By Trace at 2010-02-05 07:05
Written by Trace Hagen (Trace)
Today I will be reviewing the Swiftech MCP655-B 1/2in. Water Pump which I purchased from Xoxide.com. Xoxide has been in the computer modding scene for a long time now and recently transferred to new ownership. Previously I had been amazed at the fast shipping from Xoxide and was a tad bit disappointed when it took them 3 days to send me my tracking number. However, when I checked the tracking number, it showed that the same great next day shipping still occurs. I received my product 10 days after purchase as I used the cheap shipping...more.
I chose the Swiftech MCP655-B because of its great specifications and because I wanted to watercool my secondary PC. All I was missing was a great pump, and this has filled the position. Xoxide also carries several other watercooling pumps and watercooling supplies.
- Ultra Quiet
- No Maintenance
- Compact Design
- Extreme Performance
- Reliability: 5 years MTBF
- Quick and Easy installation
These are taken straight from the installation guide:
- 12V DC
- 2 Amps, 24 W
- Max Pressure: 50PSI
- Max Head: 10ft
- Max Discharge: ~317GPH
- Temp Range: 32*F to 140*F
- Weight: 1.4LB
- 1/2” Barb connections
What’s in the box?
Upon opening the box you are greeted with:
- 1 x MCP655 Pump
- 1 x 8.5” x 11” installation guide
- 1 x foam pad with glue on both sides
- 4 x rubber washers
- 2 x bolts
- 2 x nuts
Installation is a breeze, just as advertised, which we all know is a rarity. In my case I simply used the foam pad and glued the pump to the bottom of my case, ran the tubing, filled, leak-tested, and was finished. For a stronger and safer mount, if you like to move your computer around, I recommend using the included bolts, nuts, washers, and the foam pad. Simply drill 2 holes through your case where you want to mount the pump, affix the foam pad, and bolt down. That pump won’t be going anywhere.
I mounted this pump with a HK LC 3.0 and a Swiftech MCR120.2, running OCCT for 30 minutes to give the loop a good load and record the temps.
My hottest core.
As you can see above, the flow managed to keep very acceptable temperatures on my i7 at both stock speed and at 3.77Ghz.
My thoughts here will be regarding the features advertised.
I found the pump to be quiet. I wouldn't go as far as calling it silent, but it's definitely not loud.
I have not had to perform any maintenance on this pump or the other pump of the same model that I have had for over a year.
The pump is not small. It would require a 4”x3.5”x4.5” (depth x width x height) box to fit it inside.
The performance has been enough to push a Dtek Fusion v2, 2 x MCR120.2, and 2 x 3870x2 blocks without breaking a sweat.
I have not been able to test the reliability.
I already stated that installation is very simple. Even my brother would be able to do it.
Recommendations and Conclusions:
Xoxide has once again proven to be an excellent source for case modding supplies and water cooling supplies. The new management has taken over an excellent site and continues to keep up the Xoxide name and even improve it.
They continue their habit of shipping out next day which keeps the customer happy. I have purchased from many online vendors, and Xoxide is the only one that has ever managed to ship out next day every time. I have never received a screwed up order from them either. I docked them .5 because of the time it took for me to receive my tracking number. Let’s face it: computer geeks like to know where their latest and greats toys are at every moment in the shipping process. I also docked .5 as it was simply the pump box inside a normal box; there were no packing peanuts or paper or anything. I felt as though this might result in damage to the product.
The packaging the pump comes in is semi-unassuming, simply stating its features in 4 languages. The box is sturdy and will protect the item, even if packaged without any padding.
I awarded Swiftech a 5/5 for the contents because they included both the items necessary to bolt the pump down and a foam pad which can be used by itself or in conjunction with the bolts to provide a vibration-free mounting.
As installation was very simple, I have to award the product a 5/5. The barbs are actually part of the pump itself, so all you have to do is shove the pipe on and clamp it down to prevent leaks. Simple.
The performance of this pump has yet to let me down in either of the two computers I use it in. It does a great job and keeps the water flowing and my components cool.
Overall Experience: 5/5
The overall experience with the product has been a complete joy. From the ease of installation, to performance of the product, to the simplicity of the design, Swiftech has a real winner on their hands. I highly recommend this pump and all Swiftech products to anyone with a ½” water cooling loop, as they have never let me down.
Thanks for reading,
For any questions or comments, please post and I will do my best to answer them.