Prototype Free Flow CPU Pump Block

THeRoSSMaCHiNE

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Sep 25, 2019
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Looking forward to an approved prototype hitting Optimum Tech's desk. Just watched the original T1 prototype vid again (cause I can't wait for that to release) and didn't realise this gem was hidden away at the end of that. Keenly anticipating the release of both
 

duynguyenle

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Aug 20, 2019
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Saw this press release from BarrowCH earlier


It looks much too tall for most SFF cases, but if you have the height available, this may be a decent alternative to the Apogee Drive 2 which is always out of stock.

I'm still waiting to see if this Freeflow project becomes reality due to the much lower height
 

Unofficial

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Saw this press release from BarrowCH earlier


It looks much too tall for most SFF cases, but if you have the height available, this may be a decent alternative to the Apogee Drive 2 which is always out of stock.

I'm still waiting to see if this Freeflow project becomes reality due to the much lower height

The product listing on aliexpress for this has the dimensions. This one is simply too tall.


Really looking forward to see how this project develops because a lot of manufacturers just don't seem to be interested in making low profile pump+block combos.
Perhaps it's cheaper to manufacture, perhaps it's better performing.
 
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Phreno

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The product listing on aliexpress for this has the dimensions. This one is simply too tall.


Really looking forward to see how this project develops because a lot of manufacturers just don't seem to be interested in making low profile pump+block combos.
Perhaps it's cheaper to manufacture, perhaps it's better performing.

That's the version with flowmeter wich is useless inside a sff. there's another version without flowmeter.

 
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fabio

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That's the version with flowmeter wich is useless inside a sff. there's another version without flowmeter.

But still, even if you remove the 10mm of the pump sticking out, you only have left 16mm to the 70mm limits of a lot of ITX case.
This is basically meant for the NON Sandwich style ITX case I guess.
 
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Phreno

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But still, even if you remove the 10mm of the pump sticking out, you only have left 16mm to the 70mm limits of a lot of ITX case.
This is basically meant for the NON Sandwich style ITX case I guess.

You're right . on this barrow i like the integrated reservoir and the third "fill" hole,but this come at a cost of increased height and therefore is not suitable for a sandwich layout case.

i'm considering buying this one for my M1, but i'll wait a couple more months to see how this project goes.
 
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Valantar

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It's a shame Barrow doesn't list the height to the ports, as that is IMO more interesting than the pump height. Most fittings would likely end up sticking out past the pump even on the version with the flow meter. Guess someone with some CNC chops could make a modified port block with side ports for this? Still, I want a FreeFlo.
 
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Phreno

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It's a shame Barrow doesn't list the height to the ports, as that is IMO more interesting than the pump height. Most fittings would likely end up sticking out past the pump even on the version with the flow meter. Guess someone with some CNC chops could make a modified port block with side ports for this? Still, I want a FreeFlo.


@August did some tricks and found the port height is around 53mm

we are discussing here: https://smallformfactor.net/forum/threads/new-chinese-cpu-waterblock-pump-barrow.14334/post-211692
 

ToWi1989

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Aug 26, 2020
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Ive been eagerly waiting, but all the custom block projects seem to take ages to lift off. Ive also (more or less) finished a design of my own. It'll be more specific for AMD AM4, with the in/out above and below the socket, in between the mounting screws. Got my first quotes and was shocked by the pricing. 340 euros for the copped base, 120 for the acetal top. And you still need a 40 euro cold plate, some diy o rings, and preferably get the copper nickel plated. Will be checking different cnc companies now...
 

duynguyenle

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Ive been eagerly waiting, but all the custom block projects seem to take ages to lift off. Ive also (more or less) finished a design of my own. It'll be more specific for AMD AM4, with the in/out above and below the socket, in between the mounting screws. Got my first quotes and was shocked by the pricing. 340 euros for the copped base, 120 for the acetal top. And you still need a 40 euro cold plate, some diy o rings, and preferably get the copper nickel plated. Will be checking different cnc companies now...

Unless you're making a large batch of like 100-200 units, it's always gonna be very expensive to get a one-off CNC piece.
 
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ToWi1989

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This was based on a batch of 10 parts, after that the price drop was very minimal. Whenever the design is truely finished I might check for interest on the forums.
 

DrHudacris

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This was based on a batch of 10 parts, after that the price drop was very minimal. Whenever the design is truely finished I might check for interest on the forums.
Unless you can stand to lose 3-400 euro on your block, I'm a hard pass at that price... Design might be affecting the manufacturing cost?