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Didn't know what else to call it but basically talking about nickel,copper,acetal etc.

Is there an actual difference between them or is it purely cosmetic?
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post #2 of 18
its to help transfer the heat away from the cores also protects them from damage
Edited by IXcrispyXI - 6/12/11 at 2:11am
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post #3 of 18
What's touching the CPU matters a lot more than the top. The material on the top is mostly cosmetic. I think.
    
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post #4 of 18
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Mattshewster;13842203 
What's touching the CPU matters a lot more than the top. The material on the top is mostly cosmetic. I think.

Which is the best one to get then :?
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post #5 of 18
Nickel plating is used to protect the metals in the loop as it doesn't have any adverse effects on other metals like aluminium does, it also protects the heatsink from said aluminium.

acetal is used because it is more 'leak proof' than acrylic. Acrylic is comparatively much easier to crack.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by [nK]Sharp;13842214 
Which is the best one to get then :?

Best value is usually copper + acetal top.
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post #7 of 18
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Hopefully EK solves their nickel plating issue before I do some WC'ing then redface.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by [nK]Sharp;13842244 
Hopefully EK solves their nickel plating issue before I do some WC'ing then redface.gif

wink.gif Its made me decide not to go into water cooling until they solve the problem.
post #9 of 18
copper works the best but oxidizes over time from oxygen in the air therefor losing its heat absorption ratio . Aluminum doesn't and does 80% as good as job
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post #10 of 18
Copper does oxidise and I have a Heatkiller that has the baseplate almost completely oxidised in the channels. It makes no measurable difference to temps.

Don't even think about putting aluminium in your loop without carefully considering how you're going to combat galvanic corrosion.
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