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I have a MCP-355 and want to install a new pump top, which one is the best for this model?
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According to this link, XSPC is consistently the best:
http://martinsliquidlab.i4memory.com...opTesting.html
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Thanks! +rep
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That review is from like 3 years ago. A lot of the pump tops have upgraded their revisions. Even Swiftech has released the MCP 35X which has an improved top with the ability to use your own barbs.
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I would say that the 35X top is up there with the best of them judging by Martin's review of the 35X
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Yeah, there are several really good optimized tops now.

For all practical purposes I would assume XSPC, Swiftech, And EK tops are the same top performera on the same pump motor.

If shopping for both motor and top, the 35x would get my vote due to the stronger motor and PWM capability although they do void warranty when the top is removed and now have a tamper sticker...so warranty is another bit to consider if you plan to take it apart. Pulling a top off is voiding the warranty per most manufacturer written warranties, so mod with a top at your own risk. The tops do increase flow rate and pump heat over the stock top particularly on lower restriction systems, so you should consider extra cooling as well whenever you mod.

I personally have never had a ddc pump faile from heat, but they do get hot under high flow rates. Swiftech and koolance both make heatsink solutions or you can make your own via ramsinks..etc.
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Originally Posted by Martinm210 View Post
I personally have never had a ddc pump faile from heat, but they do get hot under high flow rates. Swiftech and koolance both make heatsink solutions or you can make your own via ramsinks..etc.
Both of my 355 pumps now have a stutter start issue. They do a couple rotations, stop, a couple more, stop. Sometimes it takes 3-5 power cycles for the pump to stay spinning. No idea if this is a heat issue, replacement top, or something else. I've debated on picking up one of those DDC replacement PCBs on ebay and testing on my spare pump, but haven't done so yet. If I end up needing to buy another pump, my third in a year, it will probably be the 35x and keeping everything about the pump stock!
 
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I keep thinking about getting 1 of the 35x only thing that puts me off is the limited in/out compared to my phobya top
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For the cost of a bmaverick pump, adding a performance top would not set your budget back too far.



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