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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