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post #21 of 35
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Originally Posted by DirectOverkill View Post
Erm, that guy already states in the first sentence that he used his aluminum aquatube without any anti corrosion additives for a few years. So no big deal that it looks like this now

The block with copper is noting special since there is no kind of plating or whatever. It is just pure copper and would have been the same problem with every other block. No idea what he did there with his setup.

The only guy with a nickel plated block was offered an exchange.
post #22 of 35
Irrelevant. Point is, these issues do occur with other brands as well.
But, thank you for clearing that.
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Irrelevant. Point is, these issues do occur with other brands as well.
But, thank you for clearing that.
More like all other products coincide with the laws of physics.
    
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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.
Just want to clear this up. The guys at RRTech found nothing wrong with the plating process itself or any of the materials involved. What EK did wrong was apparently improper preparation of surfaces before plating. This is speculated to be due to their haste in trying to get products out the door faster. Poor surface preparation (due to poor machining) could lead to high plating porosity, which would create the problems that have been seen, especially when combined with an improper plating process. Metallurgical analysis has shown zero problems with the quality of the materials involved, which leaves manufacturing the only remaining culprit, and it's probably what was speculated by the guys at RRTech, which means a myriad of potential problems in the manufacturing process.
post #25 of 35
The copper was fine its just the plating prep job was somewhat messed up....... and mind you they dont prep and plate their own product it is contracted to other.
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The day I buy another EK product is the day Danger Den, Koolance, BP, Aquacomputer, and Mips all go out of business at once.
 
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You mean the apocalypse?
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post #28 of 35
Frozencpu has EK Nickel products back in stock as of today. Anyone know if these are ok to buy? I know frozencpu stopped selling the ek nickel products shortly after ek made there official statement. Spite what has happened, ek still makes the best looking blocks. I wont buy them if they are going to corrode or "flake" though.

edit: nvm, they only got one in stock and I beleive it is an older model not revised. Just read that ek is going to continue to sell the "old" nickel products until they are sold out.
Edited by AliceInChains - 7/23/11 at 7:08pm
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post #29 of 35
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Frozencpu has EK Nickel products back in stock as of today. Anyone know if these are ok to buy? I know frozencpu stopped selling the ek nickel products shortly after ek made there official statement. Spite what has happened, ek still makes the best looking blocks. I wont buy them if they are going to corrode or "flake" though.

edit: nvm, they only got one in stock and I beleive it is an older model not revised. Just read that ek is going to continue to sell the "old" nickel products until they are sold out.
I really dont see the better looking products coming from EK.

How does this.



beat this ?



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post #30 of 35
Tastes vary. I personally really like the clean, industrial, unornamented look of EK blocks. Other manufacturers' blocks IMO look too "designed".

I very much do not like the disdainful approach EK has demonstrated towards their customers, however. But I'm not dead-set against buying from them in the future if they clean up their act.
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