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Doomed with my EK Blocks?

post #1 of 8
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As it stands, I've had my rig cooled with an EK HF Supreme Nickel/Acetal CPU block and 2x Nickel/Acetal 580 blocks since January (This was before the stamped their "EN" on the box). The rig has been running 24/7 since then. It has 2 drops of PT Nuke still running in it from Jan., as well as a silver kill coil lodged in one of the tubes. My EK Bay-Spin Reservoir shows NO signs of cloudy water, nor do I see any "floaties" milling about.

I'm well aware of the problem many have been having with EK's blocks. My question is...am I doomed to eventually experience corrosion that's completely inevitable with the "old batch" that I apparently have, or is there a chance the plating on my blocks weren't faulty, and I should be good for the long run? I'd also like to note that my temps have been consistent since day one when in idle and under heavy loads. I've also yet to take my blocks apart to inspect for any markings or corrosion (I'll deal with that pain in the ass for my Ivy Bridge build next year).

Any input would be greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 8
No way to say for sure, all I can tell you is that you should tear down your loop within 1-2 months and open up all the blocks and check for any corroded nickel.
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post #3 of 8
The consensus around these parts are that the Non-EN blocks have only a chance to corrode. Squeaky wheel gets the grease, you only hear about the problems, but there is no doubt that there is a problem.
post #4 of 8
I'm using an old nickel block with absolutely no corrosion. I'm also the second owner of the block. If I remember right, original owner was using a kill coil in his loop, but I'm only using PT Nuke. Seems to just be a luck (or un-luck) of the draw scenario.

Also, corrosion won't affect temps at all. The corrosion strips the nickel plating off, exposing the copper underneath. The nickel is only an aesthetic feature, and the copper is really doing all the heat exchange.
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post #5 of 8
Yeah, the nickle is there to look pretty, if it is a bad block, you may need to flush it more to get rid of flaked nickle. That's it. The block won't look as pretty, but it certainly won't work any worse.
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post #6 of 8
The thing people don't seem to realise is that the blocks are still made of copper. Nickel is just the coating.
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post #7 of 8
Unless your dialysis device is attached directly to water circuit in your PC, I'd say doomed is a bit strong word
As long as you are going by the book, you will be safe. With any brand!
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post #8 of 8
Another bad thread title about EK

The simple thing to do is drain the loop check the blocks, as the issues with thwm seemed to occure in 2-3 months you should see if there is a problem, if you see nothing there is no problem
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