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I've been reading a lot of posts recently about corrosion of CPU and GPU blocks, I'm just about to put my first water cooled system together using Koolance blocks, the CPU-370 and VID-NX580, there are a couple of posts her about corrosion of these too.

Is there any millage in using a combination of corrosion inhibitor, biocide and a kill coil all in the same loop, just for added protection, or shall I go for the Koolance own brand of cooling fluids?

http://www.koolance.com/water-coolin...product_id=553
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Block corrosion hysteria has taken over the water cooling forum. I think there are way too many false positives being posted, and people are piling on the band wagon without any real diagnosis. But you asked about coolant. Coolant is a bad word in this forum too. Supposedly it funks up your microfins and robs you of performance. And yet many water block and pump manufacturers recommend coolant. Maybe they are greedy and are trying to sell coolant, or maybe it's just safer to use coolant since every loop environment is diffrent and you might not be able to get by with just distilled and your Jesus Piece in the reservoir. I tried coolant and didn't have problems (swiftech hydraX), but switched to distilled to see any temp differences (none that I noticed). I think for my next build I am going to try the EK coolant. If my EK blocks do corrode, I imagine using their coolant wont hurt my RMA chances. I would try not to mix too many additives unless I was positive there would not be some unforeseen interactions between them.
Edited by CesarNYC - 10/20/11 at 1:43am
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Originally Posted by sniffsunderclouds View Post
Is there any millage in using a combination of corrosion inhibitor, biocide and a kill coil all in the same loop, just for added protection, ....
Car antifreeze itself (based on ethylene glycol!) mixed with distilled in 1:10 ratio will provide all features you listed.
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To maintain warrany on Koolance parts it is best to use thier "Authorized" coolant:

"Use of unauthorized replacement parts or liquids will void this warranty."

Taken from:

http://www.koolance.com/support/rma/...lwarranty.html

I am using thier red coolant. I just did a 5 month tear down to RMA some QDC parts and things all look fine in my blocks. Due to the dye the inside of my clear tubing is getting stained but since red is just going back in that doesn't matter to me.

I do find that there is a very thin film on the surfaces that the coolant touches but it is not thick, goopy, or "clogging". I have not asked directly what this may be but my guess would be corrosion inhibitors. This film easily wipes off my res window and the other surfaces I decided to clean.

Hope that helps
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Tuthsok View Post
To maintain warrany on Koolance parts it is best to use thier "Authorized" coolant:
You can always lie. You would not be the only one
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Originally Posted by Tuthsok View Post
To maintain warrany on Koolance parts it is best to use thier "Authorized" coolant:

"Use of unauthorized replacement parts or liquids will void this warranty."
Hmm that what I was thinking, I hadn't read the warranty info though. I was considering using this:

http://www.koolance.com/water-coolin...product_id=553

Although I do have two 5 x litres of Mayhems Ultra Pure H20 Water sitting in the garage but I could use these for flushing and cleaning, I think the shelf life is quite long.
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I've been using both the CPU-370 and (2) NX580's and haven't run into any problems using distilled + kill coil. Been running the cpu block for about 5 months, gpu blocks about 3.

Edit: Not sure how well the Koolance coolant works, but I still wouldn't get anything colored. Havent heard anything about the colorless though either. If it's recommended by Koolance though for their own blocks, I can't imagine it'd be that bad. If you have the money, I guess you could try it out..
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Quote:
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I've been using both the CPU-370 and (2) NX580's and haven't run into any problems using distilled + kill coil. Been running the cpu block for about 5 months, gpu blocks about 3.
Did you open and inspect them?
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Did you open and inspect them?
One week ago I decided to when I was changing some tubing around. No visible problems. Although I think it might take a couple more months before seeing anything. Atleast that was the case when I had my EK blocks. Ran a killcoil/distilled and didn't see anything until about 6 months.
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Hmm that what I was thinking, I hadn't read the warranty info though. I was considering using this:

http://www.koolance.com/water-coolin...product_id=553

Although I do have two 5 x litres of Mayhems Ultra Pure H20 Water sitting in the garage but I could use these for flushing and cleaning, I think the shelf life is quite long.
Main reason I was recommending Koolance coolant over distilled and silver coil in your case (having the Koolance blocks) is that apparently distilled and silver will void warranty according to this thread:

http://www.overclock.net/water-cooli...-months-3.html

I purchased all my loop components (aside from stock eVGA vid blocks) from Koolance for a CPU loop originaly. Since this is my first go at water cooling I decided to go with their coolant so that if anything did go wrong there would be no question about voiding warranties due to "unauthorized liquids"

But if you want the best answer on what will void a warranty give Koolance a shout (phone or email).

EDIT: LOL I spoke too soon

Looks like later in the thread the OP did get some positive movement from Koolance on the void due to unauthorized liquid issue.

http://www.overclock.net/water-cooli...-months-6.html

May still be safer to fire a quick email off to them to be sure.

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Edited by Tuthsok - 10/20/11 at 2:11pm
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