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Guys, it's me again. I know, I have a lot of questions to ask. Well, I'm an inquisitive guy, got a problem with that? Ok, why's that? (See what I did there?) Anyway, I'm looking for your suggestions--yes, YOURS! It would seem that I have an interest in building a smaller cube rig similar to my big rig (see sig)...ok hold on, that was a tight rap verse. Did anyone catch the rhyming? But, seriously, I must digress. I'm going to need more room in the smaller case, so, I'm thinking about the possibility of using two dual bay reservoir pumps to power the two loops in this upcoming 1440p 120hz build.

Would a dual bay res pump with the D5 pump such as the one shown below be ok to use? Any issues that one should be aware of pertaining to it?



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More to the point would be what case and what hardware are you planning to cool???
Mountain Mods U2 UFO cube case, i5/i7 LGA 1155 CPU oc'd to 4.5GHz - 5GHz (haven't decided which one yet), three GTX 670s, and possibly a chipset/MOSFET block combo.
 

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That particular bay res was always a pain for me to bleed. It would take a few days to get the air out of the loop.

That res also has a small manufacturing defect. The bottom outlet is flush against the res, when you're screwing a fitting it, it's very difficult for it to make a watertight connection and there's a good chance it will leak.
 

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That particular bay res was always a pain for me to bleed. It would take a few days to get the air out of the loop.
I swapped my EK multi-option for a Koolance 402x2 bay res and have regretted it ever since. Sure it looks cool and keeps my dual 35x's all in a nice little package but it is nearly impossible to bleed, fill, empty, etc. When it is all set up it works like a champ but I simply loath having to do any maintenance on my loop. I am considering dumping that one and have been looking at those Aqualis glass tube res from Aquacomputer. I can't find any decent reviews is the only reason I have held off.

You should ping Martin about that XSPC one since he just did a review on it. Ask him how hard it is to bleed and deal with during loop maintenance time.
 

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I have a koolance res as well. It is tricky to drain and fill but when I was running a mid tower it worked great from a space perspective. I'm running 2 MCP 35X, and even at low RPM you can still hear the pumps because as mentioned above there is little capability to isolate the resevoirs from the drive cage. Even with padding, the drive cage vibrates which causes the clips and loose fittings to vibrate. I guess it depends on your goal. If you a looking for silence, it might not be the best option. If you are just concerned with the cooling, it might not matter.
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Great point on the noise. When my Aquaero 5 ramps the pumps up I can sure hear the whine and feel the vibration in my case-labs M8. When the pumps are throttled down it is silent and looks awesome. It just isn't functional for service.
 

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I have one of those XSPC dual bay res, it came with my kit. It was quiet compared to the fans on the RX360, even with the pump on 5. I say WAS. The top warped and began to leak on 3 of the 4 sides, inside of 2 months. I could not bother with it further, and after seeing I'm not the only one with this issue, (and no I did not want another) I bought an Alphacool Repack dual bay, single/dual pump res for my D5.

I ended up taking the top off that XSPC, to see what was going on with it. It was held by screws, AND by what looked like superglue in a few spots, (I'm sure it wasn't but that's what it looked like). In some spots, over where the pump was, and over the front, the glue did not hold when the lid 'softened' as it got warm, and the O ring was able to exert enough pressure to continue to break the glue as the lid warped upwards. It got bad enough for it to leak. For Ss and Gs, I heated the lid in warm water and flattened it under a few books. Then I got out the JB Weld and used that to glue it down. Don't know if it will hold, but as an emergency backup I'm good with it.

As for the Repack, it's nice. A bit slow to fill using that fill port in front is about the only thing negative I can say, but if it's in a case, you don't have to slide it half out of the case to fill it either. It feels solid, and the single/dual pump option in back is nice; when I expand my loop to include my GPUs, if I want another D5 I can just add it. Nice. Good looking too. Mine is resting on a metal shelf with the pump on 4 and I don't have hum issues. The D5 is quieter than I expected it to be and really doesn't vibrate.

That XSPC res was disappointing, their Raystorm block is a thing of beauty with the optional aluminum mount. Maybe they can get the guy who designed that to redesign that res...
 

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So, what about other Dual Bay res options besides AlphaCool and XSPC? Just trying to get a list of ones to research up on.
 

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I have the pump/res in the OP and well, It was much easier to bleed compared to my ddc equiv from xspc, It's quieter then a church mouse and has very high throughput imo.

It would take hours for me to bleed the loop with the xspc dualbay ddc res, It took me 4 seconds, Literaly i turned the pump on and WOOSH air gone as water went rushing through the whole loop.
 

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I have the pump/res in the OP and well, It was much easier to bleed compared to my ddc equiv from xspc, It's quieter then a church mouse and has very high throughput imo.

It would take hours for me to bleed the loop with the xspc dualbay ddc res, It took me 4 seconds, Literaly i turned the pump on and WOOSH air gone as water went rushing through the whole loop.
Are you talking about this one?

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I'm sorry, your post is a bit hard to understand. Is the res/pump pictured there the one that took you only seconds to bleed?
 

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Thats the one, Thats a D5 in a bay, It was noisy for all of 4 seconds because i couldn't funnel water in fast enough when it turned on, Then about 4 seconds later after the loop was completly clear ( 4 water blocks, 3 360mm rads in awkward positions) it was as silent as a church mouse.
 
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