View Full Version : T line over a Res
07-30-06, 10:03 PM
Can sombody name me some points that a Res has over a T line and a T line has over a Res? Because Im not sure If I should ditch my res and get a T line, a few friends of mine claim that a T line is better than a res.
07-30-06, 10:10 PM
Easy to bleed
Have to plug
Have to buy tri-pipe
I won't speak on the res because I've never owned one for regular water cooling.
07-30-06, 10:29 PM
Its really personal preferance.. Iv never used a t-line but iv used my res, and i just like having a res. Its easier to see if the water is flowing, i think bay res's look really cool, sometimes in certain situations they just make more sense than a t-line. Personaly, i think tlines look terrible. They both get the job done, right? So its whatever you feel more comfortable using..
07-30-06, 11:00 PM
I've only had a Bay res, and am looking to move to a t-line...
I dont have a window and need the 5.25 bay..
07-31-06, 08:17 AM
i had a t-line when i had my last watercooler. Things i liked about it.
1) When friends who didn't know what watercooling was couldn't understand how it could be open and no spill.
2)refilling was kind of a snap. I kept the length of my t long so i could run the line out of my case and fill it outside. But the downside was that it could've dripped down the side of the line to the t and about from there. All you really have to do is be careful.
3) Also it saved space between the pump and the radiator and all the harddrives and stuff.
Another nice thing is you can try the t and if you don't like it you can put the res back in. booyah!
the it took to bleed a loop using a T is why I went to res which only takes seconds
07-31-06, 10:58 AM
Well actually.. Im technically half and half. I have a res at the top of my loop for filling (bay res) but i made a custom drain at the bottom of my loop cause draining a bay res without spilling is extremely frustrating. I put a t-line adapter at the very bottom of my loop and i put a copper valve on the end of it so to drain it, all i do is open the valve and it drains the entire loop (except for whats left in the res) Much easier.. :) If you wanna see it, search for a thread called My 4$ Home Depot Drain in this section
Had a t-line and now I have a res. The + of a t-line are: its cheap and small.
the - are that it takes a loong time to get rid of all of the bubles and its a pain to bleed. The res + are its really fast to get rid of all of those bubles but the - are: expensive (or you make it on your own) , takes alot of space (in comparison to the t-line). I prefer to use the res because I have enough space to put it in and because it didnt cost me anything to make it and you get rid of that air in your loop really fast.
07-31-06, 05:05 PM
Given that the very effective and easily mounted Swiftech MicroRez is only $15, I don't see cost as being an issue in this debate.
If you're watercooling, $15 is a drop in the bucket and hardly a dealbreaker either way.
I don't know why one wouldn't use a rez.
Bleeding a t-line is a multi-hour procedure (at best) and a rez takes a matter of minutes.
Seems like a no-brainer to me.
07-31-06, 05:22 PM
I have had both and now I use a Swiftech MicroRes. As stated they are small, cheap, bleed fast and are easy to mount. The only way I will go back to a t-line is if this res gives me problems with leaks. JMO
08-01-06, 05:21 AM
... The only way I will go back to a t-line is if this res gives me problems with leaks. JMO That's probably the #1 down-side to a res ...
The reservoir is easier to fill and bleed, but does take up a bit more room. The T-line is cheap and small. Both work, it's a matter of personal preference.
08-01-06, 11:32 AM
it never took me a long time to bleed my t-line system...Obviously you fill it outside of the system and test it for leaks outside of the system before install. Which i tested it for a couple of hours anyway. all did to bleed the air out was pinch the line for a few seconds whenever i was checking for leaks before install. flip the radiator a few times. no biggie. don't you still have to flip the rad a few times on a res system anyway to make sure no bubbles are caught?
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