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No, I am cheap. Testing is all hobby and for fun for me, so a shoe string budget it is and more expensive tools don't really make it more entertaining for me. I have had to upgrade a few cheap meters like the anemometer. It was once a cheap no brand vane type for $60, now a used $350+ hotwire I found used for about $100. Even my expensive meters I have typically bought used on ebay for under $100. My hardware is the only thing I spend money on and even that is only every couple of years or whenever I kill a component which typically comes first..smile.gif

Will report back with an added DDC test later..smile.gif
    
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How many times did Gabe@Swiftech say the H220 pump was stronger by?
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Quote:
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How many times did Gabe@Swiftech say the H220 pump was stronger by?

Strong enough for driving more rads more cooling blocks
The pump is rated for 6Watts btw
post #14 of 30
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FYI,
Followed up with some testing using my flow meters and manometer. While Flow rate was too low to measure i could verify the RPM is normal and also got a good max head test in.

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Will do the H220, Larkooler, and XSPC kits similarly next week for reference:thumb:
    
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Wicked little test set-up biggrin.gif

Shame you cant measure flow rate.. well attleast we know its sub 0.5gpm
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Thanks.
I have been looking at some 0.1-1.0GPM flow meters too. I haven't ordered one yet, but I probably will. Blue & White and King both seem to make comperable meters for these lower flow rates. I can Always default to the gallon jug and stopwatch method if nothing else too, the old tried and true...just takes longer is all.
    
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Wow this is great work ! I never would of thought the H100i has a poor flow rate. I just bought one the other day. Keep up the good work.
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Well, it certainly performs very well with the kit parts, so it's not poor using those micro finned bits. But it is a bit too low to mix with DIY or custom watercooling parts and too low to bleed easily. When you get below about .4gpm you even have a hard time clearing air pockets from a loop of tubing, etc. Custom water cooling often nets flow rates greater than 1 GPM, so his is about 1/10th that flow.

Works great as a sealed kit though which is all it's intended to do. I've had my spare h100i running my system for the last few weeks. After replacing the fans, it works well as a cpu only cooler. Software is buggy and the kit fans are gritty, but otherwise a nice cooler.
    
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Would you think any of these parts are worth keeping ? If i wanted to get a EK/XSPC cooling kit, if i can reuse anything ? Or just sell it ?
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Not really. Block is very micro so even adding a high end pump will still net sub 1GPM flow rates. Radiator is also higher in restriction and aluminum too so mixed metals if you included it. High end custom parts do not use aluminum, they are all brass/copper parts which have a similar anodic index which means you can run water without a corrosion inhibitor with low risk. Aluminum mixed with copper though has a high corrosion potential so you MUST run with a corrosion inhibitor. Most simply avoid mixing aluminum and copper.

The kicker though is the h100i block and rad are just designed to run with very low flow rates where custom parts are not and you would have trouble bleeding.

Your best bet is to keep it a sealed kit and sell it if you upgrade. Certainly a very good sealed cooler, just not something you should try to expand.
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