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I have the fan controller guys, and thank you Agenesis. What is the difference between barbs and compressors?
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Barbs-
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you will see g1/4 and g3/8. That is simply the thread size. What size barbs you get will depict on what size tubing you would want.
bitspower, enzotech,koolance are all good brans


Compression fittings- Makes you loop look cleaner.
wc-1057-1.jpg
Has two parts the barb and a collar. The collar goes on the tubing first. Then mount the tubing on the barb. Screw down collar all the way. make sure to get the same id and od fittings as your tubing

Basically, compression fitting make the loop look better in my opinion, barbs are much cheaper but for most setups you have to use zipties or clamps to make sure the tubing stays on the fitting, which looks tacky to me. Its really personal style and price preference. Also, I would recommend EK blocks as well thumb.gif
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I have the fan controller guys, and thank you Agenesis. What is the difference between barbs and compressors?

compression fittings look real nice but there gonna cost alot more. Barbs will only cost a few bucks each. I use barbs and i'm happy with them. I might consider compressions one day but I rather buy some other computer parts first.
     
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Installed, barbs look like this:

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Compression fittings look like this:

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You decide which one you prefer (taking price into account). Compressions can run you up to 15 bucks (if youre getting angled rotary etc) whereas you can usually get barbs for a few bucks or even included with your block.
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Compression fittings also provide a much tighter seal. It's impossible to have a leak with them unless the fitting itself is defective or the tubing isn't properly inserted.
    
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I have the fan controller guys, and thank you Agenesis. What is the difference between barbs and compressors?

In a nutshell, a compression fitting is just an all in one alternative solution to barb + clamps. It looks nicer, easier to disassemble and manage, but often 2~4x the cost of a barb.

A compression fitting functions much like a bottle cap on a water bottle, you only have to twist the ends to secure the tubing, where a barb/camp acts like a ring on a finger to secure the tubing. In the end if you get some nice looking clamps like the koolance ones I linked then you'll have just as a clean look as compressions.
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