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Being a beginner in the water-cooling world, I read that it's not advisable to mix metals - meaning one type of metal in the block and another type of metal in the radiator. So with this in mind, how come the Corsair H80/H100 uses copper for the block and aluminium for the radiator? Won't that lead to corrosion?
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I believe it uses copper for the block and copper fins on the radiator that are plated with another metal for corrosion resistance.
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I believe it uses copper for the block and copper fins on the radiator that are plated with another metal for corrosion resistance.

I thought too, until I read this:

http://www.corsair.com/cpu-cooling-kits/hydro-series-water-cooling-cpu-cooler/hydro-series-h80-high-performance-liquid-cpu-cooler.html

"Cold Plate Material - Copper"

"Radiator Material - Aluminum"

I thought this was inadvisable when setting up a water-cooling system? This is quite clearly mixed metals. Maybe Corsair has some way around it, possibly in the coolant they use?
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Originally Posted by aln688 View Post

I thought too, until I read this:
http://www.corsair.com/cpu-cooling-kits/hydro-series-water-cooling-cpu-cooler/hydro-series-h80-high-performance-liquid-cpu-cooler.html
"Cold Plate Material - Copper"
"Radiator Material - Aluminum"
I thought this was inadvisable when setting up a water-cooling system? This is quite clearly mixed metals. Maybe Corsair has some way around it, possibly in the coolant they use?

Most certainly their liquid has an important component of anticorrosive.

Otherwise that radiator would crumble in a couple of years.
   
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Personally I would not worry about the quality of their units unless you plan on customizing it to include additional components. As stated, they use their own anti-corrosive fluid to avoid issues. If they do have issues, leakage, whatever, Corsair has been known to pay for replacement parts that their equipment destroyed.
 
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Personally I would not worry about the quality of their units unless you plan on customizing it to include additional components. As stated, they use their own anti-corrosive fluid to avoid issues. If they do have issues, leakage, whatever, Corsair has been known to pay for replacement parts that their equipment destroyed.

Alright, thanks. No customising, just keeping the H80 or H100 as a backup plan in-case my water-cooling build takes too long. Apart from some people not having the H80\H100 block securely fastened, failed pumps and fan controllers, I like the simplicity of this kit and it seems to handle a 3930K up to 4.5 GHz just fine.
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