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EKWB Fits Pump and Reservoir into Single Optical Drive Bay

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 18 comments

EKWB has built a new reservoir and water pump combo unit that fits in a single 5.25" bay.

EKWB has announced a new product – the EK-SBAY DDC 3.2. This product is a combination of two: a water pump and a reservoir.

The reservoir can reside in just a single 5.25" optical drive bay, even while holding the pump. The pump included is an EK-DDC 3.2 PWM pump, which is a 12 V water pump that is PWM controllable. This allows you to run the pump at lower speeds for reduced noise and vibration, though there's more. The pump is also mounted to the reservoir using an anti-vibration rubber mounting system, making it possible to achieve some very low noise and vibration levels.

The reservoir is made from POM acetal and comes with a clear acrylic front plate for easy visibility of the water level.

Included in the packaging is the reservoir/pump combo, mounting accessories, as well as a small beaker that can be used for filling up the reservoir.

Pricing is set at $192.73, and the unit is immediately available directly from EKWB.

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    gadgety , April 14, 2014 1:37 PM
    Nice packaging."The pump is also mounted to the reservoir using an anti-vibration rubber mounting system, making it possible to achieve some very low noise and vibration levels." Noise is still a concern. Would be good with some real numbers.
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    firefoxx04 , April 14, 2014 2:09 PM
    now we are talking. EVERY case I find has either 2 or 3 drive bay slots. Right now with my Dual Bay XSPC res I need at least 3 slots. DVD drive, Res, Fan controller (If I buy a fan controller)

    The real wide corsair case (forget its name) only has 2 5.25 bays and thats the reason I dont buy it. If I got this res I could make due with just 2 bays. Sucks its $200. I guess thats the cost of good parts. $200 plus a new case = at least $300 that I dont have :( 
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    BranFlake5 , April 14, 2014 2:12 PM
    At $200, why wouldn't you get a regular pump and reservoir? It would be quieter and better bang for the buck. Even this doesn't make sense for M-Itx form factor. Most M-itx cases don't have room for an ODD, and if they do, they also have room for a pump and reservoir anyway.
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    DarkSable , April 14, 2014 2:26 PM
    ^ Exactly what I was thinking.

    I ended up going from mini-itx to a larger form factor because even though the Apogee Drive II was a great pump, it was hardmounted to the motherboard. Having a decoupled pump makes a huge difference.
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    Bondfc11 , April 14, 2014 2:33 PM
    Nothing new here - Koolance has had the same thing in single and dual pump models (still in a single drive bay size) for years.
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    DRosencraft , April 14, 2014 2:48 PM
    Not only do I agree w/ Bondfc11, I actually have run the setup he's talking about. The Koolance RP-401x2 costs $100-110, and a a Koolance PMP-400 to put in it cost another $60, or you could go with a Swiftech/Danger-Den/whoever else for around $70-$80. I love EKWB, but if you're going the open-loop route, you might as well save yourself the premium they're charging for this and just go with the Koolance res. and your choice of DDC pump, and still have the option to add a second pump later if you need or want to.
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    kalogagatya , April 14, 2014 2:50 PM
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    Nothing new here - Koolance has had the same thing in single and dual pump models (still in a single drive bay size) for years.

    Very true..
    What i don't get is why a lot of watercooling equipment builders insist in turning these pumps upside down when the DDC models were definitely not meant to be installed like that.. (please if someone knows why or can explain why it is not problem in this product i would really like to learn..)
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    palladin9479 , April 14, 2014 7:38 PM
    This is nice because mounting a pump inside a tight case is a PITA. Everything else has some sort of standardized mounts but pumps either use a crappy velcro pad or require some creativity in their placement. Pump Bay combo's are popular precisely because people don't want to have to make their own mounting holes.
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    rdc85 , April 14, 2014 7:53 PM
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    ... Pump Bay combo's are popular precisely because people don't want to have to make their own mounting holes.


    Agreed, I got mine exactly because of that,
    (not confident enough to mod the case)
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    ultameca , April 14, 2014 11:09 PM
    crazy expensive
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    KaiserPhantasma , April 15, 2014 4:55 AM
    so simply put this is "similar" to the closed loop coolers and only water/whatever liquid is just missing and it is good to go?
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    shogunofharlom , April 15, 2014 1:24 PM
    In a world where optical bays are becoming more and more scarce this 1 bay solution seems really ... COOL. lol
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    Bondfc11 , April 15, 2014 3:24 PM
    For me the point is this type of solution has been around for years already - not sure why TH thinks this is news. Wait - I forgot - review articles are pay to play (print). My bad I will shut up now.
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    rdc85 , April 16, 2014 1:50 AM
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    so simply put this is "similar" to the closed loop coolers and only water/whatever liquid is just missing and it is good to go?


    U still missing the radiator, fans, water block, the hose, the fitting, and any accessory u may like (lightning, flow control, drain plug, sensor, etc) and the liquid :D 

    More like 20% of the AIO closed loop cooler..
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    KaiserPhantasma , April 16, 2014 4:02 AM
    Quote:
    Quote:
    so simply put this is "similar" to the closed loop coolers and only water/whatever liquid is just missing and it is good to go?


    U still missing the radiator, fans, water block, the hose, the fitting, and any accessory u may like (lightning, flow control, drain plug, sensor, etc) and the liquid :D 

    More like 20% of the AIO closed loop cooler..


    well the fans I understand but simply put this "thing" is about is basically the "storage" (from what I understand it) for the water?

    then i guess with the stuff you mentioned I guess DIY watercooling is not for me (unless technology leaps again ang makes the whole set-up more "compact" (by compact I mean lesser parts to assemble)


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    DarkSable , April 16, 2014 1:31 PM
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    well the fans I understand but simply put this "thing" is about is basically the "storage" (from what I understand it) for the water?

    then i guess with the stuff you mentioned I guess DIY watercooling is not for me (unless technology leaps again ang makes the whole set-up more "compact" (by compact I mean lesser parts to assemble)


    It's your reservoir, which holds the water, and it's the pump, which moves it around.

    Seriously though, I suggest you do a little bit more research, because although all in ones are more compact, they suck compared to custom watercooling. As in, a vw bug vs a jaguar.

    - All in ones have a combination pump and CPU block. These exist for custom loops too, but the all in ones' pumps are very weak, and very noisy... doubly so because they're bolted to the motherboard / case and so all the vibrations reverberate.

    - All in ones have cruddy, small radiators and cheap fans, which can't cool very effectively when it comes to overclocking.

    - You can't add your graphics card to the loop, or put in another radiator, like you can with custom loops.


    Now, as for rdc85s comment, it's not exactly accurate. He's listing a lot of frivolous stuff. You can put together a custom cooler with a radiator that has a built-in reservoir, and a CPU block / pump combo. It'll be a little noisier than it could, and perhaps a pain to refill, but it's certainly doable, and would only need two parts, four barbs, and two lengnths of tube. It would look a lot like the all in one coolers, but it would be far more powerful.
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    KaiserPhantasma , April 16, 2014 8:01 PM
    Quote:
    Quote:
    well the fans I understand but simply put this "thing" is about is basically the "storage" (from what I understand it) for the water?

    then i guess with the stuff you mentioned I guess DIY watercooling is not for me (unless technology leaps again ang makes the whole set-up more "compact" (by compact I mean lesser parts to assemble)


    It's your reservoir, which holds the water, and it's the pump, which moves it around.

    Seriously though, I suggest you do a little bit more research, because although all in ones are more compact, they suck compared to custom watercooling. As in, a vw bug vs a jaguar.

    - All in ones have a combination pump and CPU block. These exist for custom loops too, but the all in ones' pumps are very weak, and very noisy... doubly so because they're bolted to the motherboard / case and so all the vibrations reverberate.

    - All in ones have cruddy, small radiators and cheap fans, which can't cool very effectively when it comes to overclocking.

    - You can't add your graphics card to the loop, or put in another radiator, like you can with custom loops.


    Now, as for rdc85s comment, it's not exactly accurate. He's listing a lot of frivolous stuff. You can put together a custom cooler with a radiator that has a built-in reservoir, and a CPU block / pump combo. It'll be a little noisier than it could, and perhaps a pain to refill, but it's certainly doable, and would only need two parts, four barbs, and two lengnths of tube. It would look a lot like the all in one coolers, but it would be far more powerful.


    I guess that shows the length of my knowledge on water cooling DIY set-ups :p 
    thanks for the clarification and I might look up some more info about it when I get a bigger/bettter case with at least 1-2 ODD on it :) 
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    rdc85 , April 16, 2014 11:36 PM
    Some WC company sells kits for first timer to try, it basic but quite cheap...
    it's have all the component needed like AIO cooler u just need to connect them...

    IMO "radiator that has a built-in reservoir" or "reservoir with pump combo" is still considered 2 parts..

    edit:
    anyways my point is that the beauty of custom loop.
    u can connect lots of part/model as u like, to suit u best..
    lot's of possibilities
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