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Ok so I finally got in touch with them and I am returning it for a refund. I just purchased a JBJ 1/2 HP chiller. I read they are extremely quiet, and very efficient. It came with a temp controller and just waiting for it to arrive.

As for Penguin Chillers this is my conclusion on them:
Mileage may vary. The item was extremely well packaged. And it performed very well just an issue with a leak. I recommend that future buyers put it in a glass container to contain any leakage of water and that it's not considered a normal part of operation. It must be treated with care and you must read instructions. Issues are expected to affect a small percentage of all products and I was unlucky. But definitely a step up from eco chiller, active aqua and hailea. Jbj is on a different level and not comparable due to price range. Its unfortunate that it did not work for me. However I'm sure it will work for the rest of you. They thought I was being impatient with them but they were not responding after I sent it out even though I gave them a wide berth between the 18th and the 24th before I responded again on the 24th and then 3 more times on the 26th. They gave me a prepaid shipping label to send the unit back AND refunded me the full amount PLUS SHIPPING. That is unheard of for a small ebay based business. By the way save your self $50 and buy directly from their website which is what I did initially. It goes through paypal so you have buyer protection. Other than that I really liked the unit despite the issues I had. When I got the chance to buy a JBJ for a smoking price I jumped on it. I will continue this review with my JBJ.

I recommend you all give them a chance if you want a high power water chiller for a low price with low noise levels and efficient cooling.

Got any requests? Want me to open the sucker up and do a review of the internals. I know the different brands of compressors and power supplies so let me know. A buddy of mine will be purchasing a Penguin chiller soon so I'lll ask him if it goes below 4C.

Also I received my Koolance d5 top and installed it on the second pump. Its pretty bad ass looking. Oh and do yourselves a favor and buy quick disconnect fittings its amazing that I can just connect my old radiators and be back up and running in 15 minutes. Whereas when you have non quick disconnects its tedious.
Edited by replin - 12/1/15 at 10:21pm
post #32 of 44
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yeah if I was you there is no way I would be running a chiller above dew point haha, its pointless, just insulate your motherboard and your tubing and let that baby get cold. Have you got any specifications on the chiller?

are you actually losing fluid out of your loop? or is it just condensing the the moisture in the room and dripping onto the floor as show me said?

Got any recommendations on what insulation to use? How much of the motherboard and video cards should I cover?
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Got any recommendations on what insulation to use? How much of the motherboard and video cards should I cover?

How is this coming also did your buddy ever get his? I am very curious about getting below 4c.
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Ok sorry for the tremendous delay. I bought a JBJ DA-500B water chiller. and its awesome. Despite what I read about it being very silent I was very surprised to find out it was quite loud. Its about as loud as a window AC. The Penguin produced less noise but not significantly less. However build quality is more rugged with the JBJ. It's definitely more 'industrial' grade. The Penguin was more fragile. Especially the connections it had. The connections felt delicate whereas the connections on the JBJ are rock solid and come with tighteners that you don't have to worry about over tightening because its sturdier. If you tighten too much on the Penguin can you end up causing a fissure that makes it leak. JBJ you don't really have to worry about that. However, there are some negs. I had to jerry rig these connectors in a 'ghetto' fashion in order to get it to work. due to the connection limitations you really can only use the adapters it came with. So I had to get creative. I went to Parkrose Hardware and this old timer there came up with this brilliant way to get it to work. Whereas at Home Depot and Lowes they were clueless. The penguin allows you use to any fitting/reducer out there which is very advantageous. Notice what I used. I would recommend going with the JBJ 1/3 HP since the connections are more inline for water cooling your PC since they support 1/2" fittings.
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Ok sorry for the tremendous delay. I bought a JBJ DA-500B water chiller. and its awesome. Despite what I read about it being very silent I was very surprised to find out it was quite loud. Its about as loud as a window AC. The Penguin produced less noise but not significantly less. However build quality is more rugged with the JBJ. It's definitely more 'industrial' grade. The Penguin was more fragile. Especially the connections it had. The connections felt delicate whereas the connections on the JBJ are rock solid and come with tighteners that you don't have to worry about over tightening because its sturdier. If you tighten too much on the Penguin can you end up causing a fissure that makes it leak. JBJ you don't really have to worry about that. However, there are some negs. I had to jerry rig these connectors in a 'ghetto' fashion in order to get it to work. due to the connection limitations you really can only use the adapters it came with. So I had to get creative. I went to Parkrose Hardware and this old timer there came up with this brilliant way to get it to work. Whereas at Home Depot and Lowes they were clueless. The penguin allows you use to any fitting/reducer out there which is very advantageous. Notice what I used. I would recommend going with the JBJ 1/3 HP since the connections are more inline for water cooling your PC since they support 1/2" fittings.

but can it get below 4c smile.gif That would be its only advantage that I can see, Haliea has watercooling fittings (by Aqua Computer) made specifically for it the 4c is the killer.
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post #36 of 44
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If you notice I used a PVC tube with a fastner on one end with the provided adapter and on the other end I bought a 3/4" to 1/2" reducer with fastener and then plugged my tubing on. It worked very well. Its air tight and no water drips. I love it so far.

Another neg is the temperature controller it came with. It really doesn't give you any customization as far as the Penguin had. However that is a relatively easy fix. The Penguin controller can be bought for $10 on ebay. It's a chinese made one but still very effective, cheap and loads of customizing options. My biggest complaint is that I set the temp and it gives you 3 minutes before it turns on and reduces the temps back down another degree below the set point. This sucks because it will turn on every 10 minutes during gaming. During idle it will turn on every 4 hours or so. During day to day normal use it will turn on every 2 hours. I plan to buy the chinese controller and set the temp to 55 degrees to cool down to and to have it turn on at 90 degrees. That way it will turn on every 3-4 hours or so during gaming sessions and run for 15 minutes before turning off. So far I love my setup. I bought this thing used for $630 lightly used. Supposedly 40 hours of usage and it sat in a warehouse for a couple years apparently. It has a slight odor to it but its slowly starting to dissipate. When I get my new temp controller I'll rest then. So far this is well worth the price and far better than what I expected.







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Yes my JBJ can easily hit 4 degrees C and quite a bit lower.
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I personally don't want to test it because I would have to run insulation but according a aquarium shop near by they showed me it can.
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I have 2 pumps running in succession. One near the res and one after going through my cpu and GPU's. I was thinking of buying a Dual D5 Top or creating the mathematical construct of one so I can get increased gallons/hour and head pressure. I want to make sure its pushing >500 gallons/hour. I have a Koolance strong with a 24v controller running full power and a second pump non strong running full power. Problem the DUAL d5 i want from EK is no longer being sold so I guess the math construct is my only options.
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