Zalman has officially announced the latest entry in its reserator family of liquid coolers, the Reserator 3 Max, with a bold claim: that it has created the first commercial CPU cooler to feature nanofluidic technology.
Zalman's Reserator 3 Max boasts 'nanoparticles' which, the company claims, increase the thermal conductivity of the liquid coolant.
First teased late last year
ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show in January, the Reserator 3 is a distinct departure from the large passively-cooled reservoir-cum-radiator of the original Reserator. Designed as an all-in-one system, the Reserator 3 joins a rounded waterblock with integrated pump to a small radiator with integrated fan - all finished with glowing blue LEDs.
According to Zalman, the system achieves cooling of loads up to 400W - though at what delta-T it is not willing to say, nor how you're supposed to feed it 400W of heat through a single CPU waterblock - through the use of a dual pure-copper radial radiator design. This layout, coupled with a rounded shape to the radiator which eliminates cooling dead-zones and room for an optional second 120mm fan, only accounts for part of the Reserator 3's cooling potential - with the rest powered by what Zalman claims is the world's first commercialised example of nanofluid cooling.
While Zalman is being quiet on exactly how the technology works, it claims to have added particles smaller than 100 nanometres to the fluid in the sealed-loop cooler. These, Zalman claims, improve the thermal conductivity of the liquid - although, again, beyond claims of nanotechnology it isn't talking specifics.
The waterblock, meanwhile, uses a micro-fin layout to speed heat transfer to the coolant with a total of 125 0.19mm fins sticking up into the flow of liquid. An integrated high-performance pump can shove said liquid through the system at a claimed 90 litres per hour flow rate.
The Reserator 3 Max's radiator measures 120mm x 145mm x 79mm, while the waterblock measures 70mm x 85mm x 37mm with the total kit coming in at 897g. Zalman claims the cooler offers a noise level of between 18.9 and 36.7dBa, depending on how fast the PWM-controlled fan is spinning. The kit includes mounts for all current Intel and AMD socket types, and comes with 1g of ZM-STG2M thermal grease.
While the Reserator 3 has yet to hit the mainstream markt in the UK, smaller sellers are already taking orders priced at £99.95 - a considerable premium over Zalman's existing family of all-in-one liquid coolers.
If you're curious as to the Reserator 3 Max's overall design, a small teaser video is provided below.