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post #1 of 19
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So with the downtime of the gpu block being out of stock everywhere, It's given me a lot more time to second guess my products and compare and contrast with others

What compression fittings did you choose and why?

Example: I'm stuck between
EK G1/4 Thread Perfect Seal Compression Fitting - 12mm ID x 16mm OD (7/16" x 5/8") - Nickel
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/18979/ex-tub-1789/EK_G14_Thread_Perfect_Seal_Compression_Fitting_-_12mm_ID_x_16mm_OD_716_x_58_-_Nickel.html?tl=g30c409s1203#blank
&
Monsoon Free Center Compression Fitting - 7/16"ID x 5/8"OD - Single Black Chrome (FCC-71658-1P-BC)
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16643/ex-tub-1340/Monsoon_Free_Center_Compression_Fitting_-_716ID_x_58OD_-_Single_Black_Chrome_FCC-71658-1P-BC.html?tl=g30c409s1203#blank

The reason: Monsoon seems to have a bigger room for error with longer barb allowing more tubing to be covered, They both look nice but to the average inexperienced eye like mine and any new watercooler, we won't know what is good in this situation and what is bad

On top of this, some pictures for other brand compression fittings don't show the pieces separated so it's really a guessing game

Post what you chose, why, and what helped you make your choice. Hope this helps a lot of new users including myself smile.gif
  
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post #2 of 19
Either will do the trick just fine. Really just a matter of opinion I think.

I was planning on getting the EK ones before I switched to push fittings & copper pipe. Seems like a lot of people like monsoon though. I picked EK since all my other parts were EK.

In the end both will do the job. Just up to you.

Yes, the barb is longer on the monsoon and in turn would potentially make it more reliable and easier to install. With proper installation its not like the EK would leak though.
Edited by Wicked x Josh - 3/24/13 at 11:20pm
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monsoons looks sexy but complicated, the EK is simple and mundane.
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monsoons looks sexy but complicated, the EK is simple and mundane.

How so? I have not used monsoons, but, I have used standard fittings that require you to gte your fingers into cramped spaces to tighten. Sometimes forced to use pliers to get leverage and ended up disfiguring the fitting. The Monsoon system looks easy to me.
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post #5 of 19
Monsoon fittings are great.
- Being able to see the tube through the compression ring is really unique
- The tool keeps your finger tips from getting torn up
- The look is more subtle, doesn't look so much like it comes out of a bathroom
- Rotaries and lightport fittings continue the look
- Can use the lightport 90deg rotaries as T-splits
- Customer service is great - can make direct contact with the owner who will do his best to resolve any question or issue you might have
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Post what you chose, why, and what helped you make your choice. Hope this helps a lot of new users including myself smile.gif

I have those EK compression fittings in my loop. notice the barb and how it's barely got a sharp barb to grip the tubing. I've had two pieces of tubing in my loop slip out of completely sealed compression collars. I would steer clear, those cheap XSPC compression fittings are pretty good but they're really wide and will have issues on certain blocks

i've also had issues with monsoon compression fittings as well (namely the paint they use on the shiny blue fittings, i've found whole slivers of blue paint inside pieces of tubing after taking my loop apart. where did those pieces of paint come from? the inside of the barb). I haven't used the matte colored monsoon fittings however
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I use the EK compressions because they are half the cost of bitspower and others where I live. They have all been very well made and functioned flawlessly, never a single problem. Even had a pump hanging from one of them for a while without any problem.

I own compressions from EK, Bitspower and Koolance. I haven't been able to find a major difference except for the way they look. They are all very reliable and easy to use.
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I have those EK compression fittings in my loop. notice the barb and how it's barely got a sharp barb to grip the tubing. I've had two pieces of tubing in my loop slip out of completely sealed compression collars. I would steer clear, those cheap XSPC compression fittings are pretty good but they're really wide and will have issues on certain blocks

i've also had issues with monsoon compression fittings as well (namely the paint they use on the shiny blue fittings, i've found whole slivers of blue paint inside pieces of tubing after taking my loop apart. where did those pieces of paint come from? the inside of the barb). I haven't used the matte colored monsoon fittings however

Ouch man, of all the posts I read this amazed me, the EK barbs did look a little short to me and to hear this.... it's exactly what I was worried about

I like the look of the EK barbs, monsoons look really nice i just dont like the look smile.gif im going to look into the xspc/bitspowered ones and some other brands
  
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post #9 of 19
I've used bitspower and monsoon fittings and while I liked the bitspower for the looks, the monsoons are definitely easier to work with in my opinion, and they also look nice too but I liked the knurled look personally.
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I personally like Bitspower and Koolance fittings. EK is alright but I would not recommend their rotary fittings. I have used several and they are very loose and have a lot of play. I have not had any leak but they make me very nervous. In contrast my Koolance rotary fittings are very tight with almost no play at all.
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