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This is why i use copper...
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Originally Posted by OC'ing Noob View Post
I think there is some confusion here? He did not re-plate the block for testing. The independent testing was for an EK plated EK block, not an RRTech plated EK block. He did not replate it and then test it again either. Again, the test was purely and simply for a non plated EK CPU block and an EK plated EK GPU block. You can find more information about it here.

Yes, he does offer plating services for people. As far as I know, he has not offered to replate any EK blocks free of charge, neither has that been announced on his website that I found. As for comparing plating, of course he would use his plated blocks. That is a plating services he offers and can speak for. He is not a Koolance rep, so it would be strange for him to offer another plating as comparison when he knows more about his own.
Sorry, that was my mistake . I didn't follow the whole process diligently. I know at one point his plan was to replate the GPU block for a comparison and possibly a retest.

I mentioned Koolance as an example for another manufacturer that hasn't encountered this problem. It would completely remove any bias, but since he never tested his blocks it doesn't really matter.

In the end it seems that poor machining, prep work, and plating execution led to the problem rather than the fundamental process. I'll be willing to donate for the next go around of lab testing but it seems a good visual inspection would do more good.
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Sorry, that was my mistake . I didn't follow the whole process diligently. I know at one point his plan was to replate the GPU block for a comparison and possibly a retest.

I mentioned Koolance as an example for another manufacturer that hasn't encountered this problem. It would completely remove any bias, but since he never tested his blocks it doesn't really matter.

In the end it seems that poor machining, prep work, and plating execution led to the problem rather than the fundamental process. I'll be willing to donate for the next go around of lab testing but it seems a good visual inspection would do more good.
No problem! Glad we got all that cleared up. As much as a douche RRTech can be to people sometimes, he does good in the world of water cooling and his aim is legitimate. I would hate to see someone reference either you or him with misinformation.

EK seems to have a lot of a QC and manufacturing sloppiness, which is a huge contrast for their design and performance work. Maybe it's to cut expenses, maybe it's to cut time. Who knows? Either way though, if EK doesn't get its act together and man up to its mistakes in a faster, more credible fashion, they will lose even more customers.
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Uh... you should do a bit research about that buddy. One member already in high standings on the site, offered to perform informal testing for free. In order to also perform a lab certified testing, RRTech raised money through donations on the site to perform those tests. The outside lab certified testing concluded that EK was not using poor quality raw materials, but at the same time the milling was poor (partially caused by hardness of raw materials), meaning the issue is caused by some sort of improper plating, which was also porous to the naked eye. Also, RRTech's site is privately maintained and without ads or censorship, meaning he pays for any remaining expenses out of his own pocket.
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This thread confuses me. People recommending Koolance products after all their mix-matched galvanic corrosion kits and radiators and people who would even choose Nickel over Copper in the first place. Is there something I'm not understanding?
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This thread confuses me. People recommending Koolance products after all their mix-matched galvanic corrosion kits and radiators and people who would even choose Nickel over Copper in the first place. Is there something I'm not understanding?
Well... Koolance does have a sordid past in terms of selling aluminum radiators with their copper blocks. However, they have also long since stopped doing that when they started listening to feedback from their customers. They have a lot of high quality parts now.

Nickel, while inferior to plain copper for thermal conductivity, is only marginally inferior in performance and, for most people, looks a lot better. It also tarnishes a lot faster. If I leave a copper block unsealed for a few days, it looks dull and ugly. That being said, I personally prefer using copper components and have never actually used a nickel plated one.
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Kudos to EK.

*goes back to looking for copper blocks*
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