Posts Tagged ‘Monsoon’

While I have been a barb and clamp fan for some time now, water cooling has evolved into building artwork just as much as it is for high performance cooling.  Several variations of compression fittings have hit the market over the last few years and I’ve tinkered with many of them.  One complaint I have personally had with many of the compression fittings out there is the “Tool-less” concept.  Many of the fittings out there are intended to be hand or finger tightened, but unfortunately this does often result in partial loss of your valuable fragging fingertips.  One way to mitigate for the lack of tool compatibility is to use a cloth or other protective wrap and use something like vise grips or channel locks as a last resort attempt at converting the “tool-less” knurled compression ring into something you can wrench on.  My other complaint with some compression fittings I’ve used is their lack of internal barb which has led me down the path of leaks as the tubing warmed up and began to slip out of the fitting.  Regardless of the troubles I have personally had, there is no denying that compression fittings look more clean and finished that a regular barb and clamp.  BoxGods being a professional PC mod enthusiast and builder set out to break new ground in the area of compression fittings that would not only improve many of the user problems with existing fittings, but also to jazz up the mundane knurled look via the “Free Center” compression fitting which I’m looking at here.

A special thanks to BoxGods (Gene) for sending me these samples.  First he sent me a set of black chrome I spent extensive time using, and then these limited edition copper flavor to compliment my future copper build.

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Tired of big ugly wrench flats on your compression fittings or tearing up your finger tips on knurling? Then Monsoon’s sexy new Free Center Compression Fittings are just what you’re looking for. The new patent pending Free Center Wrench design used to tighten the barb and the compression ring is perfect for tight spaces because it puts the wrench above the fitting plane giving you more room to maneuver than a conventional wrench. The small wrench notches on the compression ring are also a lot less noticeable than big ugly wrench flats or knurling on the side of a fitting which is normally the most visible portion when installed.

The patent pending windows on the compression ring reduce weight and add some BLING to your rig by allowing the tube to show through and, in a pinch, provide extra grip if you need to use your fingers. The barb base also features a knurled surface to help the barb grip when installed.


Measurements:
Outer Diameter (A): 3/4″
Wall Thickness (B): 1/8″
Inner Diameter (C): 1/2″

  • Barb and compression ring machined entirely from brass.
  • The Free Center Wrench works on the barb and the compression ring for hassle free installation without tearing up your fingers. Don’t be a tool!

  • Although we highly recommend using the Free Center Wrench, the barb can also be tightened with any coin 1.6mm thick and approximately 25mm in diameter—about the size of a US Quarter, and the machined windows on the compression ring can also be used to provide grip for finger tightening.
  • Smaller visually and physically to make mounting in tight locations like CPU blocks easier. Outside diameter is just 24.4mm (.96 inches) and total height is just 16mm (.63 inches).

  • Knurled base on the barb to increase its grab when installed.

  • Available in 8 colors and finishes.
  • Includes a black O ring AND a color matched UV O ring—your choice. (Chrome, Matte Black, and Black Chrome get a second black O ring.
  • Available in singles or in money saving SIX PACKS that also include a free Free Center Wrench!
Tubing Size: 1/2″ Inner diameter
3/4″ Outer Diameter
Included: Six Barbs with radial cut notch for use with a Free Center Wrench or a coin.
Six Compression rings with Patent Pending Side Windows and Free Center Wrench Notches.
Six black 2.4mm thick high quality silicone G1/4 BSPP O rings.
Six color matched UV 2.4mm thick high quality G1/4 BSPP O rings. (Additional O rings or different colors can be purchased separately in 10 packs).
One Free Center Compression Fitting Wrench.

I figured I’d post a quick little blog of what I’ve been doing the last week or so rebuilding my test bench and gaming.  I was invited  to PDXLAN this weekend and figure it was a good reason to do some remodeling on the torture rack I use regularly for my block testing.  The LAN space was technically 24″x30″ per seat, and my horizontally mounted 480 rad and pump setup was in need of reorganizing to be more LAN friendly.  With the “Compact/Clean/More Portable” idea in mind, I mounted two of my triple radiators vertically, and switched to the Monsoon D5 pump/reservoir.  I also spent some time cleaning up the various bits and installing new tubing/fluid.

I do have a few sponsors  including:

A very special thanks to Dennis and Jeremy from Danger Den for the M6 block, Monsoon Reservoir, and seat at PDXlan:

Paul from XSPC for the RX and EX 360:

Eddy, Niko, and Gregory from EK for the UV blue EKoolant:

And BoxGods & Performance PCs for the Monsoon Free Center Compression Fittings

I bought the torture rack and hardware myself.  While I’d never consider myself a case modder/builder of any sort, I was pretty happy with the result.   The rebuild went pretty smooth.  The M6 block mounted nicely, Monsoon fittings cleaned up the clamp look, the Monsoon reservoir green blended in nicely, and the EKoolant added some much needed color to the tubing.  The EKoolant is one of the newer less toxic food grade antifreeze coolants with both algae and corrosion blockers built in.  I thought the blue went well with the MSI motherboard.

The two triple XSPC radiators are way overkill, but I couldn’t help myself…I’ve always enjoyed seeking those single digit water/air deltas..:)

Here are a few quick snaps:

Yeah I know the 570 needs water…:)

Got a chance to try out the new Monsoon free center compression fittings which look really nice.  They held the tubing in place nice and solid when done and made for a really clean look.

After braving Friday 5:00pm Portland, OR rush hour traffic on the interstate, I found my way to the gaming Mecca..PDXLAN event #19.

Sorry for the quick snaps, I was focused on gaming and only broke the camera out for a brief intermission before my battery went south.

The LAN event was a blast! I had never been to one before, so it was a whole new experience.  What’s better than gaming online?  how about organized tournaments, prizes, give aways, and gaming with 500 other gaming enthusiasts that share the same passion.  While my system doesn’t even come close to some of the builds at the event and I’m average at best in gaming, I had an awesome time!

Finally had a chance to meet the great folks at Danger Den as well as a few people from the west coast that frequent the forums.  Everyone there was really welcoming and there was generally a very strong “Have fun and play” atmosphere.  The event also offered some sneak peaks at Gearbox’s new Borderlands 2 game trailer that was never seen before.  Lots of new technology demos of several products scattered around the many booths to drool over and play with.

It was the perfect testing vacation and I managed to get several days worth of much needed medicinal frag time…:)

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