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Welcome to my second value ($100-$150) 2 x 120mm water cooling kit review, the XSPC Raystorm 750 RS240 DIY Water Cooling Kit w/ Free Dead-Water. These XSPC kits have been very popular among the forum users due to their extreme value and good Do-It-Yourself parts. This kit is very much DIY-custom regarding installation and does not come pre-filled like the AIO units such as the Corsair H100 or Swiftech H220. It does however come packed full of value and the performance level we expect from a DIY-custom water cooling parts.  Unlike the sealed AIO kits with their tiny little 1-2watt pumps intended for CPU only needs, this kit affords you flexibility and enough pumping power (6W) to expand later to include a GPU and extra radiator.  It also provides your usual DIY flexibility in allowing custom barbs/compression fittings and any flavor tubing you want to suit your custom build needs.  Last but not least, it comes in a mostly individual component package (Except for pump/reservoir combo) that makes future upgrading things like the CPU block less costly.  XSPC wraps all that up with some additional visual bonuses such as blue LED modules for both CPU block and reservoir that does add some nice visual flare to your custom water build.  The kit also comes at the ready with extra hardware to mount external radiators which is something those AIO kit’s just can’t do because you need to route tubes through case walls, etc.  In the end it provides you with a big box of water cooling goodness intended to start you in the journey of water cooling without breaking the bank and retaining as much flexibility in installation as possible.

This review is a “LIVING” review as I’m still in the process of testing and writing up the results.  If you have testing or review request, please post in the comments. 

A very special thanks to Mark from FCPU for sponsoring this XSPC Raystorm 750 kit, your one-stop-shop for all your PC modification supplies.

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A quick photo of the Kit’s Raystorm block in darkness action!

Product Description

The XSPC Raystorm RS240 Extreme Universal CPU Water Cooling Kit comes complete with everything you will need to cool your CPU. This kit is designed to handle your CPU and can be expanded to handle more blocks as well.

The kit uses the newest XSPC CPU block, the Raystorm as the core cooling component. This block has a pure copper base and is a top of the line in performance and looks. XSPC coupled this with their RS240 radiator which is a thin profile radiator giving more flexibility with compatibility.

The reservoir is a combination of the XSPC dual bay reservoir along with a XSPC X20 750 pump. This pump has been revised and is much more reliable than previous revisions. It is now injection molded for seamless joints and this new revision 4 model is a black color.

This kit comes compete with all fittings, clamps, fans, mounting hardware and hose.

Note: Kit does NOT come with fluid or additive.

Features

  • Designed for Multi-core CPUs
  • Complete Kit
  • Top End Performance
  • Full Copper Base Water Block

Specifications

CPU Block
Compatibility: AMD Sockets 939, 754, 940, AM2, AM3
Intel Sockets LGA2011, LGA1366, LGA1156, 603, 604
*Requires mounting holes
Block: XSPC Raystorm – AMD and Intel
Sockets: AMD Sockets AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+
Intel Sockets LGA1366, LGA1156, LGA1155
Base Dimensions: 56mmx56mmx3mm
LED Support: 4x 3mm LED Holes
Radiator
Radiator: XSPC RS240
Dimensions: 121x35x277mm (WxDxH)
Ports: G1/4
Screws: 6-32 UNC
Fans: 2 x 120mm (4x with push/pull)
Reservoir
Reservoir: XSPC X20 750 Dual 5.25″ Pump / Reservoir Combo
Fitting Ports: 2 x G1/4″
Dimensions: 149 x 100 x 85mm (WxDxH)
Tubing and Fittings
Tubing: 2 Meters – 7/16″ x 5/8″ Clear
Fittings: 1/2″ Barb (Hose Clamps Included)
Pump
Pump: XSPC X20 750 (Black Revision 4)
Pump Performance: 750 lph
Delivery head: 1.8m
Voltage: 12V (4pin)
Fan
Fan: 2 x XSPC 120mm x 25mm Radiator / Chassis Fan – 1650 RPM
Size: 120mm x 25mm
Airflow: 65.2CFM
Noise: ~29dBA
Static Pressure: 1.8mmAq
Operating Voltage: 5.5 – 13.8V.
Connector: 3-Pin
Wire Length: 45cm
Included: RayStorm CPU Waterblock
X2O 750 Pump/Reservoir
RS240 Dual Radiator
G1/4″ to 1/2″ Barb (Black Chrome) x6
Plastic Hose Clip x6
XSPC 1650rpm 120mm Fan x2
120mm Fan Grill (Black) x2
Intel and AMD RayStorm Brackets
Socket 1366 and 1155/1154 Backplates
Socket AM2 and AM3 mounting kit
80mm to 120mm Radiator brackets
3mm Twin Blue LED with 4Pin Molex
5mm Blue LED with 4Pin Molex
2 Meters of Clear 7/16″ Hose
24pin ATX Bridge Tool
K2 Thermal Paste

One particular to take extra note of is that this kit does not come with fluid. It does however come with a bottle of IandH Dead Water (Biocide), so you will need to buy a gallon of distilled water or a liter of water cooling fluid. In spirit of “Value” I chose the first because a gallon of distilled at Wal-mart is only 88 cents which fits this value theme nicely.  Also noteworthy is the 1.8m head pump and low restriction Raystorm CPU block that should leave you with some extra pumping capacity to handle adding more to the loop later.  There are also several other nice features not expected in a value kit such as the LED modules for pump and block, the 24pin ATX bridge tool to make bleeding easy, and the external radiator mount brackets so you can install the kit on back or on top of cases with limited space.  There is quite a lot in just one box..

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Welcome to my review of the revision 4,  XSPC X2O 750.  While I did test a similar submerged acrylic version of this pump many years ago here, this pump and reservoir has been revised several times since then including a brand new impeller, ceramic shaft, ceramic sleeve, a more stable magnetic field, and improved electronic components.  It is also a pump that is very popular due to XSPC’s amazing 750 kit price, so I was interested in checking out the latest revision and see how it does with all the upgrades and revisions.  So off to the test bench to evaluate full hydraulics and some video recording to share some noise recordings with you.

A special thanks to Paul from XSPC for providing the review sample:

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Manufacturer Specifications:

http://www.xs-pc.com/products/pumps/x2o-750-dual-bayrespump-black-v4/

After nearly a year of development we are proud to release the latest version of our X2O 750 pump, the V4.

The acrylic reservoir has been replaced by a tough nylon reservoir with four brass M3 threads on each side. On the front of the reservoir the viewing window now sits flush with the beautifully finished, brushed aluminium faceplate, and the screws are now black to match the faceplate.

On the back of the reservoir we have added a spare G1/4″ port which can be used for a temperature sensor, or draining the system. We have also added a better the LED holder and improved the fill cap seal with a high quality thick o-ring.

The improvements are not just on the outside. We have fully overhauled the 750 pump with a new impeller, ceramic shaft, ceramic sleeve, a more stable magnetic field, and improved electronic components. These changes improve performance, improve reliability, reduce noise, and increase the lifespan of the pump.

Our most popular water pump just got even better!

– Pump Performance: 750 lph
– Head Delivery: 1.8m
– Low Noise, Low Vibration (42dB Max)
– Voltage: 12V (4pin molex)
– Tough Nylon Reservoir
– Dimensions: 149 x 86.5 x 103 mm
– Brushed Aluminium Faceplate
– Brass Screw Threads
– G1/4″ Threads
– Individually Pressure Tested
– 1x 5mm LED Hole
– Capacity 625ml

Maximum water temperature: 50C

Supplied with black faceplate, 8x M3,4mm screws, G1/4″ Plug, and blue LED.

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So besides the all new tough nylon housing, the pump has really been overhauled with a new impeller, bearing, and electronics…very good!

Welcome to my review of a brand new single bay reservoir pump, the XSPC X2O 500.

While I have had the opportunity to test many 20 watt+ bay reservoir pumps such as the XSPC D5 Bayres I tested here.  I know from experiments such as this flow sensitivity test on the Raystorm, that CPU blocks are very resilient to operating well at very low flow rates and in custom loops we generally have much more pump than really needed.  That is fine when space and cost are not high priorities, but there is a bit of a gap in pump options that are more value oriented and still have expansion and power capabilities beyond that of a CPU only loop pump. Most of the all in one kit pumps designed for CPU cooling only have pumps in the 1-2 watt range of power, but they are really maxed out and often can’t push flow much beyond about 0.5GPM. That’s where the X2O 500 fits into the picture, targeted for those that don’t have a budget or want to spend over $100 or more on pumping power, but they want something that is still expandable and capable of powering through multiple block and radiator systems as they upgrade.

A special thanks to Paul from XSPC for providing the review sample:

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Specifications:

Since it is not yet listed on their website, I’ll just note some specifications that I can come up with on my own.

  • G1/4″ Threads
  • Brushed Aluminium Faceplate
  • Acrylic Reservoir
  • 1x 5mm LED hole
  • Blue Sleeved LED provided
  • Dimensions: 149 x 99 x 42mm
  • 5 screws

Welcome to my “living” review/preview of the Swiftech MCP 655-PWM DRIVE. What do you get when you couple our most reliable, most silent, and most cool running pump with PWM technology?

A Swiftech MCP 655 PWM-DRIVE!

I have been using D5 variants for about 5 years now and have always admired them as probably being the most tried and true pump out there serving many systems for 5 years + and going strong.

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However, I have also recently come to admire having PWM control over pumps such as the Swiftech MCP-35X in which I was able to automatically speed up and slow down the pump to meet thermal demands. PWM is also of value for special reservoir tops and other cramped installations where manually getting to the pump speed control is difficult after installation.

With the added PWM features, you no longer need to touch the pump physically to change speeds and you now have the flexibility to control it manually or automatically through a variety of PWM controlling software.

A special thanks to Mark from Frozen CPU for sponsoring the pump used in this review.

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Manufacturer Description & Specifications

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/17549/ex-pmp-214/Swiftech_MCP655-PWM_12v_Water_Pump_Module_-_PWM_Enabled_Single_Version.html

In response to the overwhelming demand and popularity of the MCP655 Series FrozenCPU.com has worked with Swiftech to bring you a more versatile version. Want your pump to run as quiet as possible? Now you can have that as well as the available power of the MCP655 in the all new MCP655-PWM. That is right, a PWM version on the MCP655!!

The MCP655 pump is a high reliability, high pressure industrial pump, featuring a 50,000 hour MTBF (5 year lifetime). Such reliability is afforded by the unique design of this pump, which contains only one moving part: the magnetically driven spherical impeller spins on a single ceramic bearing, thus extending the life of this pump beyond existing standards.

The pump is completely plug-and-play, and connects directly to any computer power-supply through standard 4 pin power connectors and a PWM 4-Pin header. It’s compact design, quiet and powerful motor make it ideally suited for heavy duty cooling in environments where space is at a premium.

This pump comes stock without any housing allowing you to integrate any of your favorite pump tops and pump accessories.

  • 50,000 hours MTBF (Mean Time Between Failure) equivalent to 5 years lifetime
  • Superior 12 Volts DC convenience: plugs into the computer power supply
  • The MCP655-PWM can be used with full confidence in any MP servers, and high-end workstations
  • Superior real world performance versus any aquarium pump we have tested to this date
  • The high pressure capability of the MCP655-PWM is particularly well adapted to high-flow systems using 1/2″ ID or 3/8″ ID Tubing
  • Compact Design
  • No maintenance when used with de-mineralized water, and anti-fungal additives (Swiftech HydrX additive is recommended)
Nominal voltage: 12 V DC
Operating voltage range: 8 to 24 VDC
Nominal power (@ 12 V): 37 W Max
Nominal current (@ 12 V): 2 amps
Motor type: Brushless, microprocessor controlled
Maximum head: 13 ft (4 m)
Maximum discharge: ~ 317 GPH (1200 LPH)
Performance will vary based on housing used

So, the hydraulic specs appear to be the same as the MCP 655, however there are some minor differences in the nominal power rating of 37W and operating voltage. The 13ft of maximum head is right in line with what I have measured myself with other D5 variants, but power consumption for my test bench has typically toped out around 21 watts or so depending on restriction.

We’ll have to put it through the ringer of tests and see how it compares. Perhaps there are some differences in RPM scaling over the vario model and perhaps the PWM feature allows a greater range of RPM operation.

Koolance PMP-500 Pump

Posted: December 13, 2012 in Pumps
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Welcome to my review of the Koolance PMP-500, a new monster pump from Koolance with really impressive pressure specs.    I was instantly interested in getting my grubby little hands on one of these ever since I saw it come out just a couple of months ago.  Pumps and hydraulics has always been more fun for me than thermal testing, so I was naturally interested in this new beast of a pump.  While we do already have several great options, the competition between pumps is somewhat limited compared to other water-cooling products.  This one per the specs looks very interesting, so the question is, how does it size up in terms of size, pumping power, cost, and noise relative the other popular options like the PMP-450.

A special thanks to Tim from Koolance for sponsoring the parts used in this review.

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Manufacturer Description & Specifications

The Koolance PMP-500 offers a high flow rate and very high static head pressure at just 12V. A mounting bracket is included.

  • Maximum Flow Rate: 16L/min (4.2 gal/min)
  • Maximum Head Pressure: 7.5m (24.6ft)
  • Motor: Brushless DC
  • Power Consumption (at max): 32W
  • Voltage Range: 6 to 12 VDC
  • Maximum Temperature: 60°C (140°F)
  • Electrical Connector: 3-pin fan header with tachometer speed signal
  • Hose Connections: G 1/4 BSP Threads
  • Noise: Less than 50dBA
  • Weight: 454g (1lbs)

Please note, the CTR-SPD12X2 and TMS-205 are unable to support this pump due to power constraints. For compatible speed control theCTR-SPD1224 is available.

General
Weight 1.20 lb (0.54 kg)
Dimensions 2.80 x 2.40 x 2.40 in (7.11 x 6.10 x 6.10 cm)
Pumps
Max Flow Rate 16L/min (4.2GPM)
Max Power 32W
Max Static Head 7.5m (24.6ft)
Max Temperature 60°C (140°F)
Native Hose Connection G 1/4 BSP Threads
Speed Knob
Tachometer yes
Type Magnetic Centrifugal
Voltage 6-12 VDC

So, the specs are mighty impressive for sure in terms of pressure head.