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On the face of it I would think that a rotary 90 would be much less restrictive than a hard 90....and I've always used rotaries where I could instead of hard 90* turns. But, and this is a big but, it depends on how restrictive the internals of the rotary is. Some say they are quite restrictive, but I don't know. I would still think they would be better than a hard 90.

Just by using G 1/4 fittings you are already at what? about 9mm ID? So no matter how much larger you go on tubing or piping it makes no difference I would think, which brings us back to the impact of changing direction of flow I guess.

You have flow meters and pumps. You could do your own testing......... wink.gif
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WOW 4 days no posts. is this some kind of record?
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WOW 4 days no posts. is this some kind of record?

Not by a long shot. But I'll go and update now so that I don't set a new record. smile.gif

In a previous post, I showed how you could take the Akasa Pro Slim SATA cables and cut them to custom sizes for your build. I'm working on the SATA cable management right now, and I decided that I wanted my SATA cables to be a few centimeters shorter than last time I made them. So.....







I made them 12 centimeters long this time, and they came out beautiful. I opted to use SATA size shrink this time instead of small shrink, and put it all the way up around the connector. Previously, I had used small shrink and kept it down below the connector. The shrink had pulled away a little from the connector, and I didn't like how it was looking.

Feeling proud of my cute little SATA cords, I plugged everthing back in and immediately had issues. 3 of the 6 disks that are not plugged into the Areca card, were not recognized by the system. Since the only thing that had changed was the SATA cable, clearly the cable was not working. When I had made some of these previously, I had a ton of people PM me wanting details, and several people had issues when they made theirs with the cable not working. I didn't have this issue at all the first few I had made, but I sure did this time. Not sure if I rushed through putting the connectors back on or what. If you don't line up the pins exactly with the clip and push down straight enough so that they pierce the cable...it's not going to work.

Anyway, I decided to go with some more conventional SATA cables that were already fairly short....and were made in white! Had to scrap my new little beauties and start over...but these should be nice also. Notice the white cable and the white connector!





Even though they were white already...of course I'm going to sleeve them. Since the cables were already white...there was no need to cover with electrical tape before sleeving. These were real quick and easy to do.





Here are some shots of them plugged into the motherboard. I did one in the custom dyed crimson MDPC-X, and the rest in white MDPC-X:







And a couple plugged into the drives themselves.







Another thing I've been playing with the last few days is lighting. The FrozeQ helix reservoir has always had the ultra violet cold cathode tube running up the middle of the reservoir. It's supposed to activate the UV effect of the helix tubes....but doesn't really create much of an effect. And....there is a glowing purple tube going up the middle of my reservoir. Didn't really match the color scheme at all. I've been playing with some other options. I wired up some 5mm UV LED's that I put in the top and bottom of the reservoir. The nice thing about this layout was that there was no obvious purple lighting. The lights were hidden in the reservoir caps. But...there was very little impact of the UV light on the helix tubing.

I played with hiding a UV cold cathode tube between the AMS rad and the case...so that it cast it's light at the reservoir....but would hide the actual light from view. Didn't work well. Still created a purplish glow in the case....and had very little UV impact on the helix tubing.

So I've started playing with different color cold cathode lights in the reservoir. I have red and white...and I think white is my favorite. More of a clean professional look....rather than the UV "gamey" look. Some pics below:







Although I like it...it's very bright. And since I have it plugged into the inverter, and the inverter is being bed directly from the PSU...I can't control the brightness. Does anyone know whether I could power the inverter from my FC8 and undervolt it to dim the lights? I don't know if cold cathodes work that way.

Working on tidying up the heatshrink on my SATA breakout cables for the Areca card right now. They had gotten a little sloppy. More soon!
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Finished up the second flow meter cable today. Replaced the beige connector and ugly black netting that Aquacomputer ships them with....for some white MDPC-X and a white fan connector and heatshrink. I didn't take a picture of just the cable...but this picture shows the flow meter and cable. This flow meter is tucked away on the PSU side of the case. It has the faceplate of the flow meter powder coated n white, and the bolts have been copper plated. Coolant comes around the motherboard tray from the pumps, through this flow meter, and then back up to the top of the case to wrap around back to the motherboard side.





Thought I'd go ahead and show current state of cabling on the PSU side of the case. I haven't done any real cable management yet. Still working on getting everything sleeved....then I'll work on arranging and securing it all.





There's really only 1 cable left that is not custom length and/or sleeved. It's the molex power for the 2 new pumps. That is what I'll be working on next.







I also think I'm going to redo the power harness for the SATA cables. Instead of two separate power harnesses, I think I'm going to combine them into one. That will eliminate that middle group of cables that runs down in front of the bottom group of 8 SSD's. Also...for future proofing...I think I'll add 2 more connections on top and bottom of the power harness, so that I can add more SSD's when desired. I think I could add 2x SSD's to the top just by stacking them with velcro on existing stack. No need for another drive cage. Same with bottom.






More soon!
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So how heavy is this when it's full of water?
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I say we should play a guessing game winner gets a free ou sticker... Lol
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So how heavy is this when it's full of water?

probably over 9000.
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probably over 9000.
That the read-out on your Google glass?
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That the read-out on your Google glass?

sure
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sure
*sigh* I attempted to give a subtle reference in humor; perhaps some visual clarification is required?




Okay... anyway, derailment terminated.
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