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May I ask what is wrong with Dyed Water cooling?

Yes I am a bit of a n00b :/
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nothing is wrong with it. ive been using it for over 2 years and it works fine. i think some people have issues with the dye splitting from the water and clogging up the waterblocks, but as far as i know thats only with the dye additives, if you buy the coolant already coloured then it is fine
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Considering that the dyes typically start out as some kind of water soluble powder or something similar (this would be before the end user gets it), I've always been doubtful that the separation is actually that, it has always seemed as though something else is happening. What exactly I can't say, there are too many variables. I have a theory that it could have to do with compounds in the fluids interacting with compounds in the tubes.
    
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Originally Posted by Jcoast View Post
May I ask what is wrong with Dyed Water cooling?

Yes I am a bit of a n00b :/
Dyed coolant has the possibility of separating over time which causes it to build up in areas of high restriction. (Read: CPU blocks/GPU blocks) I've read differing theories on how this happens exactly, and the most common is that it is caused by a shearing of the water by most commonly used pumps in use today. (It "cuts" the water to move it.) I've personally had "pre-mixed" coolant gunk up a waterblock, and I'm sure you can find many other horror stories all over these boards and others. (Feser One has been notorious for this.)
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i am using a car coolant for two years now. they are cheap too. and I think they are somehow non conductive. I had a failed loop last week for my temporary set-up, and the coolant spilled over the mobo, sound card, psu, and video card. They are all wet and I did not see any sparks.

lucky me. that is my sig rig, they, and I am still using it now
    
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Block gunking and staining seems to happen frequently with pre mixed and additive added dyes. There really is no reason to add dye unless you really want to pre mixed coolants offer no better performace and in some cases are even worse than water and are much more expensive. Some people have luck with dye additives or mixed coolants but paying 18$ + shipping for coolant seems like a waste when you can grab an 8$ kill coil that wont have to be replaced for a long time and some distilled water from the local grocery store for 2$ a gallon so you easily get 10+ fills for the same amount of money.
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Any form of coloring is an additive to the fluid and therefore over time can settle out of suspension and "gunk" up your blocks where they have small flow areas like the micro fins in an EK Supreme HF. Doesn't matter if it is added after the fact or comes from the factory that way, pigment is a solid floating in liquid.

That said, if you really want to color your water, go for it but be prepared to have to clean your components and realize that any non-opaque items in your loop like clear tube or your res will probably get stained over time.

Pure distilled water is by far the best coolant as has been tested time after time by Skinnee, Martin, and the other greats. Anything you add to the water starts to lower the thermal efficiency in exchange for another function such as anti-corrosive or biocide.

I would tell you colored tubing is a much easier way to go as you don't have to touch your blocks or loop for cleaning but if that isn't a big deal to you then go for it on the color.
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The issue is that dye has been added to the cooling liquid, premixed or not, and that then creates a risk and possibility of such dyes separating and clogging, and or staining, components without any benefits to the actual cooling of the system. It is really not worth the risk of cleanup or damage.

I know this has been said many times on this forum, sorry for repeating it again: if one wants color, the safest route is to go with colored tube.
Edited by svthomas - 5/23/11 at 8:42am
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