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I have been reading lots of articles about reservoirs and most of them wind up coming down to the same conclusion on the following 3 to get:

Swiftech MCRES-Micro reservoir Rev. 2
EK-Multioption RES X2 -100
CyberDruid Waterfall Reservoirs

Now what I was wondering is, can you really go wrong with the type of reservoir you pick? I mean, it does only hold the water anyways. I haven't really seen this reservoir mentioned at all, I just happened to stumble across it just now though through a courtesy link and it looks of quality, only can find it at Aquatuning and P-PCs so there are not many reviews on it either. Can anyone chime in and confirm or deny if this res is just as good as the others listed above as well as how important a res is to the loop?

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Swiftech micro.


after about 4-5 months you will eventually have all the kinks and leaks in your loop worked out (most of these are due to slightly loose barbs), once it becomes airtight your loop will be more then 90% efficient with water. That means that the less air there is in the loop, the less water you loose. For example, about 5-6 months ago I refilled my resovoir with distilled water practically to the top. There was no air bubble.

I have not refilled it ONCE since then and there is a bubble about two millimeters high and it has not grown since after the first month.

Its a concept in chemistry called equilibrium, its that in a closed system only so much of the water can evaporate until it reaches a certain ratio of water vapor (gas) to liquid water. At that point the liquid water literally cannot evaporate.

So long as your airtight your liquid water will barely even evaporate. After 5 months I've only been able to barely notice this tiny water bubble.

That means you don't have to refill it for long, long, long time.

The point of a big resovoir is to prevent it from having to be refilled for a while. So essentially, your paying extra cash for a larger resovoir which you don't actually need.

I have the swiftech micro, and I have not refilled it in 6 months, and it is still full of water.
    
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Now what I was wondering is, can you really go wrong with the type of reservoir you pick?
Not really, unless you get a pump / res combo for the wrong pump.

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I mean, it does only hold the water anyways.
Pretty much. That and maybe look good, and / or hold a pump.

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how important a res is to the loop?
Not really that important at all, you can even get by without one (using a T-line). They do make it a lot easier to fill and bleed a loop though.

Pretty much all most people need is a an inlet port, an outlet port and maybe a port to fill it by (or an accessible cap). Really it comes down to price, looks, size and if the port positions will work with your loop.

Oh, if you do get the Swiftech Micro (it is a good and cheap option) plan to replace the included plastic barbs; they are a pain to work with and prone to leaks.
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Cyberdruid makes great reservoirs. He uses polycarbonate instead of acrylic since acrylic cracks when exposed to alcohol but I doubt anybody will do that. If you want an EK MultiOption Reservoir, I would go for the advanced but EK reservoirs (no offense) aren't that good. Have you ever considered FrozenQ reservoirs? If you really want to stick with the 3 above, I'd say Cyberdruid or Swiftech.
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Not really, unless you get a pump / res combo for the wrong pump.



Pretty much. That and maybe look good, and / or hold a pump.



Not really that important at all, you can even get by without one (using a T-line). They do make it a lot easier to fill and bleed a loop though.

Pretty much all most people need is a an inlet port, an outlet port and maybe a port to fill it by (or an accessible cap). Really it comes down to price, looks, size and if the port positions will work with your loop.

Oh, if you do get the Swiftech Micro (it is a good and cheap option) plan to replace the included plastic barbs; they are a pain to work with and prone to leaks.
Agreed, I used the plastic ones. Its impossible to screw them in all the way (I even used needle nose pliers). So I had to superglue around the threads in order to make it water tight.

Now it works magnificently
    
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