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Difference between Copper or Nickle CPU Block?

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Looking to pick up the final piece to my loop. The CPU Water Block.

Im looking to go with a clear block for my Mayhems Pastel White Coolant.

I think im going to go with a EK Block to match my EK Res - just wondering if either block would make a difference?

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16252/ex-blc-1132/EK_Supremacy_Universal_CPU_Liquid_Cooling_Block_-_Nickel_EK-Supremacy_-_Nickel.html?tl=g30c325s1118

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16250/ex-blc-1130/EK_Supremacy_Universal_CPU_Liquid_Cooling_Block_-_Plexi_EK-Supremacy.html?tl=g30c325s1118

My current components:
• EK D5 X-RES Top 100
• XSPC D5 Vario Pump
• Black Ice GT Stealth 240 Radiator
• Bitspower 3/8 x 5/8 Compression Fittings

Thanks!
post #2 of 3
Performance wise there should be zero perceptible difference. Nickel tends to resist corrosion better than copper however. This is also purely subjective but I like the shiny color of nickel better than the reddish copper material. Nickel will stay shiny and also won't turn brown like copper does sometimes on the outside surface of the block too. It mainly comes down to preference however.

The only thing that comes to mind about EK's nickel plating was their flaking nickel fiasco back then but they may have resolved it by now, I haven't followed on that in a while.
Edited by LemonSlice - 5/12/13 at 7:45pm
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^Agreed

Nickel blocks are almost always nothing more than a plated copper block. The performance will be practically identical. The price difference comes in because the nickel plating costs extra, but many consider the aesthetics to be worth it.
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