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post #1 of 35
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Check these links from EK's own online store. Notice the statement in the overview section "Due to superior nickel plating method and corrosion resistance, the waterblock may loose brightness over time and become of a bit duller tone."

Links:
FC580 GTX +

Regular
http://www.ekwaterblocks.com/shop/bl...tx-nickel.html

Improved
http://www.ekwaterblocks.com/shop/bl...en-nickel.html

Supreme HF

Regular
http://www.ekwaterblocks.com/shop/bl...hf-nickel.html

Improved
http://www.ekwaterblocks.com/shop/bl...en-nickel.html

Looks like the Designation "EN" indicates a fixed model hopefully.
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post #2 of 35
hmmmm. Interesting
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post #3 of 35
Yes. Interesting indeed.
I always loved the look of EK Blocks, SLI/CFX bridges, backplates, etc, etc. Sexy!
I just bought Koolance NX580 blocks which i think are not as nice. Darn should of waited. Oh well.
Thanks for the post.
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post #4 of 35
The problem has not been resolved. We will need to see proven performance for a given period of time before any of us can use EK nickel.
I find it strange that Aqua and BP have had no issues.......
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post #5 of 35
Aqua and BP both used decent platers, EK tried to cut plating costs (or got swindled with bad copper depending which test you believe), which caused their troubles.
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post #6 of 35
Dirty money suckers, Of course they would charge more for the "fixed" product.
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post #7 of 35
If this is a superior plating process, why would the nickel dull over time? Notice they also added the comment about fittings. I wonder if they will deny RMA requests when using non-EK fittings...
 
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post #8 of 35
Guess time will tell.
Someone is just gonna have to buy these "new/EN" nickel blocks and test them if they don't corrode.
I still have old nickel blocks for my unused 6970's, i wonder if EK will replace them with these new ones? I'll test them myself. hahaha!
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post #9 of 35
Interesting indeed, but like others have said above I want to see some testing done on these blocks.

Oh and for those wondering, this is what the EN stands for.

I like this advantage listed on the Wiki: Even coating on parts surface can be achieved

But EK will charge more since one of the main disadvantages is how quickly the chemicals are used up in the process.
Edited by SecrtAgentMan - 7/19/11 at 3:41pm
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post #10 of 35
I'll bite, I might pick these up for my next build
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