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post #1 of 21
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I have recently just purchased ek supreme hf full nickel CPU block (not the EN) version.

What worries me is that I have stumbled across disturbing problems in forums that occur with nickel blocks only after I purchase. What is worse is that mine is not even the EN version that is supposedly to fix the problem. 

Does the current stock ek supreme hf full nickel CPU block (not the EN) version still have the same problem?

My initial plan was to use distiller water + PT nuke as this is what lots of people have been recommending. But from what I have read, PT Nuke and silver coil is a big no for nickel plating.
So if I were to use EK-Ekoolant CLEAR on the cpu block ek supreme hf full nickel it won't have corrosion and flaking occurring ?
( I have seen and read premix coolant with colour can cause gunks and stain. Will the ekoolant CLEAR happen too? )

This is my 1st water-cooling setup, hope everything can go smoothly.
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post #2 of 21
All new EK block bought at authorized retailers are free of plating defects and will not have the problem. As for what coolant to use, by using their coolant you are protecting yourself if something goes wrong with your block. Clear ekoolant should be fine. All colored coolant can cause stain and gunks. It's a possibility not a certainty. Dyes will stain though that's for sure.

As long as you check your system, flush it once or twice a year and put back some new coolant, you'll be fine.
post #3 of 21
It depends on what you purchased, did the sale specifically say EN version? If so you should be able to get an exchange since it was false advertising, if not give EK a call and see if they will exchange them out for you. I wouldn't attempt to use a non-EN version, I'm not that type of gambler! I'll probably just go with Koolance anyhow this next time.
post #4 of 21
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I bought mine from the official online ekwaterblock store, saw it on discount so I bought it.
There was no false advertisement involved. I did not know the EN version had much difference until I found out about the nickel problem

Since ek themselves reconmmend using coolant that has anti corrosive, I thought I should give their product a try since it has both anti corrosive and anti algae.

What really worries me is that many people discourage the use of premix coolants. But I am not sure are they only talking about premix coolant with color or any premix kind of coolant will have problems.
Any body here has tried it before? I am afraid the coolant might damage my reservoir overtime.
I will be using danger den monsoon dual bay res.
Edited by vkvkvvk - 3/26/12 at 3:57am
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post #5 of 21
people discourage premixes because they are way overpriced, unnecessary (unless using nickel) and the small possibility of getting breakdown/gunking in your cpu block, which simply means more time cleaning it next time you break it down.

But if you are using nickel, you have less risk using anticorrosives than not.

But if you are not using the EN nickel, people had flaking/corrosion even using anticorrosives, so you will still have some risk of nickel issues.

But with nickel your best bet is premix from same manufacturer to keep warranty when your nickel starts to have issues.
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post #6 of 21
My nickel block is flaking even now, it's almost all shiny copper now! I don't see why I should even go through the trouble when I'm about ready to upgrade this year anyway, it's not like the nickel flaking is going to hurt anything. My temps are the same as they were when I first installed them, Real Temp will shutdown my computer if either CPU of GPU reaches 10C over a set limit. Like I said earlier I wouldn't use nickel products that aren't EN even with EK's coolant, your playing Russian Rulet.
post #7 of 21
I have both the old non EN Supreme HF block and the EN FC 480 block for my GPU. I can see crap floating in my loop which seems like maybe the FC block is flaking. The older one is fine. I will take it apart when I upgrade my loop. I won't be happy if the EN block is flaking since I use distilled water and a silver coil.

Their OLD nickel plating process worked just fine. They changed the way they plated nickel and now there are problems (go figure).
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Well... I guess I'm doomed then. Thanks for the advices
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post #9 of 21
ALL nickel plating has a chance of failure/ flaking. Even if it flakes it's not like it'll flake off in giant pieces that'll clog and shred up everything, by the time you even notice it you'll be cleaning and draining your loop anyways. Plating issues won't affect the block's ability to transfer heat, if you're really worried just strip the layer of nickel or return the block when it gets here.
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My tubings are not transparent. Will I be able
See it through my bay reservoir? Will the flakes damage my d5 pump and rad?
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