Flow Rate Testing
One of the first things I like to do with any new system or water-cooling component is to measure the basic flow rates. The initial pump flow tests indicated that this system will be operating at a relatively low flow rate (<76 GPH) since that’s the best the pump could do without being connected to any components.
I spent considerable time flow testing as many of the various component configurations as possible. I checked the system flow with components connected in series, then in parallel, with a reservoir and without, with the Asetek pump and with a stock Hydor L30 II, with 3/8′ ID tubing and then with Â½’, and finally just the Antarctica waterblock without the Chipset and VGA blocks.
To perform these flow tests I measure how long it takes to fill a 5-gallon bottle (gravimetrically calibrated). Each test is repeated three times. Results are typically very repeatable with a margin of error of ~1%. The precision flow meter I used during the pump PQ testing cannot be used for system flow measurements because the flow meter itself introduces flow resistance, which would make the results invalid.
Hydor L30 II pump free flow
Both the Asetek Hydor and a stock Hydor pump were connected to a Tupperware reservoir with a 3′ long piece of tubing. The discharge of each pump was routed to the bottle with a 12′ length of tubing. The height of the overflowing reservoir was maintained at the same height of the discharge to eliminate any gravitational head affects.
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I measured the free flow of the Asetek modified Hydor L30 II with push-on fittings and a stock Hydor L30 II with Â½’ OD hose barbs (for use with Â½’ ID tubing). As you can see, this basically confirms and coincides with the PQ curve results of these two pumps.
Pump Free Flow (Maximum flow rate)
Asetek Hydor L30 II (with push-on fittings)
Stock Hydor L30 II (with Â½’ hose barbs)
Wow — that’s quite a big difference!
System Flow Testing
To begin our system flow tests I will use the flow path recommended by Asetek in the WaterChill Owner’s Manual. This is a standard series circuit. I mounted the waterblocks to a dead motherboard and video card to simulate the actual layout inside a working computer. An overflowing (constant water level) Tupperware reservoir was used to supply water to the system during testing. The height of the outlet tube flowing into the graduated bottle was maintained at the same height as the water level in the Tupperware reservoir to cancel out any head affects.
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All in all, I tested 10 different flow path configurations.
1) Asetek Series System Flow:
Reservoir > Pump > Radiator > CPU Waterblock >> Y-connector > Chipset Waterblock > VGA Waterblock > into bottle
2) Asetek Parallel System Flow:
Reservoir > Pump > Radiator > CPU Waterblock >> Chipset Waterblock AND VGA Waterblock >> Y-connector > into bottle
3) Asetek Series System Flow (without Reservoir):
Pump > Radiator > CPU >> Y-connector > Chipset Waterblock > VGA Waterblock > into bottle
The next four system flow tests use a standard Hydor L30 II pump with Â½’ OD hose barbs instead of the Asetek modified pump. Adapters were used to connect the 3/8′ ID Asetek tubing to the stock Hydor L30 II pump. The Asetek Reservoir was not used during these tests.
4) Series System Flow with Stock Hydor L30 II Pump (without Reservoir):
Stock Pump > Radiator > CPU Waterblock >> Y-connector > Chipset Waterblock > VGA Waterblock > into bottle
5) Parallel System Flow with Stock Hydor L30 II Pump (without Reservoir)
Stock Pump > Radiator > CPU Waterblock >> Chipset Waterblock AND VGA Waterblock >> Y-connector > into bottle
great test / review but
great test / review but i have a question. according to my research this pump require 240v and as far as i know a psu only give 12v so how does this work does it have a built in adapter or is that the controller you mentioned to transform the 12v to 240v? sorry if i misspelled and dont know the word for that thing,
Best regards Naala