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How true is this? Pamphlet included with my new EK waterblock.

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I thought I had read that these problems were sorted, is this just a scare tactic to get me to buy their own pre-mixed coolant? I was planning on just using distilled water and biocide.

This came with my new EK-Supremacy (Nickel Acetal), I've also got motherboard cooling from EK (EK-FB KIT ASUS M5F) (Nickel Acetal), and my GPU is an EK 6970 V2 (Nickel Acetal).

So do I really need to buy their coolant or what? I have yet to even build my new system so I have time and can wait, just wanted to check with you guys first. The only other things in my loop are pump/acrylic top, acrylic reservoirs and XSPC radiators.

One final question, it came with a tube of their own "Gelid GC-Extreme" thermal paste, I already have a full tube of MX-4, which is better?
Edited by paradoxum - 12/10/12 at 6:47am
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or a ploy to make an excuse for when the plating does fail, so that they can reject RMA's from anyone who didnt use EK coolant, which would be about 95% of users.
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or a ploy to make an excuse for when the plating does fail, so that they can reject RMA's from anyone who didnt use EK coolant, which would be about 95% of users.

Would they be able to tell if you weren't using their officially sanctioned cooling fluid unless you told them?
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or a ploy to make an excuse for when the plating does fail, so that they can reject RMA's from anyone who didnt use EK coolant, which would be about 95% of users.

this right here
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this right here

Yup. Gotta love business.
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this right here

So don't worry about it and just go with distilled+biocide?

And can anyone help with my other question about the thermal paste?
post #7 of 37
Note that the pamphlet says "recommends" and not "requires".

MX-4 is among the top pastes so whatever it is can't be that much better, if at all.
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Yeah, but I don't want to have to disassemble my blocks or loop to clean out bits of metal that have flaked off.. but if it's nothing to really worry about then I just wanted to check with people that would know more about the issue than me.

Thanks RE the paste, I guess i'll just use my MX-4.

On the topic of paste, I think I probably apply too much every time, is there a good video demonstration anyone knows about that shows just how much to use and where exactly to place it on a quad-core intel (ivy bridge) cpu for best results? I mean people say "just enough the size of a grain of rice" but I always feel like that isn't enough to cover the whole block even when you compress the block down on the CPU and it spreads out... maybe i'm wrong? also with it being 4 cores, are the cores not in specific physical places that should have the compound on top of them rather than say, the rice-sized drop of paste in the middle of the cpu?
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If you orient the CPU so the writing is the right way to read it the CPU die runs north to south about 80% of the heat sink surface. That's the area I'd worry about covering personally. Don't worry about trying to get paste all the way out and into the corners. If you have a good size circle of paste that covers the surface without being super thick I'm sure its fine. I personally like the credit card method of thining it out.
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Well, just installed all the waterblocks, I have to say the EK-Supreme was one the easiest i've ever had the pleasure to install, really nice product. Here's a crappy phone pic if anyone's interested:



Edit: Quick question for anyone that might know, the manual says that the port closest to the middle of the CPU block must be used as the INLET, but the manual for the mosfet/southbridge blocks doesn't specify, does it not matter which is in/out ports on those?
Edited by paradoxum - 12/10/12 at 2:20pm
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