Zalman Reserator 3 Max Dual CPU Cooler Reviewby E. Fylladitakis on August 19, 2014 6:00 PM EST
Testing Results, Low Fan Speed (7 Volts)
The second round of testing takes place with the supply voltage of the fans and the pump at 7V. Although certain fan models and pumps can work at lower voltages as well, we consider 7V to be the threshold of maximum compatibility (i.e. all fans and pumps should operate seamlessly with this voltage, and all fan controllers/motherboards should be able to supply it).
|Core Temperature, Constant Thermal Load|
After dropping the voltage of the fans down to 7V, the characteristic performance of the Reserator 3 Max Dual remains unchanged, with the cooler delivering outstanding performance at low loads and, once again, the thermal resistance decreases as the load increases.
With their supply voltage decreased to 7V, the fans are still audible but generating just 37.4 dB(A), a fairly comfortable figure. Remember that the fans are PWM controlled and their speed may decrease even further if they are powered from your motherboard's CPU fan header, as long as the temperature of the CPU and the user settings allow it.