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Originally Posted by Angrybutcher View Post

There really aren't any sharp spikes. The actual water temps before and after any block or radiator is only 1-2C.

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Reservoir size really doesn't impact the cooling performance of the loop. Some users even ditched the reservoir completely and are using T lines to fill/bleed the loop.
As said before, it's really only your design preference that counts.
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The performance impact is so small that you can take it out of equation! I used to run Zalman Reserator as my reservoir, which could take 3l of coolant plus whatever was in the loop itself and have not noticed any big decrease in performance whenI moved to a small 100ml internal res.
The only benefit of running a big res especially the external one with quick release connectors is the absolute ease in filling, bleeding and emptying the loop. With the Reserator it was just the matter of minutes, I just needed to disconnect the connectors and then drain the rest of the liquid from the loop.
I am actually planning to do similar thing now with a big external res smile.gif
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I was a tad surprised to see a lot of people running small reservoirs. As I have always thought bigger would be better. The more fluid in the loop would give you greater cooling capacity.

Nope, once the water is heated up its heated up no matter how much water it is. Sure 1 gallon will take longer to heat to 100 degrees vs 1/4 gallon of water to the same temp but that doesn't really matter that much in PC cooling.
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I am actually planning to do similar thing now with a big external res smile.gif

Don't re-use the plastic QDCs that come with the Reserator if you can help it, they are incredibly restrictive. Grab some Koolance ones instead.

I really want to find an aluminium CPU block and run my Reserator V1 on my HTPC. The cooling performance isn't great but it sure is quiet.
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