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Guys, it's me again. I know, I have a lot of questions to ask. Well, I'm an inquisitive guy, got a problem with that? Ok, why's that? (See what I did there?) Anyway, I'm looking for your suggestions--yes, YOURS! It would seem that I have an interest in building a smaller cube rig similar to my big rig (see sig)...ok hold on, that was a tight rap verse. Did anyone catch the rhyming? But, seriously, I must digress. I'm going to need more room in the smaller case, so, I'm thinking about the possibility of using two dual bay reservoir pumps to power the two loops in this upcoming 1440p 120hz build.

Would a dual bay res pump with the D5 pump such as the one shown below be ok to use? Any issues that one should be aware of pertaining to it?



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post #2 of 29
If your low on space then they perform pretty much the same as a conventional res/pump and are simple to install. My experience with them is they hum, you may not notice but I did. It's virtually impossible to completely decouple the pump from the case.
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I have the same Pump/ Res in the picture, and with my D5 Vario on 3/5, I cant hear it until I put my ear up to my drive bays, and even then, it's quieter than my Scythe AP-15's at 7v.
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What happens when you run the D5 at 5/5? Can you hear the roar of the rapids frothing through your system?
   
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More to the point would be what case and what hardware are you planning to cool???
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More to the point would be what case and what hardware are you planning to cool???

Mountain Mods U2 UFO cube case, i5/i7 LGA 1155 CPU oc'd to 4.5GHz - 5GHz (haven't decided which one yet), three GTX 670s, and possibly a chipset/MOSFET block combo.
   
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post #7 of 29
Even at 5/5 it is pretty quiet, maybe on par with my fans.

but 3/5 is enough for me, as I only have one rad and one block tongue.gif
post #8 of 29
That particular bay res was always a pain for me to bleed. It would take a few days to get the air out of the loop.

That res also has a small manufacturing defect. The bottom outlet is flush against the res, when you're screwing a fitting it, it's very difficult for it to make a watertight connection and there's a good chance it will leak.
Edited by axiumone - 3/1/13 at 4:56am
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post #9 of 29
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That particular bay res was always a pain for me to bleed. It would take a few days to get the air out of the loop.

I swapped my EK multi-option for a Koolance 402x2 bay res and have regretted it ever since. Sure it looks cool and keeps my dual 35x's all in a nice little package but it is nearly impossible to bleed, fill, empty, etc. When it is all set up it works like a champ but I simply loath having to do any maintenance on my loop. I am considering dumping that one and have been looking at those Aqualis glass tube res from Aquacomputer. I can't find any decent reviews is the only reason I have held off.

You should ping Martin about that XSPC one since he just did a review on it. Ask him how hard it is to bleed and deal with during loop maintenance time.
post #10 of 29
I have a koolance res as well. It is tricky to drain and fill but when I was running a mid tower it worked great from a space perspective. I'm running 2 MCP 35X, and even at low RPM you can still hear the pumps because as mentioned above there is little capability to isolate the resevoirs from the drive cage. Even with padding, the drive cage vibrates which causes the clips and loose fittings to vibrate. I guess it depends on your goal. If you a looking for silence, it might not be the best option. If you are just concerned with the cooling, it might not matter. biggrin.gif
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