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post #21 of 31
Thread Starter 
Sorry about the late reply, that's a tough one regarding EK/AC.

I personally, if buying a titan or newer graphics card, go with AC due to the company recently coating the outside of their copper blocks to stop the gross oxidization copper goes through.

If you're worried about the aesthetic looks of your waterblock, for a 680 lightning, I would go with the EK offering.


Ill try my best to get a picture of how my 6+ month old AC 680 Lightning waterblocks look like now - similar to the copper pipes plumbers use on the outside of houses... pretty ugly.
post #22 of 31
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Originally Posted by GenoOCAU View Post

go with AC due to the company recently coating the outside of their copper blocks to stop the gross oxidization copper goes through.
That is not correct. We never coated any copper parts. It is just as naked as the electrolysis has created it wink.gif
post #23 of 31
Thread Starter 
Apologies about the misinformation, no idea where I remember reading about the coating. Having said that disappointed AC havn't.

I was hoping to use AC blocks in the future as they do their job amazingly - upon looking at them after 3 months of use, they left me with a dissatisfied taste in my mouth. Similar to that of eating a raw sea cucumber.

I will post pictures ASAP to prove my point.
post #24 of 31
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My second block - not much more then 6 months old.

Extremely unimpressed with how the outside has aged. Its gone a matt finish, and quite discoloured in areas.
post #25 of 31
I guess you have touched the copper with your naked hands while mounting it, right? In this case it will leave a thin film of sweat on the surface which speeds up the discoloration and will cause the darker spots.

Anyway, it can be easily cleaned and will look like new afterwards. If you have some time one day, take off the block from the card, take it apart so you have the naked copper base and place it in a dish with water and some citric acid. I Germany you can get it in almost every super market as small plastic bottles that look like a lemon. It is also available from the drugstore as water-soluble powder. When you place the block in the water you can watch within a short time how it will become shiny again cool.gif


When you mount the block again you should wear some plastic gloves for example.
post #26 of 31
It's hard not to see the fingerprints all over that block.
The lemon juice in a bulb is called ReaLemon at the supermarket. Tastes just awful.
Shoggy, the inventor of the Shoggy Sandwich? http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/shsacokitor.html
The best anti-vibration pad for a waterpump ever!
Cool looking as Hell, too!
I have a pair of MSI GTX 580 Lightning XE's that could also use a little liquid love.
Do you have any blocks for these, too? Available in the US?
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post #27 of 31
Hehe, yes - that is my sandwich biggrin.gif

We have no blocks for the GTX 580 Lightning.
post #28 of 31
That's a shame.
Bitspower has some but they've never returned any of my e-mails.
I'm more than happy to meet a watercooling legend though.
Thanks for the help and the work you've done in watercooling.
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post #29 of 31
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I'm more than happy to meet a watercooling legend though.
OMG blinksmiley.gif
post #30 of 31
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Shoggy View Post

I guess you have touched the copper with your naked hands while mounting it, right? In this case it will leave a thin film of sweat on the surface which speeds up the discoloration and will cause the darker spots.

Anyway, it can be easily cleaned and will look like new afterwards. If you have some time one day, take off the block from the card, take it apart so you have the naked copper base and place it in a dish with water and some citric acid. I Germany you can get it in almost every super market as small plastic bottles that look like a lemon. It is also available from the drugstore as water-soluble powder. When you place the block in the water you can watch within a short time how it will become shiny again cool.gif


When you mount the block again you should wear some plastic gloves for example.

Get a room guys.

After taking your advice I stripped the block to just copper and gave it a 2 hour bath in 50/50 Distilled water & white vinegar. Looks brand new.

Ill invest in some rubber gloves rolleyes.gif
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