in turn keeps the temperatures low inside your box. The fan itself is relatively easy to install and appears to be of the typical sort of quality I've come to expect from Zalman. The more of their produ...
  • Cons: Your passive cooling system is no longer passive, but you knew that when you bought the fan. As others have noted, cable management can be kind of messy and looks less than 100% aesthetically pleasing, but it's the fan's ability to drop your temperatures that really matters.
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Overall 8
8.0

It works!

Quy D., Newegg
5 February 2008
  • Summary: I guess lowering it by 5-7C degree is worth $23.99. I hooked it up to my motherboard's fan pin.
  • Pros: It actually loweres the Reserator 1 v2 by 5C-7C. Completely silent even at 1800RPM.
  • Cons: LED isn't that bright. You can barely see it.
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Overall 10
10

4 Degrees of Seperation

Anonymous, Newegg
15 October 2007
  • Summary: Once this is on place your hand below the Tower and you will feel that this is moving the right amount of air, down the tower, for it to function very well. It only needs air slightly moving across the fins for good cooling to take place. Thanks Zalman - And, of course, NEWEGG ROCKS.
  • Pros: I bought this with the 'common sense' understanding that this would just move air across the Sink Fins. I knew that in no way would this effect the cooling in any major way. It can't with this type of material/water cooling system. However it does move enough air 'DOWN' the tower to increase cool...
  • Cons: None.
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Overall 6
6.0

Ehh...

Harold C., Newegg
20 September 2007
  • Summary: I believe that I got very little value out of this purchase. My previously clean case and work of art (the tower) are covered in poorly managed power cords and a loud fan. I would second guess anyone from making this purchase.
  • Pros: Provides some airflow when there was none. However, I can't figure out if the airflow is up or down.
  • Cons: The power cords proved to be a mess when I attached the fan to my tower and the clips that are used for cable management are very hard to remove. I have yet to do benchmarks.
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Overall 10
10

Results

ROBERT*COACH, Newegg
5 April 2007
  • Pros: Baseline operating temp was 50-58 C under load. After installing watercooling operating temp dropped to 47-49C under full load. But was absolutely silent. After adding the reserator fan temps have been 36C no load and 44C full load. Steady as a rock. I have the fan set at about 50% speed as it is...
  • Cons: Power is provided vid 12V socket that mates with the computer power supply instead of having a separate external PS. This means that you have to run wires a meter from the Reservetor to the case. Not a very elegant solution. I plan on setting it up with its own PS and eliminating the pigtail to t...
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Overall 8
8.0

Who designed this thing?

Anonymous, Newegg
4 April 2007
  • Summary: I ended up using some construction paper and covered the tower to the bottom of the fins. Now the air is forced down the entire tower.
  • Pros: Quiet, integrated with the tower
  • Cons: blows air down instead of helping convection and pulling air up. Only covers a small part of the tower.
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Overall 6
6.0

cheaper solution

Anonymous, Newegg
28 March 2007
  • Summary: oh ya, i painted it so that was another $5 for a can of spray paint. the folgers cans fit nice and tight on the fins. You also need a spacer of some kind otherwise the center of the fan rubs on the top of the reserator. I just have mine pinned up for now.
  • Pros: none, i don't own one, but im sure it works fine
  • Cons: What i did is buy three plastic canisters (the large ones) of Folger's coffee, cut out the handles and bottoms and taped them together end to end, then i cut the bottom of the top one out a little smaller and bolted a 120mm fan to it, then jimmy rigged and AC-DC converter together so i could plug...
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Overall 6
6.0

User Review

Bruce P., Newegg
30 December 2006
  • Summary: Overall Happy, i guess i just expected it to cool it more, but it does help.
  • Pros: Easy install, quite when needed
  • Cons: Thought it should provide better cooling/ drops in temps. over time on full power it brings my Cpu down to 37-39C.
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Overall 8
8.0

Welcome Addition

Anonymous, Newegg
12 November 2006
  • Summary: this could have been more thought out as fan is smaller than the OD of the enclosure. forth right it should almost touch the housing to increase efficiency. Secondly sleeve should go all the way to the bottom so air would be pulled all the way from the bottom to the top, but is an easy thing to...
  • Pros: Adds wanted additional forced (sort of) cooling buy pulling air over cooling heat sinks add just a slight amount of noise compared to the old school 2 120mm and a 90mm in the hd cage and a delta 80mm X 35mm on the processor I can hear my self breath now. It's now pleasant and more anesthetically ...
  • Cons: added cost should be included with it standard but Zalman is associated with Passive. also you have to wire it in your self
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