Date: December 3rd, 2007
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Zalman USA
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
First, the Reserator.
The front panel is made from a thick aluminum plate and has three “gauges” that allow the user to monitor the operation and performance of the XT during use. In the center is a digital display, flanked by analog fan speed and flow rate dials.
A large knob (labeled “Volume” for some reason,) allows the user to adjust fan speed and coolant flow rate in manual mode. With the Reserator XT in Auto mode, the fan speed and coolant flow rate (pump speed) are automatically adjusted dependant upon coolant temperature. The “Temp. M” button toggles the display between Celsius and Fahrenheit. The center button, true to its label, toggles the XT to run the fan and pump in auto or manual mode, and the LED/Reset button turns the digital display on/off; pressing it for five seconds resets the Reserator to its default settings.
A flow indicator is mounted on the right side of the unit, giving the user a visual indication of coolant flow, or lack thereof. Five vents on each side provide air intake for the two tube and fin radiators mounted inside the Reserator case.
On top, a large knurled cap allows easy access to the internal reservoir. The cap has a knurled edge, a vent hole and is sealed with an o-ring. The finned extrusions on either side of the Reserator are part of the passive cooling system.
The rear of the unit has female quick connect fittings to accept the tubing, and each is clearly labeled for correct flow. Just above the “OUT” fitting is the power connector that allows the XT to be turned on and off with the host computer. Some stylish grillwork keeps errant fingers out of the 140mm fan with a minimum of airflow restriction.
The bottom of the unit has four rubber feet to protect the finish of whatever it's placed on. All metal fasteners used to assemble the XT are made of either chrome plated steel or stainless steel, further evidence of Zalman's attention to detail and material quality.