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The little reservoir that could...if only you could find it


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Hi folks - 

 

...just a quick note on the Swiftech MCRES Micro Rev2 Reservoir... I bought five of them between 2013 and 2015 (quite cheap), and all of them are still in use, even at times in combination with bigger reservoirs for new complex water-cooling builds.

 

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First and foremost, their small size makes them much easier to mount, if not hide. Importantly, they also work exceptionally well when dealing with multiple blocks and pumps (ie. 3x D5s) in a given loop, loops with a lot of height differential and directional changes. The key seems to be that little 45 degree or so internal acrylic tab just above the inlet - it really makes bleeding a loop of air bubbles faster and far less frustrating than any other reservoir I have ever tried / used.

 

One of the drawbacks of it relates to the 1/4 diameter barb fitting on the side. Apart from a chromed metal mounting bar (not shown), it comes with black plastic and also metal barbs, but the threaded holes in the inlets (on the left in the pic above) are just a tiny bit spaced too close together for regular compression fittings.

 

Still, the overall advantages far outweigh those minor issues...though the Swiftech MCRES Micro Rev2 Reservoirs are very hard to find at the typical large-scale w-cooling retailers...not sure if they're out of production, but smaller specialty retailers still seem to have some. There's also the eBay option for used ones.

 

 

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That's a classic. Before Corsair and EK took over the watercooling shelves at my local Micro Center, could always find these stocked. I was actually looking for a cheap little res to have on hand a few weeks ago, but alas they don't seem to stock these anymore in favor of just Corsair, EK, Bitspower stuff.

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13 minutes ago, Sir Beregond said:

That's a classic. Before Corsair and EK took over the watercooling shelves at my local Micro Center, could always find these stocked. I was actually looking for a cheap little res to have on hand a few weeks ago, but alas they don't seem to stock these anymore in favor of just Corsair, EK, Bitspower stuff.

 

...every once in a while, you see some, including 'new old' stock at smaller online retailers, but their online payment systems often are 'non-https' and there a few other question marks.

 

I got enough for now, but the next time I see some @ fleabay at a decent price, I might just add to my collection as the micro-res v2 are very useful on both a temporary and permanent basis.. 

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1 hour ago, J7SC_Orion said:

 

...every once in a while, you see some, including 'new old' stock at smaller online retailers, but their online payment systems often are 'non-https' and there a few other question marks.

 

I got enough for now, but the next time I see some @ fleabay at a decent price, I might just add to my collection as the micro-res v2 are very useful on both a temporary and permanent basis.. 

Do you live next to a microcenter? On sale... Mostly OOS. But a few stores have it for $11.77

 

WWW.MICROCENTER.COM

Get it now! The MCRES Micro Revision 2 reservoir shares all the good things that characterized the classic MCRES Micro in size, quality, and provided accessories, but it also includes additional enhancements...

 

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1 hour ago, Avacado said:

Do you live next to a microcenter? On sale... Mostly OOS. But a few stores have it for $11.77

 

WWW.MICROCENTER.COM

Get it now! The MCRES Micro Revision 2 reservoir shares all the good things that characterized the classic MCRES Micro in size, quality, and provided accessories, but it also includes additional enhancements...

 

 

nice find...but no Miccrocenter in Canada (yet?)

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...I suppose if I would have mounted them on top of each other rather than side-by-side (below for a two mobo, octo-GPU setup from eons ago), I could have called it a 'distro plate' 😁 - way ahead its time.

 

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...given the space efficiency and the superb de-bubbling capabilities, for those who live near a microcenter, it might be worth per @Avacado 's post above to pick up a couple.

 

 

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Kind of difficult to see, but I had one on my first water build too.  I did mine the hard way (or was it easy way?), and modded an H50 with a XSPC 240mm rad, I forget what fans, and the MCRres (its in my 5.25 bays).  Rig was a 4.8GHz 2500k and a GTX 580 at that time.  Bought another res to do my first actual loop too, I think that was my 2700k and 7970, but I don't have pictures of that setup.

 

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