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I might be downsizing my build in the future, and at that time, not use the dual bay reservoar I am currently using.

I was wondering if a reservoar would help to improve temperatures by a large amount?

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A reservoir won't help with temperatures. The only thing adding more liquid to a loop does is increase the time to the loop's temperature equilibrium. Basically, it won't help with temps, but will increase the time before the loop hits its max temp.
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It has such a little impact on temperature its negligible
    
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post #5 of 13
Well actually yes it will but certainly not enough that you would be able to rely on just the res alone to cool your system, it probably won't dissipate enough heat to cool a normal pump.

You would require a very large quantity of water to rely on it solely.
post #6 of 13
you get the benefit of passive cooling between the surface of the res and the air, but thats no more than you get out of the tubing.
however, having no res could prove problematic with bleeding the loop, so reservoirs are necessary
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post #7 of 13
The heat dissipation due to having more liquid in a water cooling loop is negligible at best. While reservoirs aren't necessary, they are convenient. You could get a similar effect from a fill port leading to a t-line, but it would get difficult to remove all air from your loop.
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post #8 of 13
According to wt guides it might help maybe 3-5celcius, there is a guy on the corsair 600t club that just upgraded the recervoir and pump and his temps dropped 6celcius witch is good, if anyway isnt bad to have a big recervoir
Edited by EliteReplay - 5/1/12 at 8:33am
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Originally Posted by EliteReplay View Post

According to wt guides it might help maybe 3-5celcius, there is a guy on the corsair 600t club that just upgraded the recervoir and pump and his temps dropped 6celcius witch is good, if anyway isnt bad to have a big recervoir

thats most likely because the pump is faster, nothing to do with the res.
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post #10 of 13
I like having one for the main fact it makes it so much easier. Plus with the nice looking ones out, it adds a little flavor to the case. T-Lines are fine but I would much rather have a res in my loop. But honestly no impact on temps having a res though. Thanks
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