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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.

XSPC D5 Dual Bay Reservoir Combo

Posted: December 6, 2012 in Pumps
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This is review of the XSPC D5 Dual Bay Reservoir Combo. This is another “Durable” option in the bay reservoir pump craze. While XPSC has had a few acrylic options, this is an all new D5 model molded with a tough nylon material that is internally accessible for cleaning via one large top cover and it has a small acrylic window. Up until this reservoir option came out though, getting your hands on a more durable material option usually meant spending over $100, but not so here…it’s about half that. Any while most reservoir tops for the D5 so far have only made very minor improvements. This bay reservoir hit several notes in performance due maintaining a nice spiral shaped volute, removing much of the exit elbow, and improving the inlet port to a more desirable size.

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/d5-dual-bay-reservoirpump-combo/

– G1/4″ Threads
– Brushed Aluminium Faceplate
– Tough Nylon Body
– 1x 5mm LED hole
– Individually Pressure Tested
– Capacity 300ml
– Dimensions: 149 x 85.6 x 105mm

Supplied with black faceplate, 8 screws, and blue LED.

Probably one of two most popular pumps in all of watercooling, the Koolance PMP-450 is a D5 Vario pump and packs a very strong amount of pumping power while retaining it’s built in variable speed controller.  There are multiple flavors of this pump and I have personally used the D5 series ever since my first loop watercooling several years ago.  Koolance has taken this very popular variable speed pump and added what it has been missing for far too long…an RPM sensing wire.

I would like to give special thanks to Tim from Koolance for sponsoring this powerful pump:

Overview

Koolance offers two flavors of the PMP-450 pumps.  One is the subject PMP-450 pump with variable speed control and the second is the PMP-450S pump which is fixed and designed to run at high voltage and higher speeds.

The pump comes in a factory box as a “Bare Pump” type product.

Box indicates it is a Laing D5-38/810 vario with 1/2″ barbs

Well packaged bare pump, no accessories

Both flavors of the pump share the exact same pump housing with the exception of the rear cup in which the PMP-450 has a hole where the variable speed control protrudes.

Variable speed controller and a BLUE RPM WIRE!!!!!

What’s different about the Koolance Brand pump?

There is one thing that I had always very much missed with various other D5 Vario pumps, and that’s the RPM sensor wire.  I’ve have several non Koolance brand variable speed D5 pumps now and none of them ever came with this very valuable feature.  As far as I know, Koolance is the only one to offer a variable speed Laing D5 that comes factory with the blue wire 3 pin RPM sensing wire.

Why is RPM sensing important?

RPM readout provides two important bits of information:

  • Pump and Loop Health Indicator – Having the ability to read RPM is a good way to see the pump is functioning as it was designed.  Sudden changes in RPM are indicators that either something has changed in the loop (IE a block is plugging), or that the pump is experiencing problems.  Without the ability to monitor via RPM, you are left with very little indication.
  • Pump Failure Shutdown – RPM is likely the easiest method of setting up an emergency pump shutdown routine.  Most motherboards and bios tools have some ability to set a minimum RPM level for the CPU fan header.  While this was originally intended to serve as a failsafe for CPU heat sink fans, it also works for pumps that have RPM sensing abilities.  While the D5 series may very well be the most trusted pump in all of watercooling, it’s always good practice to have a failsafe.  Running two pumps in series can give you redundancy, but what happens if you have a single pump and the pump fails…bad things can happen.  I personally have had an instance where I was working on my case and accidentally bumped a loose molex connector only to have the pump quit working.  My 8800GTX video card loop actually melted the acetal in my VGA block and the tubing had deformed to the point that it was nearly ready to burst.  Luckily I was right there looking and noticed the water boiling in my loop after getting a sense of some odd smell.  Had the tubing burst, surely there would have been disaster.  Having had the pump on a shutdown routine, would have prevented that.

Soo…I’m extremely happy that Koolance has now provided us with a D5 Vario WITH RPM sensor!  That’s awesome!

With that, let’s look around the pump.  It does come with a nice steel base which lifts the pump off the ground.  This metal base is ideal for sitting on a decoupling material since there will be no issue with heat.

1/2″ barbs come factory, no need to install a top for larger tubing

Now, let’s have a look on the inside, first and overall parts picture:

Tool-less disassembly reveals the goods, Ceramic/Carbon ball bearing, spiral volute

Another nice features of the PMP-450 is the completely tool-less ability to take the pump apart.  The pump is held in place by the large ribbed collar which simply unscrews with the twist of the hand.  The large o-ring you see sits in the volute housing and seals the metal pump housing to the thermoplastic volute.

At the heart of the pump and common to all D5 & DDC pumps is the very desirable ceramic ball bearing which mates up with a graphite impeller bearing cap.  The one point is the only point of contact and wear and makes for an extremely long life.  I have yet to see one wear out unless someone accidentally ran one dry.

The other perhaps not so obvious feature that makes a very large impact on the pump is the metal pump housing (Canned Spherical Motor).  There are two benefits to this.   One is the cooling capability and heat transfer that the metal housing provides.  Unlike it’s brother DDC series which uses a plastic housing and resulting heat buildup, the PMP-450 and it’s metal house serves extremely well to watercool the pump.  This does lead to more heat entering the water, however the cooling ability is beneficial to the pump electronics in keeping it cool.  The other benefit to this canned housing is how the metal canning creates a water tight seal around the motor housing.  While the pump is mounted any failure in the o-ring or other possible leak will generally have a very difficult time ever finding it’s way into the electronics of the pump.  I think it’s the above two reasons that make this pump one of the most durable water cooling pumps on the market.  They are water cooled, and have built in leak protection.

Easy assembly

So the pump overall has some real durability enhancing features, it has an RPM sensing wire, and very easy to take apart and clean for maintenance needs.

About the only downside I can think of is the larger size and lack of decoupling pad.  Some folks also have noted that the barbs are slightly over-sized and take a little more force to install tubing on.  I consider oversized barbs a big benefit in general because it generally leads to much lower chance of leaks.  Also decoupling material such as a piece of egg crate works perfectly fine.  I just wouldn’t recommend bolting the metal stand to the case if possible.

12V Test Results

Detail (Retest Done 12-15-12)

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Following my usual pressure vs. flow rate testing, I came up with the following family of curves at 12V.  Generally settings 4 and 5 would be good options for average to higher restriction loops and settings 2 and 3 for very low restriction loops.  Setting 1 is really a bit too underpowered to maintain acceptable flow rates, although I would encourage anyone to try.  Note that my setting 5 is actually max and setting 1 is min.  I figure anyone that is operating at 5 likely has the knob turned to the max which is very slightly more than 5, etc.

Setting 1 through 5. Pressure is the solid lines, Watts is the dashed lines.

12V vs 24V

You may have noticed that the pump is perfectly capable of operating at higher voltage up to 24V.  This may lead you to believe there would be a significant performance difference between 12V and 24V.  I tested that below:

Setting 5 12V vs 24V, very very minor benefit with low restriction loops

Unfortunately there is not much benefit to using 24V on the PMP-450 pump.  Up to about 1.5GPM there really was no measurable benefit, on the contrary because it was consuming about 1-2 watts more.  I would not recommend purchasing a controller to operate this pump beyond 12V, it’s just not enough difference to bother with.

Performance PMP-450 vs PMP-400 + Top

While tops don’t help much on the PMP-450 pump because the factory top is already very good, they do help a lot on the PMP-400.  Soo…many have folks choose the PMP-400 for it’s slight performance advantage.  Here is that comparison:

The difference here will not add up to much temperature difference, but the PMP-400 with top is a slightly stronger pump for our more restrictive water cooling loops.

Size

One thing you should also consider with this pump is it’s relative size.  It is generally bigger than the PMP-400 or other DDC pump at least until you put on a top and lift the PMP-400 to provide more cooling.  Then they are comparable.

Size Comparison

On the left is actually the 450S model, but both (450 & 450S) are the same size so I reused the picture.  Without the lifting base, the PMP-400 is a fair amount more compact.  Size is something you’ll want to consider.  Also note that the inlet port and outlet ports are reversed between the two pumps.  The PMP-400 with top accepts the in from the top, where the PMP-450 accepts the in from the side.  Depending on your tubing configuration, you might have a preference one way or the other.

Noise

The pump is extremely quiet, particularly when installed in an acetal aftermarket top.  Check out the noise data in my pump noise round 1 piece where I tested both the stock top and after market top.

Efficiency

Not a huge deal as I think the differences are relatively small, but the PMP-400 when coupled with an aftermarket top will produce slightly more pumping power per watt than the PMP-450, but that is only after the PMP-400 has had the factory top (with an inlet elbow) removed.

Not quite as efficient as a PMP-400 with top

This is pretty minor when you’re talking about 20 watts worth of heat, but something to consider if you’re looking at running something extreme like triple pumps in series.  The PMP-400 with top is a bit more efficient by a few watts depending on the restriction.

Conclusion

Pros
  • Extremely reliable long lasting pump
  • Canned metal housing protects electronics from leak damage
  • Canned metal housing cools the pump motor very well
  • Factory Top performs very well, no inlet elbow
  • Factory Top comes with 1/2″ barbs
  • Koolance brand includes an RPM sensor wire, yes!!
  • Factory speed controller built in (no need for voltage controller to reduce speed)
  • Easy tool less entry
  • Cost – When compared to a PMP-400 plus top
  • Very Quiet
Cons
  • Larger in size
  • Not quite as powerful as a PMP-400 with top
  • Not quite as efficient as a PMP-400 with top
  • No decoupling pad or accessories (bare pump)

So there are some give and takes when compared to the PMP-400 series, but you’ll find the user base very much split out there.  I believe the durability, long life history, and cool operation are all very desirable features many prioritize highly.  I like this pump very much, and particularly like it now that Koolance has provided us with the RPM sensor.  You really can’t go wrong with either the PMP-450 or PMP-400 pumps, I use them both myself and can’t really pick a favorite because I see benefits in both models.  The nice thing about the PMP-450 is that you get a speed controller and a good 1/2″ compatible top factory out of the box.  You also get a pump that runs very cool and has a long history of reliability.  These are all very good qualities and I highly recommend it.

Cheers!
Martin

Welcome to my living review of the latest in the D5 pump bay reservoir craze. This bay reservoir is very much a modder’s  dream built with modularity in mind. Factory direct there is already so much to choose from and details that come included.  There are a variety of colors, factory LED lighting and control module, wire sleeving, pump housing, pump housing cap, rubber isolation mounts, multiple performance o-rings, and more.  I plan to spend some quality time testing this new reservoir and running through some of the features that it includes

A very special thanks to Geno (Box Gods) from Danger Den for taking so much time in developing and providing this extreme quality reservoir:

Packaging

The box arrived at my door and a very over sized 10x10x12″ shipping box with ample paper packaging and very well protected.  Within the shipping box was the Danger Den product box which is shown below:

 

There is a MONSOON within! MMRS = Monsoon Modular Reservoir System

The initial box opening presents one of two bubble cartons of goodies

The reservoir is placed in between two of these bubble cartons which serve dual purpose to house the many accessories as well as provide another layer of protection.

 

Top carton includes stop plugs, rubber vibration isolation pad, optional chrome screws, thin/red o-ring, and a DD Logo decal.

You can see the attention to detail begin here.  Some builders may want black screws, some may want chrome plated screws, Danger Den gives you both!!

Also if you are like me and frequently find my tools have walked away in younger hands, have no worries, they included two allen wrenches to modify your monsoon with, very nice!

 

Bottom carton includes the black standard pump o-ring, spare plug o-rings, thick isolation rubber, and mounting screws

Coming straight from the box, my unit came mostly assembled and wrapped in layers of foam

My particular model came pre-assembled, but I believe per the instructions some may or may not be completely assembled.  It sounds like you may have to install the decals such as the motor cover pin striping and some of the smaller parts which are all very well detailed in the user manual.  There is a full 11 pages of letter sized user manual with schematics and notes within.  This may take a little time in assembly, but the instructions are very well written and you should have no problem with guidance.

 

11 page user manual is extremely detailed

A brief topics list includes:

  • Box Contents
  • General Notes
  • Applying the Decals
  • Pump Mounting
  • LED Power Button Operation
  • LED PCB Replacement
  • Window and Faceplate Installation
  • Plug Installation
  • Mounting the reservoir in your case
  • General Operating Guidelines
  • Leak Testing

Wow, without a doubt this is the most detailed installation manual I have ever seen for a water cooling product.  Yet another indication how much thought detail has been put into the design of the product.

Overall I am extremely pleased with the packaging, everything was very well packaged and protected and made a safe journey to my home  The instruction manual is also above and beyond..

About the only thing missing are barbs, but considering the variety of preferences, it’s actually more typical that barbs are not included than including them. Just make sure you have a set of barbs or order a set to complete the package.

4/2/11 Update: Full Review is UP HERE>>

 

Continuing with the bay reservoir craze, is one Danger Den’s Monsoon Premium D5 Reservoir.  Not only can you get one in all it’s durable acetal goodness, you can get it IN COLOR!!.

Special thanks to Geno (BoxGods on XS) from Danger Den for providing this sample.  I chose the green flavor because I’m an old Kawasaki dirt bike rider…go team green!..:)

The reservoir is extremely nice looking.  It’ll be a little while until I get testing done, but in the mean time, I’ll share some more pictures.

 

Removing the top triangle cover reveals the LED PCB bottom

LED PCB, LEDs could be modified to different color if desired

Molded/Cast? acrylic piece is reinforced by the aluminum bezel

Simple pump inlet port is very open to the reservoir, no baffles.

Outlet port manifold cover and LED windows are glued in place

A lot of thought has gone into the LED controls. Push rods here, make sure long end goes in first.

Rubber isolator mounts in place

Bottom

Pump volute is a nice completely spiral shape ever increasing in radius. The outlet splits in the manifold to two ports.

 

The nice spiral shaped volute should translate to great performance and minimal stress on the motor bearing.  A true spiral shape is generally the most efficient form for centrifugal pumps as it allows the impeller to produce flow in all directions.  The multiple ports are intended to serve as splitting options for parallel loop (advanced split loop design).  My general first impression is very good, the acetal construction is of high machined quality, and there is a plethora of details such as the LED control module and pump cover that exhibits a high attention to detail.  Then there is the multitude of color options that should appeal to many system builders looking for personal color touch.

Of coarse there are several colors and variations of colors to choose from.  I love the green being a Kawasaki fan, but they have black, red,blue and variations of trim colors as well.

Check out the options>> Danger Den’s Monsoon Premium D5 Reservoir

 

Youtube videos by other users:

Darth Beavis does a little walk through on an early prototype:

thegcpu does a nice little unboxing here:

 

BlueAquaXS does a quick side by side comparison with the Koolance reservoir

 

 

Cheers!
Martin