Originally Posted by Warrior1986
Am I actually reading this right now?
You people are crapping on these fittings because they are TOO SAFE for watercooling? Unbelievable. How can you even call them over-kill when they cost exactly the same as other compression fittings?
I'm new to the world of watercooling and will be doing it for the first time ever in the next week or 2 with my new 3930k build, and will be using these fittings exclusively (other than some quick disconnects). Why the HELL would I not go with these fittings to make my build safer and less likely to leak, especially given it won't cost me anything to do so?
I have no issue with secure fittings that hold a tube that practically requires a knife to get off again, i.e. XSPC compression fittings, but these new Swiftech compression fittings just look like a retake of Koolance compression fittings. That is not necessarily a bad thing. However, when the retail price of these fittings come into play, they become less appealing. I can get 1/2" x 3/4" compression fitting from XSPC for $4, Koolance for $6.50-$7, Monsoon for $7.50 ($6.50/ea in a six-pack), and Swiftech for $8. The only fittings that these are competitively priced against are those from Bitspower, which cost $8.50-$10. I can actually individually buy XSPC fittings into a pair for the retail price Swiftech is asking for here. In addition, the XSPC fittings can be tightened by a coin and by hand just like the Monsoon fittings so no other tools are required that could damage them..
My other issue, the actual barb on the compression fitting doesn't look as secure compared to Koolance, XSPC, and even Monsoon fittings, which can hold the tubing well-enough on their own. Those three are essentially a good/excellent barb fitting made to work as a compression fitting. The Swiftech on the other hand has a weak/shallow/non-aggressive looking barb that tubing probably would pull straight off of without any effort. Keep in mind, I am basing this observation/opinion on their provided schematics, pictures (that don't really show the quality of the barb portion), and their other graphics.
So I am left curious, as to whether this is actually one of the most expensive and less-secure compression fittings on market. Because, it looks that way. You can provide me with pictures, evidence, and samples for testing if you wish. I am buying up a list of new parts next week and will be conducting rough comparative testing for a new build at the end of the month.Edited by Falknir - 5/12/12 at 3:35pm