EK Water Blocks has been on a roll, replacing and refreshing its entire lineup of products. The latest release from the water cooling company is catered to users with a desire for additional head pressure or those who just want peace of mind that comes from redundancy.
EK Water Blocks' latest product launch is the EK-XTOP Revo Dual D5 PWM Serial, part of the Revo lineup of pumps and pump tops. This new model comes equipped with two PWM-controlled D5 type water pumps working together in serial. EKWB claimed that the two pumps working together provide nearly double the head pressure, which is ideal for loops with many components, or very long tubing runs. Additionally, the dual pump configuration provides redundancy in the event of a pump failure. Should one pump fail, EKWB said that a single pump would provide enough pressure to keep the loop operational until a replacement pump arrives.
The EK-XTOP Revo Dual D5 PWM Serial features a cylindrical design that EKWB said makes it easy to mount almost anywhere. The included mounting brackets can be attached at any angle around the circumference of the pump, and an optional fan mounting bracket is included with the pump and allows for mounting on a 12 cm or 14 cm fan. The company also said a reservoir that mounts directly onto the inlet of the pump top will be available in the near future.
The EK-XTOP Revo Dual D5 PWM Serial pump top is made out of the same high quality POM Acetal material found on the company's water blocks. The mounting clamps used to fasten the pump to your chassis are made of injection-molded ABS and are designed to absorb the vibrations created by the pumps. EKWB even provided fancy CNC-machined aluminum tightening nuts to hold the pumps in place.
The EK-XTOP Revo Dual D5 PWM Serial pump top is available from the EK Webshop and partner resellers, with two D5 PWM pumps preinstalled, for $244.99.
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Interesting, curious as to the actual specs vs. other dual D5 offerings. It would have been nice had someone included some of the specs:Reply
- Motor: Electronically commuted spherical motor
- Rated voltage: 12V DC
- Power consumption: 23W
- Maximum pressure head: 7m
- Maximum flow: 1500L/h
- Maximum system temperature: 60°C
- Materials: Stainless steel, PPS-GF40, EPDM O-rings, Aluminium oxide, hard coal
- Power connector: 2 x 4-Pin Molex- and 2 x 4-Pin PWM FAN connector
Would like to see it compared with Swiftech's dual DDC pump - 35x2 ($195 ... $$220ish w/ heatsink). Also would like to know if the EK has a Heatsink / fan option which pulls the pump heat away from the loop.Reply
The D5 pump cannot benefit from a heatsink. The way it operates requires that the heat it produces gets absorbed into the water loop. The DDC pump, however, does NOT operate this way, hence the need for it to have a heatsink.Reply