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Hi guys,

Simple question: from your experience, which rad has least amount of flux and other gunk when it just new and thus require least cleaning before use?

I had Thermochill 120.3 for a year and even with thorough cleaning in the beginning, it has put thin flux dust inside whole system - tubes, pump, blocks, etc. Surprisingly, performance hadn't decreased much - probably because block's micro-channels weren't blocked. I've tried to clean this rad again - it has spent all night filled with 10% hydrochloric acid, 2 hours rinsing - still, I can see it's not clean inside and some gunk keeps coming out.

P.S. As my setup is running low speed fans, I would prefer to stay with low fins/inch count.

Thanks in advance!
Edited by tarnumf - 5/26/11 at 6:19pm
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post #2 of 15
RX series gets my vote, for low speed fans.

My RX480 had very little flux in it, was clear after 2 rinses with distilled. To this day (4/5 months down the line (ish?)), my res is clear as day.

I think it can differ quite widely, and randomly too, as of course, it's all a part of manufacturing.
    
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I think it can differ quite widely, and randomly too, as of course, it's all a part of manufacturing.
This.

My RX120 was pretty clean too, only took a few rinses.

My BIX 1 STILL has flux in it, although I no longer use it.

My MCR120 almost didn't need rinsing, it was pretty much clean after one flush.

The old PA rads were known for having a lot of flux in them, I thought that they fixed that with the newer PA rads (15mm spacing) and the TA rads, apparently not completely.
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TC PA series is notorious for large amount of flux and requires proper cleaning,any RAD you get should be clean before you use it but PA was just bad ,i have 3 different RAD's as of now
XSPC,EK,HWL and i would say they all have flux and other crap in them
there is nothing like hot water+vinegar for PA
Lemon juice is good

EDIT ; TA series supposed to be different story
Edited by coolhandluke41 - 5/26/11 at 6:41pm
    
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Thank you all!
Think I'll try my luck with RX360 now..
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I've said it in other threads, but my EK 360 was relatively clean. The BlackIce Stealth 120 had a hell of a lot more crap come out of it.
 
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post #7 of 15
My Phobya Extreme 200 and Quad 480 radiators were both very clean when I got them.

My Swiftech MCR220 was pretty much the exact opposite of clean on the inside when I got it, but hey, for the price I wasn't expecting much.
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Quote:
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My Swiftech MCR220 was pretty much the exact opposite of clean on the inside when I got it, but hey, for the price I wasn't expecting much.
See that is interesting, as my MCR120 was pretty much spotless; I literally rinsed it once with water / vinegar and the liquid came out clear. Just goes to show that it is very random, although some manufacturing processes seem to be worse than others (PA rads).

And yes, got to love the price of the MCR rads. Two 220s and a 120 going into my next build for that reason alone.
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Definitly not the Phobya 1080 , I think it took me at least an hour and a half to flush it out with HOT distilled water (140f) and vinegar. Even after all that I still noticed some flux in my reservoir
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by coolhandluke41 View Post
TC PA series is notorious for large amount of flux and requires proper cleaning,any RAD you get should be clean before you use it but PA was just bad ,i have 3 different RAD's as of now
XSPC,EK,HWL and i would say they all have flux and other crap in them
there is nothing like hot water+vinegar for PA
Lemon juice is good

EDIT ; TA series supposed to be different story
Thanks for this info! I will be flushing my rad when I get it. With one of your methods! +rep
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