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post #1 of 15
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Which is a better reservoir between these two?

 

https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-res-x3-150-lite

 

https://www.singularitycomputers.com/shop/watercooling/protium-small-100mm-silver-frosted/

 

I'll be using either of them with an EK-XTOP D5 Revo PWM Acrylic pump+pump top. The EKWB reservoir has an included anti-cyclone mechanism inside and the Protium doesn't. Is an anti-cyclone mechanism really necessary?

 

EDIT: And then there's also this: http://www.xs-pc.com/reservoirs/photon-170-tube-reservoir which is a Glass reservoir. I want to be able to mount the pump+pump top+reservoir assembly to a 360mm rad in front.

post #2 of 15
Better is subjective. They will all hold water, there are slight differences in port locations that will dictate how the res is mounted and connects to the pump.

The anti cyclone pieces are only necessary if the flow rate is high enough, but, the small size of the res makes it more susceptible to vortexing and the pump sucking air.
So, without knowing the whole cooling loop you are implementing, it is always good to have the feature.

Seeing as you are mounting to a radiator and only want a small res, a combo unit would probably serve you better.
post #3 of 15
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Originally Posted by Ashcroft View Post

Better is subjective. They will all hold water, there are slight differences in port locations that will dictate how the res is mounted and connects to the pump.

The anti cyclone pieces are only necessary if the flow rate is high enough, but, the small size of the res makes it more susceptible to vortexing and the pump sucking air.
So, without knowing the whole cooling loop you are implementing, it is always good to have the feature.

Seeing as you are mounting to a radiator and only want a small res, a combo unit would probably serve you better.

 

I see.

 

Well, I'll put in 1x360mm GTS rad, 1x280mm GTS X-Flow rad, a GPU waterblock, and a CPU block in the loop. I'm assuming the D5 Revo PWM would produce not less than 1GPM for that setup.

 

I would love to go with a taller res but the case I'll be buying (Enthoo Evolv ATX) doesn't allow me. I think a 150mm high reservoir will still fit in it though. I agree with you that a combo unit would serve me better but I want an effect similar to this:

 

http://cdn.overclock.net/4/4d/900x900px-LL-4d991f79_IMG_2549.jpeg

 

I'll be using Mayhems Pastel so I want to see the liquid "swirling" in that acrylic pump top. Unfortunately, I don't see any combo units that have an acrylic pump top.

post #4 of 15
The gts rads are rather restrictive as far as rads go but at full power you will still see 1gpm+.

You have a clear vision for what you want so yeah, go with it. I don't know that you will see much movement in the pump itself because pastel is so opaque but it will look good regardless.
post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by Ashcroft View Post

The gts rads are rather restrictive as far as rads go but at full power you will still see 1gpm+.

You have a clear vision for what you want so yeah, go with it. I don't know that you will see much movement in the pump itself because pastel is so opaque but it will look good regardless.

The non-xflow GTS rads are super restrictive, I agree. But it's a different story with the X-flows. So technically I'll have only one restrictive component in my loop.

Ok, I still have no clear choice among which radiator is best but I guess I still have to research more. Thanks.
post #6 of 15
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Originally Posted by kevindd992002 View Post

Which is a better reservoir between these two?

https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-res-x3-150-lite

https://www.singularitycomputers.com/shop/watercooling/protium-small-100mm-silver-frosted/

I'll be using either of them with an EK-XTOP D5 Revo PWM Acrylic pump+pump top. The EKWB reservoir has an included anti-cyclone mechanism inside and the Protium doesn't. Is an anti-cyclone mechanism really necessary?

EDIT: And then there's also this: http://www.xs-pc.com/reservoirs/photon-170-tube-reservoir which is a Glass reservoir. I want to be able to mount the pump+pump top+reservoir assembly to a 360mm rad in front.

I would take look at WaterCool HeatKiller tube which is also glass. It's by far my favorite res.

Singularity would be best out of the bunch. Their know for great quality.

Anti-cyclone is not needed, I don't have any in any of my res/PC's.
post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by kevindd992002 View Post

The non-xflow GTS rads are super restrictive, I agree. But it's a different story with the X-flows. So technically I'll have only one restrictive component in my loop.

Ok, I still have no clear choice among which radiator is best but I guess I still have to research more. Thanks.

If you have a strong enough pump, The GTS will be fine in the loop. I have two GTS in one of PC's. The flow is perfectly fine.
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by Revan654 View Post


If you have a strong enough pump, The GTS will be fine in the loop. I have two GTS in one of PC's. The flow is perfectly fine.

 

What pump do you actually use and do you know what is flow rate you have in your loop with two GTS rads?

post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by kevindd992002 View Post

Which is a better reservoir between these two?

https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-res-x3-150-lite

https://www.singularitycomputers.com/shop/watercooling/protium-small-100mm-silver-frosted/

I'll be using either of them with an EK-XTOP D5 Revo PWM Acrylic pump+pump top. The EKWB reservoir has an included anti-cyclone mechanism inside and the Protium doesn't. Is an anti-cyclone mechanism really necessary?

EDIT: And then there's also this: http://www.xs-pc.com/reservoirs/photon-170-tube-reservoir which is a Glass reservoir. I want to be able to mount the pump+pump top+reservoir assembly to a 360mm rad in front.

The EK is not up to the standard of the other two. Very cheap looking and feeling by comparison. You should also be looking at the Monsoon MMRS.
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Originally Posted by kevindd992002 View Post

I see.

Well, I'll put in 1x360mm GTS rad, 1x280mm GTS X-Flow rad, a GPU waterblock, and a CPU block in the loop. I'm assuming the D5 Revo PWM would produce not less than 1GPM for that setup.

I would love to go with a taller res but the case I'll be buying (Enthoo Evolv ATX) doesn't allow me. I think a 150mm high reservoir will still fit in it though. I agree with you that a combo unit would serve me better but I want an effect similar to this:

http://cdn.overclock.net/4/4d/900x900px-LL-4d991f79_IMG_2549.jpeg

I'll be using Mayhems Pastel so I want to see the liquid "swirling" in that acrylic pump top. Unfortunately, I don't see any combo units that have an acrylic pump top.

Your impression of the "swirling" effect in a pump top may be a bit off. Even with pastel, you really aren't going to see movement unless you have air in the loop....and if you have air in the loop, that is a problem. So, you are essentially banking on having a problem in order to create a visual effect. doh.gif
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by ciarlatano View Post


The EK is not up to the standard of the other two. Very cheap looking and feeling by comparison. You should also be looking at the Monsoon MMRS.
Your impression of the "swirling" effect in a pump top may be a bit off. Even with pastel, you really aren't going to see movement unless you have air in the loop....and if you have air in the loop, that is a problem. So, you are essentially banking on having a problem in order to create a visual effect. doh.gif

 

Yeah, I'm gearing towards the Watercool Heatkiller Tube now. I also did check the Monson MMRS but it has a ton of customizable parts that I don't initially understand. You said before that a Monson MMRS with two 50mm tunes is all I need, is that still accurate? And IIRC, the MMRS mounts perfectly on the res mount holes on the Evolv ATX, right?

 

Sorry for using the word "swirling". I guess I just to see the Pastel effect even stationary. Besides, that's the whole point of going plexi/acrylic, to see the liquid inside the component.

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