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Swiftech Maelstrom Standalone Bay Reservoir Review

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Liquid Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Oct 25, 2012 3:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 96%Manufacturer: Swiftech

Final Thoughts




While I was scouring for information about the Maelstrom, I had already run most of my testing I wanted to get through with this in the loop. I found this chart that you were just looking at that I then took as a reference to results I found while clocking the i7 2600K to 4.6GHz as well as stock values and compared them to this chart. Using IBT as the test medium, I went through the typical rounds of 50 passes which takes over an hour to complete to be sure I am giving everything time to settle or saturate if that is the case. Not with the Maelstrom. Stock clock runs resulted in a reading of 27.2C on the LCD with a room temperature hovering right at 25C. By the chart I have an extreme cooling system. Even when I applied the overclock, and again ran things for over an hour, I looked at the front of the Maelstrom to find it displaying 29.5C in that same 25C ambient temperature. Granted there are other parts in the loop helping produce those results, but it does show that at least I am using top notch, quality parts to go along with this very cool reservoir.


Installation is a breeze. I applied the Lok-Seal compression fittings to the black POM piece as well as in the middle of the back of the Maelstrom. Even with the much larger fittings now in play, there were no clearance issues or complications with the use of the Lok-Seal parts. With the components I was using in this loop, I had some issues getting coolant to the pump to allow me to start to bleed the loop. However, once flow was achieved, there was a rush of air to the reservoir. Cycling the power would fill the res with a cloudy mess of bubble, and once powered down they just dissipated into the air space of the reservoir, with very little of it passing through to the outlet. On top of that, the tube inside of the res, the special cuts at the bottom, the anti-siphon media, and the screen all work to catch any air in the main body of the Maelstrom and out of the rest of the loop. While I did find myself going for a pair of pliers often to remove the top cap for filling, the very large hole made pouring right from large bottles very easy with no spillage at all if you have a steady hand.


I have seen thermal displays, I have seen reservoirs with cover plates, some form of a graduated scale, and of course I know they sometimes come with the pumps. I can't say too much for the units that do offer the 35X pumps, or even the reservoirs with the mounting plate that I could apply my pump to, but I can speak for the standalone Maelstrom we just took a look at, and I have to say I am really impressed.


Breaking it down a bit, the plain dual bay res from whoever is going to be roughly $40, add a face plate of anodized aluminum that is custom cut and designed to work with the LCD display has to be another $20. The engineering in the anti-siphon setup, there is a lot of money in that. Offering an included temperature probe, it has to be $20 worth of work to any reservoir, and that is with a LCD display that isn't built in. Just that alone makes the $89.95 listing price of the Maelstrom as you just saw it worth every penny and some.



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