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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [08.11.04]
Manufactured by: Zalman


The Hardware






First up, of course, is the silicone tubing:

The Reserator 1 includes 3 meters of 12mm (external) x 8mm (internal diameter) tubing, which is plenty considering that the heatsink cannot be placed too far from the waterblocks due to the weak pump. If you do run out of tubing, you can feel free to use some of your own, as long as it is the same size as the original. I haven't found a place online that sells this particular tubing from Zalman.

To keep control of waterflow when maintaining the system, four clamps are included. Be sure to read the manual on how to use these, so you don't end up spilling water all over your system!

At the top of the picture, you can see the adapter brackets that are included. This allows the installation inside the case to be separated from the outside of the case, for ease of maintenance and installation. They screw into an open PCI bracket, and fit perfectly well. As you can see:

I found that using two PCI slots made installation much neater overall. With these adapters, all I would have to do is clamp off the tubes on both sides of the case, and unscrew the adapters. I can then change the water, or work on inside of the system if I want.

To help make sure everything is running along smoothly, this flow indicator is included in the kit. Its purpose is simple; it allows you to easily see whether there is water flowing freely through the Reserator 1 system. This is actually the new unit; the originals were made out of plastic. Zalman has recalled the plastic flow indicators, and is replacing them with these new glass/steel ones free of charge. Check out this page for more information. As always, it's great to see a manufacturer give support when they know they made a poor decision.

This leaves the base of the unit as the only part using plastic fittings. I really would have liked to see Zalman go with steel fittings here, but if they didn't recall these ones, I guess we don't have that much to worry about.

Now, to find out how it performs!

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