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So i ordered a CPU waterblock for my brothers 2600k build we done around 3-4 weeks ago. When it arrived it seemed weird how the documents inside were dated march 2011 yet EN plating didnt come round until like 2 months back?

Anyway i fitted the waterblock and used distilled water only after ive had pre-mixes go bad on me in the past.

I took the side panel off today to dust the pc out with an air compressor and noticed that the cpu block has basically made itself into a copper block within 3 weeks.....Impressive i thought i bought a nickel one.



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Now it seems to me that EK have just bought a load of stickers and started sticking them on old nickel products as they know no one will ever buy them again.

To have this happen to me in 3 weeks just seems like EK are pushing out some bad quality products also the mosfet cooler on there also has places where rust or whatever it is... is coming through the nickel

I bought it direct from EK so sending it back on RMA would be more on postage than it is worth...

Anyway i have a newer dated block on there now was only dated last month came from specialtech lets see how long it lasts...
Edited by 33B - 10/15/11 at 3:58pm
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Should be interesting to see what the EK boys have to say for them selves.. There are a few of them on this forum.

Edit: Just checked my GTX570 Block documentation and it also says it was made March 25 2011.

It is also an EN nickel, But has an acetal top.. I think when my new case arrives next week i will take the acetel top off and inspect the insides just to make sure there is no corrosion.. If so, I will be incredibly disappointed..
Edited by gumbie - 10/15/11 at 9:47am
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33B, before you drop conclusions, fill out an RMA and see if they ask you to try and clean the block. As much crap as I went though with EK back in may/june, they have proven that some blocks are nothing more than dirty, not corroded. Based on the dates, you may have a case of corrosion however. Their RMA process is very easy and free.
 
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33B, before you drop conclusions, fill out an RMA and see if they ask you to try and clean the block. As much crap as I went though with EK back in may/june, they have proven that some blocks are nothing more than dirty, not corroded. Based on the dates, you may have a case of corrosion however. Their RMA process is very easy and free.
Its not really a conclusion as its sat in front of me peeling is it? Its more fact.

The EN was suppose to fix the issues so to send me out just a nickel block with some EN sticker on the box is against the law as its misleading?
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It is misleading and you probably have a case. I still suggest going through their RMA process. It's pretty painless and should be free.
 
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So how can i try and clean it as the last block i cleaned was an XSPC one and i bent all the little coppers pins inside with a tooth brush :s

what can i bath it in?
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I'm sorry this happened to you. Hope you get stuff sorted out soon. Another member here got his EK EN block all messed to.
I might be the next person to report corrosion for my block...i own a EN Plexi motherboard block. This is horrible to hear.
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So how can i try and clean it as the last block i cleaned was an XSPC one and i bent all the little coppers pins inside with a tooth brush :s

what can i bath it in?
According to EK's website, don't clean unless they tell you to. I would hate for you to improperly clean it and cause damage to the fins or plating!
 
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So how can i try and clean it as the last block i cleaned was an XSPC one and i bent all the little coppers pins inside with a tooth brush :s

what can i bath it in?
Your actual plating is flaking, unless you take the coating off wouldn't it continue to flake?

You really can't clean it because its showing the bare copper, unless you mean blasting the coating off...
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Yet people still continue to buy EK. They may have fixed it, maybe not. I'm not going to take my time and money to find out. Plenty of other quality companies out there.

Although I also did see some people freaking out when their blocks just needed to be cleaned.
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