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Zalman worked real hard to make the assembly process as boring as possible: no unexpected difficulties, all water units fit perfectly in their designated spots, the tubes are easily cut and connected, water is poured inside and the whole thing gets powered up. After that you shut the whole thing down, disconnect the flow indicator and turn it the other way around to get it connected the right way. It takes the pump about 10 seconds of gurgling to remove all the air from the tubes and then dead silence sets in. Only the wobbling flow indicator tag shows that the system is actually on. The system is ready to undergo our tests. But before we start let me offer you a few step-by-step assembly pictures, to illustrate everything I have just said:

The CPU water unit has just been installed:

The GPU water unit has just been installed, too:

We didn’t install Zalman’s graphics memory heatsinks this time, because our GeForce 6800 GT allowed removing the GPU cooler without removing the original NVIDIA graphics memory cooler. The graphics card’s own graphics memory cooling solution with a heatpipe design seemed more efficient than simple heatsinks offered by Zalman. We made our choice:

The tubes were connected to the water units and were led outside the system case through the holes in s special back panel bracket. This bracket is supplied with the Reserator 1 Plus system in the same plastic bag with the replacement clamps and connecting pipes:

For our tests we assembled a really “hot” system with an overclocked CPU and a powerful graphics card.

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