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Hi all,

I am looking at a full loop teardown and overhaul in a few weeks. I am currently running the Koolance RP452x2 res. I'd love to say it's a great product, it really almost is, but it's just such a pain to fill and bleed. I really don't want to go through that ever again, it's been enough already. redface.gif

So, while I have the loop drained and am rerouting some other tubes, I figure I'll replace that with a different type of dual bay res. Any good suggestions for one that can fit 2x MCP655, looks OK, and just sucks the water IN and lets the air bubble to the top .. nice and easy .. instead of just getting air stuck in the back. rolleyes.gif

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XSPC and Alphacool make the only other ones that I know of.
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Hi all,

I am looking at a full loop teardown and overhaul in a few weeks. I am currently running the Koolance RP452x2 res. I'd love to say it's a great product, it really almost is, but it's just such a pain to fill and bleed. I really don't want to go through that ever again, it's been enough already. redface.gif

So, while I have the loop drained and am rerouting some other tubes, I figure I'll replace that with a different type of dual bay res. Any good suggestions for one that can fit 2x MCP655, looks OK, and just sucks the water IN and lets the air bubble to the top .. nice and easy .. instead of just getting air stuck in the back. rolleyes.gif

TIA

What revision do you have. I used to have the 1.3 but now have the 2.0 and it is great for bleeding.
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Pump top and separate res IMO.
 
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I have the 1.3 version of the 452, it sucks, I now see they have 2.0 as you said, it fixes the problem. It seems like others have confirmed that. I will consider that along with the other 2 suggested ... The alphacool one has pretty poor reviews and it looks like a very similar design to the 452 v1.3 ... seems to have the same problems filling..

The xspc one may perform good (this could win me over), but I'm not a fan of the look and finish of it. Also the fill port is only on the top which doesn't really work out for me as I'd have to slide it out of the front of the case, and I'd rather keep the tubes perfectly cut with no slack. But if it really fills easy I'd be fine with that.

So I'm leaning towards the 452 again but I'm afraid. When you add water, does it get SUCKED back into the rest of the loop, e.g. the loop DRINKS the water? With the 1.3 version, it like DRIPS or TRICKLES back into the loop smile.gif And it also is happy to pump air pockets back in and draw the water back up front. Worthless. I will never ever fill this thing up again, I can't tell you how much time I have wasted, and I've experimented enough that the last two times I did it were as painless as they could be. But still just awful. mad.gif

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Pump top and separate res IMO.

Thanks so much for weighing in on the topic. We'd all be so lost without you. rolleyes.gif

But seriously I want to run a dual bay res because I have 9 million drive bay slots and I don't like mounting pumps/res at random spots in the case. That area will be used for more radiators and/or more hardware
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I have an XSPC Twin D5 dual bay res (as well as an XSPC D5 dual bay res) and I like them, but I did have issues with my Twin dual bay and had to send it back, and others have had issues with other XSPC reservoirs lately.

I'm not saying don't use them, but I'm starting to get cautious. My next one will be a Koolance. It gets good reviews and looks nice, but mainly, I just want to try something different (but sadly, it ain't cheap ... $130).







But I can see how it would be a pain to fill, but no worse than any other dual bay res.

If you want to trade or sell it, I'd be interested. wink.gif


As far as filling, why not just add a "T" fitting and a "Shut off valve" just behind the Reservoir, you can then screw on a tube as needed to fill or drain your loop. Then throw the shut off valve closed, unscrew the extra tube when you are done filling or draining and you are good to go.
Edited by 47 Knucklehead - 2/16/13 at 10:24am
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The version 2.0 works much better than the 1.3 in all respects. I have no problems bleeding it. The new internal flow arrangement is excellent at stopping air recycling.

To fill mine I just use a very large syringe with a short piece of aquarium silicon tubing. A washer bottle is even better but I got my version for nothing.
Open front ports
Squirt in water till full
Power on pump til water level drops low
repeat until the water level stops dropping. Easy as pie and no spilling water.

The build quality is great and the solid mass damps out pump vibration to an extent. You can even clean the face plate without draining the loop by just tipping the case on its back and unbolting the Alloy frame.

The only real down side is the restricted access to the rear of the pumps if you use D5 varios. I use an AC USB D5 so that isn't a problem but it does make adjusting the dial on the varios tricky.
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The nicest thing I like about it, over say the XSPC one .... you don't have to buy 2 different version of it depending if you want to have two pumps in one loop, or one pump in two loops. With the XSPC Twin Dual D5 version, you are stuck with what you buy.
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The nicest thing I like about it, over say the XSPC one .... you don't have to buy 2 different version of it depending if you want to have two pumps in one loop, or one pump in two loops. With the XSPC Twin Dual D5 version, you are stuck with what you buy.

Absolutely, that was one of the main reasons I chose it. I started out with a single pump and later moved to two.

The flexibility afforded by being able to be used several ways appealed to me because I figured it could cope with any changes I wanted to make in the future. Although it was more expensive than other options at the time it has paid off by being such high quality and relatively future proof.
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