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    Thumbs up water cooling system poll

    hi
    doing a poll on the zalman resarator plus water cooling kit
    first off,lm not overclocking
    looking for good cooling and quiet
    please vote and if you want to comment,please do so
    cheers
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    I was initially looking at one of these, but it's too bulky. You have to carry the external reserator everywhere, and most reviews state it gives minimally better cooling than aggressive air cooling.

    My 2 cents anyway.

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    Most folks already know my opinion on these cheesey one-piece wonder kits; they generally suck. Granted, I DO overclock, but I still prefer performance over the half hearted attempt that this type of cooling solution provides.

    So I would agree with the post above simply because I haven't found one of the one piece wonders that has worked good yet; and before you ask, yes I have tested several. Not this Zalman, but a quick peek at the manufacturers data specs doesn't show me anything that would lead me to believe it performs any better than the others I have worked with.
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    Default Re: water cooling system poll

    water cool is so complicated it might brings you problems like leaking, and also water cool is too expensive

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    Default Re: water cooling system poll

    Quote Originally Posted by becundo
    water cool is so complicated it might brings you problems like leaking, and also water cool is too expensive
    Complicated? Not hardly. Won't bring you problems when done properly. Watercooling isn't too god awful expensive either, if you've got a system that you can take full advantage of the extra cooling with. I recommend setting up your own system using the Hydor L20 as a good, quiet pump. I am not positive what the best blocks and radiators are anymore though.

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    I'm thinking about getting the Reserator. But not for improved cooling. Its the Quiet aspect that interests me. So long as it does a good enough job cooling. If it does as well as agressive air cooling then thats good enough for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darthtanion
    Most folks already know my opinion on these cheesey one-piece wonder kits; they generally suck. Granted, I DO overclock, but I still prefer performance over the half hearted attempt that this type of cooling solution provides.

    ...I haven't found one of the one piece wonders that has worked good yet; and before you ask, yes I have tested several. Not this Zalman...
    So, never having used this product you feel qualified to classify it as "cheesy" and "half-hearted"?

    The Reserator, along with most of the other Zalman products, is specifically pitched to folks interested in silence, not bleeding-edge performance.

    The fairest criteria to judge it by would be "Does it keep my processor relatively cool AND is it silent?"
    It would also be fair to ask "What exactly are you cooling?"
    After all, dealing with a Prescott is a whole 'nother ballgame than cooling a Winchester.

    I have used a Reserator (not the revised, new version) and it kept my 3500 Winnie (@2.53GHz) well within reasonable temps...typically 10c or so over the previously installed high end air cooling.
    For all intents and purposes it is inaudible.
    After my two week run it was installed on our shop's demo machine where it ran happily, 24/7, for the next three months till it was sold.
    Granted, this is not an exhaustive test (but longer than most of the web reviews, I'll bet), but still, I would hardly call the Reserator's performance orconstruction "cheesy".

    My two cases are a CM Stacker and a Silverstone TJ-06, so portability is not a priority to me anyway...the extra bulk/complexity of the Zalman was a total non-issue.
    It was nice that the Reserator requires absolutely no case mods to install.

    The forum at Silent PC Review has a lot of information regarding this product...it's worth checking out.

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    Considering that I am very comfortable with water cooling and that I do research manufacturers specifications about their products, yes I do feel I am qualified to issue an opinion. I don't expect everyone to agree with it, so you might get off your high horse for a while.

    Besides, I am the type that does a job right, not half-way. If your own views are different, so be it.
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    My horse and I both agree that you are entitled to any opinion you like...even opinions based on "quick peeks at the manufacturer's data specs" and not personal experience.

    I too am comfortable with water cooling, comfortable enough in fact to realize that sometimes a nice, quiet solution trumps one built to scream.
    My experience with the new 90nm AMDs (two Winchesters and one San Diego) shows me that they require very little in the way of hardcore cooling...even the stock AMD HSF would keep them under 40c while Priming.
    The 6800 series nVidia cards on the other hand are little supernovas and I have yet to find a really good solution for them.

    But I digress.
    Trigger and I would both recommend the Reserator for the person who wants to balance performance with silence...a difficult tightrope to walk, but one the Zalman manages with aplomb.
    I am seriously considering getting one of the new "plus" versions for my home PC and leaving the more extreme solutions for shop projects.

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    I'm thinking dump the premade kits and make your own with the Hydor L20 as I earlier said in this thread.

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