EK-XTOP Dual DDC 3.2 PWM (incl. 2x pump) failing??

Discussion in 'Overclocking & Cooling' started by MaelstromOC, Feb 3, 2019.

  1. MaelstromOC

    MaelstromOC Limp Gawd

    Feb 28, 2009
    I'm posting this for a friend of mine. I put together a pc for him a few years ago and it included the EK XTOP Dual DDC pumps with the dual top. Around a year ago, one of them began making a clicking sound, so he decided to replace them with new pumps. Now, not even a year later, both new pumps are clicking in the same manner again.

    This is the first real water cooling loop I've built for someone and I really don't know what could be going wrong with the pumps. They're ran at around 40% all the time (He has 2x 480 Black ICE SR2 rads in the loop cooling his 5960x cpu and a single GTX 980, overkill I know lol.)

    What I'm wanting to know is what could be making the pumps fail like they are? We used premixed coolant that is fine for the loop, they weren't ran dry, the res feeds the pumps from above, and the pumps are below everything else in the entire loop.

    When I checked out his previous failed pump, you could see some marring where the impeller appeared to be making contact with the bowl it sits in on the pump. There was definitely a difference in how it felt to spin that impeller vs. the new ones that we received.

    Is it possible they may just need cleaning? His loop seems to be very clean without buildup in the coolant, so I'm kind of at a loss here and I don't want him wasting any more money if I'm doing something wrong and it's making them fail so quickly.
  2. alxlwson

    alxlwson You Know Where I Live

    Aug 25, 2013

    It is very easy to over tighten the pumps and cause an issue where the impeller will hit the bowl. I had the same issue with mine a few years ago.

    Also, do you have the heatsinks for the DDC pumps? They need to be cooled
  3. JRZoid

    JRZoid n00b

    Feb 1, 2019
    Pump Quality is all over the Place...I'm waiting on a cheap but nicer Pump from china. 800L/Hr.

    Do I need water no...You can do GREAT on Air anymore.

    Water and the Loop is just that cool Custom Aspect.