First I wanted to give a special thanks to those people who really made this test possible. The following folks are truely committed to providing the water cooling community better information and they provided me either loaner samples or product samples I can keep (I'm all for more water cooling goods!):
Linus from NCIX.com provided me with a sample Apogee Drive unit
to review. I used the motor from this apogee drive unit (which is a Laing DDC 3.1=MCP350
) to complete all of the pump testing below. NCIX is a great place to shop not only for water cooling, but for ALL of your computer needs. They have both the NCIX.com
which serves Canada, as well as NCIXUS.com
for the united states folks. I highly recommend you visiting their shops on your next computer build, thanks Linus!!
Coolmiester (XS member name) of Coolercases UK
- Please visit their website and forums. They provide a great resource to the community and wide range of products. Coolmiester sent me the following loaner samples: Petra's DDCT-01s Top
, EK-DDC X-Top G1/4
, EK-DDC X-Top G3/8
, Alphacool DDC plexitop
, and the Alphacool DDC Plexi Reservoir
. Five of the testing tops, thanks a bunch, very much appreciated!
Petra of Petra's Tech Shop
- Provided me with a loaner sample of the Koolance DDC top. Since I already had a a DDCT-01s top, they offered and sent me the Koolance top they had from thier own testing. Petra's Tech shop is my #1 pick for shopping in the USA, they are like the newegg of water cooling for us USA folks, only 10X the customer service. I particularly encourage you to shop there, because they are also truely committed to testing and finding out the truth about water cooling products. That means worlds to me and I order stuff from them all the time. How many Petra pens do YOU have?...:)
Paul from XSPC
provided me with both the XSPC Laing DDC top
and their newly release XSPC Acrylic Reservoir DDC Top
product samples. A UK based company with some very refined performance products.
Jeremy from Danger Den provided me with a sample their Danger Den DDC acrylic top.
Danger Den is another great manufacturer and reseller of all type of water cooling products, based here in my home state of Oregon in the USA. As you'll see in many of my other reviews they are very committed to producing products with good flow rate capabilities. I've really enjoyed reviewing many of Danger Den's products, they are great folks that manufacture great products!!
Gary from Sidewinder Computer Systems
provided me with an OClabs sample. I shop at Sidewinder very regularly and highly recommend you check them out. Sidewinder is also committed to providing various forum members gear to test, and very committed to supporting forum members in their testing adventures. They carry a wide range of water cooling gear at the very best prices!
Rob from the Watercoolingshop.com provided me with the EKG3/8" Barbs for the EKG3/8" X-Top. He also provided these nice G3/8" to G1/4" adapters which I used in some recent radiator testing. They have a wide variety of water cooling gear and specialize in water cooling parts. I highly recommend them!
Nikos from OClabs also provided me with a newer black OClabs XPTop sample. This round of DDC 3.1 testing included this newer version of the top. Check out their site for some fantastic "How it's Made
" photos of the XPtop and many of their other products here, great information and I thank Nikos for providing me with an updated top sample to test. Thanks Nikos!!
|NaeKuh (XS member)
||Another very active member in the water cooling comminuty always out to try new things. I've been building him a TEC chiller and while I was at it he sent me his EK X-Res 140. Unfortunately I sent this sample back to him before I retested all the samples measuring total head, so I do not have that result.
Thanks....you all made this possible!!
The Pump Used - Swiftech Apogee Drive Motor = MCP350 = Laing DDC 3.1
The pump I used in all of this testing is one that I recentely recieved from Linus at NCIX in the form of an Apogee drive
I'll be reviewing. After taking the drive apart for inspection and comparing the motor to a DDC 3.2, it was obvious to me it was a standard Laing DDC 3.1
. This is what I needed to complete this round of testing, so I did. I used the stock top from my DDC3.2 for the stock top testing.
To further confirm this, I took my test results for the stock pump and overlaid that on top of swiftech's published results from their site here
. I've always had very similar results to swiftech's own testing, so if my results were far off, I would suspect my pump or my testing equipment was off.
This is what I got, very similar results....that's good, we have a genuine DDC 3.1 here.
Very similar results to Swiftech's published curve for the MCP350 (Laing DDC 3.1)
I always admire and appreciate the detailed scientific data Swiftech publishes on their products, I can only wish we would see more of this...kudos to Swiftech!!