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Hey folks I just wanted to share this with you all. I recently bought this pump and it has been a week and it is working great. Dead silent and moves a lot of water with similar specs to a typical DDC pump. This one is apparently a TDC pump which stands for Top Down Center (for any one curious) Before you ask, NO YOU CANNOT FIT DDC TOPS ON THIS PUMP. I know cause I asked the guy from US Solar Pumps.

By the way US Solar do not make this pump (I think) If you google Topsflo you will see they make a lot of different pumps including this one. If you check on Performance-PCs you would also find a Topsflo pump with a different top, in this case one that uses G1/4 threading so you can put whatever size barbs you like.

So far it has been really good to work with, small and compact so you have lots of mounting options. When I bought it from amazon a promotional code was automatically entered for me which saved me $8 so I got this great pump for $30. Not sure if that was a limited time offer or what. Here is the link to it and I'll also link the topsflo and performance-pcs sites so you all can judge it.

US Solar Pumps Amazon Link

Topsflo Link

Performance-PCs Link with G 1/4 Threads
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post #2 of 53
Good find...
How loud is it in relation to your fans etc?
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post #3 of 53
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Honestly you can't hear it over the 2 Coolermaster silent case fans I have on the radiator. The only other fans that are in the system are the 3 GPU fans but those hardly make any noise as well. I would say fan noise is definitely more than pump noise and fan noise is definitely not noticeable. Once you get all the air out of the system, utter silence. Humming and buzzing noises really piss me off and so far I'm calm biggrin.gif

EDIT: also my case is in its' test bench config right now, that means no side panels etc, I would only assume that it would be even quieter when I put them back on.

Also just saw that you have the same GPU as I do, so you have a reference for noise. GPU fans are definitely louder than this pump and you know those fans don't make any noise.
Edited by amd-dude - 8/26/15 at 7:19am
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post #4 of 53
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Pump has been on 24/7 for the past 2 weeks and no problems. Still dead silent and pumping away, FYI according to my fan controller it is spinning at 2300rpm and yes it can work with a fan controller because it only uses 6watts of power. I'll be adding a GPU block and a dual 80mm rad into the loop middle of next month, we'll see how it copes then, my guess is, no problem.
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post #5 of 53
sorry for necro but I also recently discovered these TOPSFLO and the rebranded ones by US Solar Pumps. US Solar only sells the TDC-A but PPCS has the TDC-B which has the G1/4" nozels.

Looking at the dimensions and specs, they're nearly identical to DDC pumps. Can't find any info on the screws but i think some DDC tops could fit these. might have to dremel or drill/tap new holes in an acrylic top to line it up better though. Kinda wish I saw the TDC-B before buying the TDC-A from US Solar but oh well smile.gif looks like a great pump for the price. Can't expect DDC head pressure out of it but good for redundant pumps in series. Looks more solidly built than Swiftech's MCP30's and MCP50's and supposedly can withstand up to 85c, making it great to use with an alphacool silentbox or other pump silencing methods.

Edit: Maybe won't fit DDC tops, PPCS has this note: "Please note that even though it is similar size to a DDC it will not accept any DDC pump tops. There is a 2mm difference on the inside seating." But I wonder where that 2mm difference is?
Edited by s74r1 - 9/8/15 at 8:37pm
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post #6 of 53
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Yea if I knew before hand I would have bought the one from PPcs, the ability to change barbs/sizes would be great. Still for the $30 I paid for it, can't go wrong, 3 weeks and running strong 24/7.
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post #7 of 53
Always gotta be on the lookout for some steals
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Just a short update, pump is working great still, coming up on about 2 months now 24/7 and still silent as ever. Great little pump, pick one up. I'll post probably around Christmas time with another update.
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How about a pic of it in your loop?
 
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These actually look like good budget pumps... but even though i havent seen one of these in person i thought the swiftech pumps didnt look very robust.. but owning two of them now they really are... much better made than i anticipated.. very solid pumps... hopefully this one willl turn out to be just as awesome for quite a savings smile.gif

just from a spec standpoint for those interested..seems as though they handle temperature better...and do very well for that they are.. using swiftech for a comparison


this tdc (op bought for $30 after code ppcs has g1/4 for 49.99)


the swiftech mcp50x (newest model 69.99)


MCP350 (83.95 not sure what the draw on this one would be now that mcp50x is out but its most like the one above in design)
Edited by mfknjadagr8 - 10/2/15 at 9:59pm
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