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Tygon neoprene

vs

Regular...

?
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That's Norprene, not Neoprene, they're two entirely different things. I swear by Norprene tubing, it's basically the lowest maintenance tubing you can get. It's plasticizer free, and as long as you're using thick walled (3/8" ID 5/8" OD or 1/2" ID 3/4" OD) it's very workable bend radius. It also is far less porous than your typical tubing, which means you'll lose far less coolant to osmosis, giving you much longer between needing to top-up. After just over 1 year of constant use, my Q9550 rig finally dropped enough water level for me to notice, aproximately 1/8" in the reservoir. This is the same tubing that gets used in the closed-loop coolers, for the same reasons.

It's not the prettiest tubing, and so a lot of people here go with something else for the bling factor, but if you're building a loop that you don't want to have to mess with, norprene can't be beat.
Edited by bakageta - 2/8/12 at 8:41pm
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^ Indeed. Aquatuning's information on it also says it can be heat-fused into any shape, though I'd have to actually see that to buy into it. tongue.gif
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Thanks for the info!

Norprene it is!
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Giggled at the thought of using my diving suit to fashion hoses for ultimate performance.

Yeah norprene is supposed to be unreal. I'll be using it when I rebuild with an Ivy Bridge inside a CaseLabs TH10:D
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I haven't tried to heat-form it, I run 1/2" ID 3/4" OD and haven't had any issues with it being overly prone to kinking. I did make the mistake of ordering 1/2" ID 5/8" OD once, and it was all but useless for anything outside of straight runs. If you're really concerned about bend radius (like straight barbs going VRM > CPU > Northbridge or similar), 3/8" ID 5/8" OD might be the best size to consider.
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