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I just wanted to reach out to get any feedback I could and start a discussion on the Thermaltake Pacific PR22-D5 Silent Kit Reservoir/Pump Combo

http://www.thermaltake.com/products-model.aspx?id=C_00002706



In another thread I started my journey to a full custom loop. Originally I thought I would take the pump that came in my kit that I got cheap, and buy a separate pump top, dress up kit and reservoir for it. Being new to all this I at first didn't find many options most of which were going to end up costing between $120-$160 shipped and didn't include the pump. For the upper end of that cost I could have bought an entire assembled product with a pump.

Sadly though for any product you ask about or look up you get so many contrasting experiences / opinions, and of course companies produce multiple products and just because one product is bad the assumption is made they all are bad.

Which brings me to this unit

Since I wanted everything to look nice, and I wanted a good pump, and I wanted a good reservoir This seemed to fit the bill. It looked like a quality built unit, it was the right size, it had a D5 pump, it had the dress up kit on it... it all looked perfect.

Shortly after ordering someone brought to my attention that it seems as if a lot of users were having issues with their Thermaltake reservoirs cracking, he provided me with a couple links to show and sure enough it appeared this way. However, I noticed a few things. The reservoir in question was from one of their other kits it was not the same one. The point of failure on most of these was from a hole that was drilled through the reservoir tube to put in a set screw.

http://community.thermaltake.com/index.php?/topic/1255-broken-reservoir-pump-only-20-days-old/



It wasn't just one person either, multiple people in that thread, on newegg.com and other sites were having this issue.

But the unit I am posting about here is made completely different (at least from the pictures)




It looks as if they made several changes to this unit as compared to the older unit that had the cracking issue. the material used looks to be a bit thicker and they seem to have skipped using a set screw and went with a more standard threaded reservoir tube with O-ring. This to me seems like it should make this a much better quality unit, but then again things are rarely what they seem to be.

I hope this thread reaches out to anyone that may have had experience with this unit to get some feedback. This unit also could have been made by another company as is done many times and just rebranded by Thermaltake.

Please feel free to lend any input you can on this, when I get the unit in I'll try to get some good nudie pics and go over it all with a fine tooth comb before I decide to keep it or send it back in favor of another option. what that option might be though I don't know as I said everyone has an opinion and it always seems to conflict with someone else's biggrin.gif
Edited by nintari - 2/16/16 at 7:09am
post #2 of 9
I had 2 of those units in my "Yeti Lives" Build. The pump itself is very good since it´s a Laing D5 smile.gif The Res is more or less meh because you can´t open the top with ease and the material seems like cheap acrylic. So i´d rather would suggest one of those new Alphacool Eisbecher Res + D5 or DDC Pump


http://www.aquatuning.us/water-cooling/reservoirs/tubing-reservoirs/60mm-l/19434/alphacool-eisbecher-d5-250mm-acetal
Edited by bundymania - 2/16/16 at 6:54am
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I had 2 of those units in my "Yeti Lives" Build. The pump itself is very good since it´s a Laing D5 smile.gif The Res is more or less meh because you can´t open the top with ease and the material seems like cheap acrylic. So i´d rather would suggest one of those new Alphacool Eisbecher Res + D5 or DDC Pump


http://www.aquatuning.us/water-cooling/reservoirs/tubing-reservoirs/60mm-l/19434/alphacool-eisbecher-d5-250mm-acetal

Which one did you use? (I tried to look through your profile to see if you happened to have the builds there)

The older model of this one wit the set screws / or This one:



Or the silent one:
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I had 2 of the "silent ones" with the backside metal cover



http://community.thermaltake.com/index.php?/topic/1438-germany-andy-weber-bundymania/

I used only 1 at the final build, because the frozenQ res fitted better
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Thanks! any input is appreciated but more so I love looking at build logs and the like.... it's almost sad that looking at a good build is about like pornography to me anymore biggrin.gif
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Actually it looks as if you possibly had an older variant of the Silent version:




I see the set screw / hole in that picture.

I just wonder if thermaltake seen too many issues and changed the design or possibly hide it in the current pictures they have up. When I get mine in I'll eyeball it and see if that same hole and set screw combo is there.
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Yeah, it was one of the first available units what they sent me last year, maybe they improved the product a little bit once a while
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I can now confirm that the newer Pump / reservoir unit I received is indeed built much differently from the previous gen.

The old unit used straight compression on the top and bottom basically forcing the pump to and bottom in to the reservoir, but then idiotically drilling a hole through to put in a set screw to prevent it from being turned or "popping" apart.

The new unit the reservoir tube is indeed threaded and the top and bottom have corresponding threads and O-rings.

Granted, just by putting threads on the tube you weaken it... but I would imagine a hole straight through would be a lot worse as was the case with previous generations. Especially if that hole wasn't drilled at the right speed / temp etc, and if the material is thinner. while I don't have the original to judge the reservoir tube on this is pretty thick material.

The pump included is a Laing D5 with the speed control on the bottom.

Only thing I would say I am slightly disappointed with is this unit did not have an RPM sensor on it, just straight 4-pin molex. Also the power cable is not braided or sleeved... Not a deal breaker on either but for the price premium I think at least the cable should have been sleeved.

One last note. In pictures (I noticed even in some of mine) this unit appears to be a gun metal or black chrome... but it is indeed a nice black color. Matches perfectly in my case!


Otherwise I am incredibly happy with it so far. I just got my loop setup and filled and turned the pump down to about 2-3 and it is very very quiet (I also didn't note much if any temperature change at lower pump speeds). Above this mark and I hear a high pitched whine. Not incredibly loud at 3-5 but enough to know it is there and on.

Excuse the pic, I still have to play with the position in the case and the run out of the pump to the first radiator.


Edited by nintari - 2/19/16 at 4:06am
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Hi there... I know this is a late post.. but I bought the pr22-d5 silent kit and I've been looking online and have found conflicting information about how to change the speed.. some websites say that the ARROW is pointing to the number is the selected speed.. but when examining the pump it came with the line pointing even with speed 2 and the arrow pointed the opposite direction..

Supposedly these things come from the factory on speed 2 which would seem to go with the notion that the line even with the number is the correct speed not the arrow... When I adjust it however I don't notice any difference in speed.. Could someone chime in on this?

Thanks
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