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I see many reservoirs for sale, and a few pumps, but very little in the way of controllers. My venerable Exos adjusts the fan speed based on temperature of the CPU block, and can turn off the system if cooling fails.

If you have a custom loop from individually sourced parts, how do you control and monitor it?

—John
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Eyeball lol my motherboard monitors temps for me
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http://www.t-balancer.com/english/index.htm

Not sure if it does all you want but it does control fan speed automatically and monitor temps but I'm not sure if it shuts down the system and all.
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I use PWM fans that connect to my MOBOs PWM fan header. Takes my fans from 650RPM to about 2000RPM depending on CPU tempature, automatically. Then I use CPUID Hardware Monitor to monitor the temperatures, fan speeds, and other things. Nice thing about that app, is that it keeps track of the highs and lows.

My MCP655 pump is a Vario, meaning it has built in speed control via a small nob on back.

For fans I use the Akasa Flexa PWM splitter which has its own power connector and splitter for 5 PWM fans.
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So, a "brain" isn't really necessary or common? I see that the radiator fans can plug into the MB header meant for the CPU fan, assuming I can configure the speed to decide what's cool enough vs. audible.

So the pump is adjusted manually and doesn't change once you adjust it for the correct flow? (How do you know the correct flow without a meter?)

I've only needed the auto-shutoff once that I can remember, when the pump started sucking air. If I had not been home, it would have saved the system.
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post #6 of 13
I use an AquaComputer Aquaero XT because it monitors my pump, flow rates, temps, and fans....before that, simple fan controller.
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post #7 of 13
You can stick with Koolance and use something like the recently released RP1200, which controls and monitors everything. I use my mobos built in features. I have a PWM pump, PWM fan controller, temp probes in my res, and flow meter connected to fan header. The asus ai suite does a good job of reporting all this info controlling everything.
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post #8 of 13
Koolance makes a unit that's basically just the display and controls from your Exos. Check out the Software, Controllers section on their main page.
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So, a "brain" isn't really necessary or common? I see that the radiator fans can plug into the MB header meant for the CPU fan, assuming I can configure the speed to decide what's cool enough vs. audible.

So the pump is adjusted manually and doesn't change once you adjust it for the correct flow? (How do you know the correct flow without a meter?)

I've only needed the auto-shutoff once that I can remember, when the pump started sucking air. If I had not been home, it would have saved the system.
No a "brain" isnt necessary. Kinda like a reservoir isnt necessary. They are nice to have, but not a required component. My MOBO has 1 PWM fan header, which you can make a profile with multiple points to customize it the way you want. Then I have 2 or 3 other fan headers that just regulate the voltage. They have a couple "generic" profiles to choose from. But your MOBO may not have those options.

Can you fill in your system specs so we can understand the situation better?? Just go to "User CP" in the top center/right, then click on something on the left saying something like sig rig info.

I just adjust my pump to where I think I want it. From setting 1 to 5, temperature doesnt really make much of a difference with my loop. Only a couple C. I am mainly looking for silence, so I keep it at around 3, unless I am testing a new OC, suicide OCing, or benching.

An auto-shutoff feature would be great. But CPUs have a built in feature once they reach a certain temperature. May not be the greatest idea, but they do have it, which is suppose to protect it from damage.
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Thanks for the replies.

T-Balancer: Not sure what that is exactly, from the page. A fan controller that's beefy enough to control a pump easily?

Reading up on others, I see wording to the effect that "fan controllers" might handle a 12V pump if the regulator doesn't overheat. In particular, it is rather vague as to whether the Aquaero might just manage to control a pump, is intended to, or what.

Aquaero: wow, drool!

From reading the saved threads here, I get the idea that it is not right to pump faster when things get hot; once the flow is dialed in, it stays put. So maybe a manual knob is all I would want.
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