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http://www.frozencpu.com/products/12104/ex-res-245/Swiftech_MCP35X_Optional_Tank_Reservoir_Attachment_-_Rev_2b_MCP35X-RES.html?tl=g30c107s156#blank

i like the price and the res itself, but the reviews concern me. is it really that bad?
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post #2 of 22
It works good when you use Martin's mod for the res.


In his video you can see that with a normal setup bubbles will start showing up above 2gpm.
At the end of the video he also tests his mod and there are 0 bubbles even at 3.5gpm.
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It works good when you use Martin's mod for the res.

In his video you can see that with a normal setup bubbles will start showing up above 2gpm.
At the end of the video he also tests his mod and there are 0 bubbles even at 3.5gpm.

nice, do you know what would happen if i didnt use the 3" tube attached to the top?
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nice, do you know what would happen if i didnt use the 3" tube attached to the top?

If you didn't use the down tube and had the inlet at the top then you would get bubbles forming at pretty much any flow rate.

As the incoming stream strikes the water surface it will draw in some air, which will form bubbles. These bubbles would be pushed to the bottom by the flow and sucked back into your pump.

If you want to use the top as an inlet then the down pipe is pretty much essential. Luckily it is not difficult to do - you just need one spare fitting and a spare bit of tubing, that is all.
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If you didn't use the down tube and had the inlet at the top then you would get bubbles forming at pretty much any flow rate.
As the incoming stream strikes the water surface it will draw in some air, which will form bubbles. These bubbles would be pushed to the bottom by the flow and sucked back into your pump.
If you want to use the top as an inlet then the down pipe is pretty much essential. Luckily it is not difficult to do - you just need one spare fitting and a spare bit of tubing, that is all.

yeah thats fine, i was just curious. ill go that route then. thank you both
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Once it's properly bled the it doesn't cavitate. I can make a vid showing minimal swirl action. That said, I would not run one of these on a 35x2 as the 35x2 will cause an instant vortex any time it ramps up.
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Once it's properly bled the it doesn't cavitate. I can make a vid showing minimal swirl action. That said, I would not run one of these on a 35x2 as the 35x2 will cause an instant vortex any time it ramps up.

Not to jack this thread. But I was actully looking at ordering the 35X2 (And Heatsink + Res) - If this res. is not suited for the 35X2, could you perhaps point me (And the OP?) towards one that is more fit for the 35X2 ?
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post #8 of 22
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Not to jack this thread. But I was actully looking at ordering the 35X2 (And Heatsink + Res) - If this res. is not suited for the 35X2, could you perhaps point me (And the OP?) towards one that is more fit for the 35X2 ?


Get any of the bigger tube res. The Phobya Balancer and the Ek Adv work well because they have multiple bottom ports. I use an Ek Adv with an Enzo rotary coupler for direct mount action.
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Get any of the bigger tube res. The Phobya Balancer and the Ek Adv work well because they have multiple bottom ports. I use an Ek Adv with an Enzo rotary coupler for direct mount action.

+1, nailed it
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Get any of the bigger tube res. The Phobya Balancer and the Ek Adv work well because they have multiple bottom ports. I use an Ek Adv with an Enzo rotary coupler for direct mount action.

Thanks mate,

I just took a look in my "Storage" (aka things that got ordered but never used) - I actully found an unused Phobya Balancer 150 Black Nickel, how lucky is that! smile.gif

I will go ahead and remove the Swiftech res from my order-list and add a Enzo Rotary coupler if I can find one somewhere. smile.gif
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