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    Zalman Reserator
    Author: JonnyGuru
    Date Posted:03/10/2005 13:46.43
    SLRating: SLRating: 10/10
    Bottom Line: SLCentral reviewed the Zalman Reserator 1, could this be the best cooling device on the market? Maybe, at $200 it mabe expensive but JonnyGuru still gave it 10 out of 10.

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    There were problems....

    My first mistake was thinking I could make a truly noises computer. I was naive. My first problem was using a fanless power supply. Initially, I had used the ePower Lion 450. Don't get me wrong as I still think fanless power supplies are great. But without any other fans in the case, the air is just dead and it takes no time at all for the inside of the case to get really hot.

    The video card and RAM didn't need active cooling, but because there was no air-flow inside the case, I started getting lock ups and artifacts and the problem certainly wasn't the CPU temperature because despite the ambient temperature of the case being somewhere near that of the sun, the CPU was cruising along at a mere 47C, which is a good 5C cooler than it ever ran with active cooling (previous HSF was a Coolermaster Heatpipe.)

    Because of the odd layout of the Lian-Li PC50, installing the "exhaust fan" (which is at the TOP of the case in the PC50) wasn't a hot idea either (pun not intended.) The lock ups and artifacts went away, but the fan had to run at a noisy RPM (80MM fans just suck in general. Pun intended this time.) Also, the fan couldn't help in keeping the PSU cool too, so the PSU overheated, it's fan kicked in, and I had a PC that was actually LOUDER than before I installed the Reserator.

    I ripped the power supply and exhaust fan out of the case. I reached for a power supply I had laying around that I never had a use for.. before now. It's a very vanilla Ultra V-Series 500W, but it seemed to be the best candidate for this job.

    With the Asus board I had to use (because of the reference holes for the heatsink) I needed a power supply with a single 12V rail. Because Asus Socket A boards don't use the 2x2 12V connector, I couldn't use a dual 12V rail power supply. Well.. technically I could, but that would leave me with a completely unused 12V rail. The V-Series had a big ol' 120MM fan that barely spun, so it was very quiet.. but still managed to move a lot of air. And because it was a 500W (it's kind of a cheap power supply, so to be fair I'll say it's more like a good 400W power supply) it had more than enough power, so I'd never really tax it with this build and it would never really get too hot.

    I'm very happy to say that, once I put the side panels back on, I couldn't hear the 120MM on the V-Series power supply at all. There were no artifacts or lock ups at all, so apparently it moved enough air to where I did not need any additional fans! Yeah! A quiet PC!

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    1. Introduction
    2. The Water Blocks
    3. Case Fittings
    4. Installing Hoses
    5. Fill er Up
    6. Problems
    7. Overclocking Issues
    8. Conclusions

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