Date: October 24th, 2006
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Zalman
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
The front panel is simple and elegant. A reset button, status light and LED-illuminated flow indicator let the user control and monitor all the functions from the front.
There are two power cords leading from the Reserator 2. These combine to alleviate a major issue with earlier Reserator models. Previously, the pump either ran continuously or the user had to be diligent enough to turn it on/off at the appropriate time. Those days are over. Zalman has added a relay to the Reserator 2 allowing the 120V pump to be switched on and off with the computer. This is a big plus, and one of my favorite new features. A plastic strain-relief bushing is molded to the DC cord and fits into a slot in the I/O bracket.
The CPU block and mounting solutions offer users support for older sockets as well as the latest Intel and AMD boards. There is even a separate bag with an AM2 clip. The block's base is gold-plated copper and the finish is immaculate.
The top is tough, clear polycarbonate with hose barbs and threaded brass mounting bosses molded in. The base has a large number of machined pins to enhance heat transfer from the CPU to the coolant. An o-ring pulls sealing duty here, and four screws secure the top to the base.
The VGA block is aluminum with a blue anodized finish. The base is flat and some evidence of the machining process is still visible. The mounting hardware is top-notch and the manual is complete and easy to follow. There are no ramsinks provided, but Zalman offers a waterblock for the ram as an option.
The inside surface has pins machined into the base, similar to the CPU block. Four screws secure the base and an o-ring keeps the fluid where it belongs.
The chrome-plated barbs can be rotated several degrees to make routing the tubing easier and the design allows the user to install the block on the vast majority of graphics cards.
Well, that's all the major components of the Reserator 2 kit from Zalman. We'll go over the rest of the kit in detail during installation. With that said, let's put it all together, wring it out, and see how it performs.