What's the difference....EK-VTX and EK-D5

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Hi Fellow OCukers,

I am looking to do my first WC set-up and I've decided to go for the Thermaltake Level 20 XT case, and I am now looking at pump/reservoirs...can someone explain in layman terms the difference in these two pumps? I can see people saying VTX would be better for more complicated loops, but the D5 looks more powerful so how does that work?

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Personally, the D5 everytime, space permitting, then the DDC ( the square pumps ).

The VTX is EKs own and will only be sold as a combo with the reservoirs, so you are tied to them if anything goes wrong.

If you need to replace a standard D5 or DDC pump they are easy to pick up from retailers, so you are up and running again in a few days as oppose to a complete RMA of the pump/res to EK which could take weeks.

More info here ;

https://smallformfactor.net/forum/threads/ekwb-vtx-pumps.13058/
 
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I 2nd the D5 recommendation, simply because they are so plentiful, and touch wood, I've never had an issue with them, run 1 d5 pump for 5 years
 
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I've had a D5 running my loop for 7 years now with no issues. Very rarely hear anything bad about them and they're really widely supported by plenty of manufacturers when it comes to tops and top/res combos.

would definitely stick with the D5 if mine died.
 
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I've had a D5 running my loop for 7 years now with no issues. Very rarely hear anything bad about them and they're really widely supported by plenty of manufacturers when it comes to tops and top/res combos.

would definitely stick with the D5 if mine died.

Yea more I read up ppl do seem to swear by them!
 
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Personally, the D5 everytime, space permitting, then the DDC ( the square pumps ).

The VTX is EKs own and will only be sold as a combo with the reservoirs, so you are tied to them if anything goes wrong.

If you need to replace a standard D5 or DDC pump they are easy to pick up from retailers, so you are up and running again in a few days as oppose to a complete RMA of the pump/res to EK which could take weeks.

More info here ;

https://smallformfactor.net/forum/threads/ekwb-vtx-pumps.13058/
Now I’m considering the VTX for my next build.
 
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