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Just to say, I've had 3 EK nickel blocks (2 GPU and 1 CPU) in my loop until recently and none of them have had any issues at all with the plating. Yes some people had problems, but it wouldn't seem all are bad.
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post #12 of 33
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But StijnDP, the whole fiasco happened last to two years ago. I think their mentality has changed with customer service. They lost a lot with that story, they won't do a mistake that big again or people will just stop buying from them.


Their mentality hasn't changed. They've just learned how to do lip service. They will still blame the consumer.
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Their mentality hasn't changed. They've just learned how to do lip service. They will still blame the consumer.
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omg, roflmao.
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Don't get me wrong, I understand people have definitely had legitimate issues with EK. I was just saying that not all nickel EK blocks will fail, nor even a majority to be honest...
post #16 of 33
Nickel to copper should be a good plating, other metals that need nickel plating need a coat of copper to get the nickel to bond.
It must be that some of the copper is not being cleaned before the nickel is applied, maybe there plating service is not changing the acid used to clean the copper enough.
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post #17 of 33
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Personnaly I think the only solutions are to stop nickel plating blocks or people accepting that it will happen. The second thing is what has been partially happening. People want to pay $5 for a nickel block instead of a pure copper block, but the price for better nickel plating would make them unsellable.
EK is the only one who still makes and sells nickel blocks in such big quantities. There will never be an agreement between everyone wether it's morally wrong to lure people to the shiny silver color when it's only a $5 job.
Personally I don't mind that they want to make and sell it that way. I would prefer if they warned customers tho.
Realistically, EK was pushed in a situation that they couldn't solve. I don't know how much of their revenue comes from nickel blocks, but I'm sure it's more than they could financially handle if they have to replace them all.
The people at EK aren't scientists, they're entrepreneurs that live close to the community and learn together with us. Almost every 'big' company today in watercooling, was started by someone in the community who made something that hundreds of others wanted to buy.
I'm pretty sure Edvard was crushed with everything that happened and not maniacally laughing in a castle made of gold while bats fly away scared. EK is one of the old time companies like DD and Swiftech who came with professionalism to the WC scene when people were messing around with aquarium gear and dumping their computers in oil baths.

I guess that Koolance, XSPC, WaterCool and Bitspower don't count?
post #18 of 33
ive got the ekfc csq plexi copper block. looks real nice but u hardly see it cause it faces down, so i dont think the extra money is worth it for the nickel, especially if theres a risk of problems.
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post #19 of 33
Sorry to put this out there.....but I think that EK is just the Razer of the watercooling world these days.
post #20 of 33
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I guess that Koolance, XSPC, WaterCool and Bitspower don't count?

Big quantites is the important part of the sentence. EK are the only ones who have nickel versions of every block avaible on launch days for almost any cpu, gpu or motherboard.

People also buy EK nickel blocks because it's a $5 difference. With Watercool for instance the difference is $20.
Go over the 'post your wc pics' threads on forums. I don't think it's overestimated if 80% of GPU blocks are from EK and half of them are nickel plating. For some reason people bother looking critically at cpu blocks when there are 1°C differences in reviews, but with GPU blocks they go for aesthetics.
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