For testing about the only thing you can do is install it in a loop, or just fill it with water and see if it leaks. We did the latter, and it successfully did not leak. No real surprise there though as releasing a leaky reservoir to the market would be, well, stupid.
This reservoir is a fine example of ingenuity and thinking outside the box. There is really nothing like this reservoir on the market. The mounting bracket as well, is very well thought out and well built. It is a solidly constructed product and really feels like a lot of planning went into making it work.
And that is what is so disappointing about the way it comes together. Right from the start when you pull this reservoir out of the tube and look it over, it’s like wait something is wrong here. Why PrimoChill didn’t put a centered hole on either end cap is beyond me. It makes this reservoir a non option for a lot of builds as it doesn’t allow you to center it over anything, for instance, a pump. The next slip is not including a set of G 1/4 plugs with the reservoir. It’s simply a must have and not to include them is a hassle for the end user. Now lets consider the price, at $52.99 it’s priced higher than others of it’s size, and they don’t lack in the areas that it does. Finally, the reality is it fixes a problem that doesn’t really exist. Yes not having threads is pretty cool and it cleans up the looks somewhat, but there is nothing wrong with having them either.
Overall ThinkComputers gives the PrimoChill Compression Tube Reservoir a 6 out of 10 score. Including more accessories and lowering the price would be the key to a much higher score.
– Well built
– Mounting Bracket
– Lacks needed accessories
– G1/4 hole placement