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I'm having some hard times with this reservoir. I'd like some opinions about it if anybody else out there has one.


http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/swreformcpu.html



I have now bought two after the first one cracked horribly. I will admit, that was probably my fault though after first picking it up it *seems* like it is well made.

I had to buy a second one and I'm noticing some very small cracks near the bottom plug. Second time around i made SURE I was gentle, and now, after a month or so of having it, it has begun to got some small cracks though I have done NOTHING with it.

My loop has distilled water and PT nuke. That is all. The only other problem I can see is that when I first turn my computer on the pump goes full speed (~4500 RPM) until I can adjust it down to 1700 RPM with speedfan (about ~20%).

I know plastic is cheap, but c'mon, is glass really that much more expensive?

My options for mounting are somewhat limited considering my case.

Feedback? Thoughts?
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post #2 of 11
well i cant speak to that exact product but i can say the XSPC tops i had for my pumps developed small cracks over time but it never had any affect on performance in anyway.
    
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Environmental stress cracking, pretty common in plastics, but really depends on the type of plastic or acrylic used. In short the material is worked while under stress/vibration from both being submerged in a fluid system and having pressure put on it, eventually the plastic transitions from being fairly ductile to brittle and once that transition happens it forms ruptures and cracks were the stresses are concentrated. To relieve the stress.
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post #4 of 11
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If it is due to vibration and what not and ESC then that is a poor reflection on the company. Being an engineer problems like these should be tested. I mean, the reservoir is supposed to sit on top of the pump, of course it will vibrate.

I guess it kills them too much to use a superior material. Glass would probably be fine.
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I have two MCP35X-RES Revision 2 reservoirs of which one was the very first Swiftech retail sale. Running straight distilled with a KillCoil wrapped in silver wire for good measure. No additional additives. One thought is that spacing between the port hubs has been increased in the second revision, thereby increasing the acrylic material in between. The upshot is increased strength to accomdate the lateral shear stress of tubing. Note that the planed port hubs region is markedly thinner that that of the rest of the reservoir. Unsure as to whether overall acrylic thickness in general has increased, though I doubt it. And I absolutely agree that a glass enclosure would have been preferred.
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UPDATE: Instead or creating a new thread, I thought I'd bring this one back. Here are some reviews:

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/re...?tl=g30c97s165

As you guys can see, this is actually a product that has problems and is faulty. If anybody has this reservoir please contact swiftech for a refund. This is what I will be doing.
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I thought they fixed that on revision 2
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I requested one for review about a month and a half ago and was told to wait a month. I believe that was due to this problem you are talking about with the original Rev 1 reservoirs. Supposedly that was fixed in revision 2 which just started shipping recently.

While I haven't done any long term use, the one I have which is revision 2 hasn't had any problems.
    
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one he's linked to to rev 2
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one he's linked to to rev 2
Yes, but the bad reviews are for the revision 1.
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