Originally Posted by Radnad
So I got the block this week, haven't put it in the loop yet, will be a couple more weeks before I can do that, but I thought I would do a quick unboxing here, hope no one minds? I'll spoiler the pics to make it less annoying. Remember I am not an experienced reviewer or photographer, so let's keep the laughter to a minimum.
The retail packaging was good, about what you would expect. Some of the edges and corners were a little beat up, but that was most assuredly from shipping. I bought this from a US e-tailer so I know it got shipped at least twice, once from China and then once to me.Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Upon opening the box my buyer's aware sense started tingling that this might be a return, but then again maybe it was just a cost saving measure for packaging, Everything seemed haphazardly thrown in the box, hmmmmm....Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
The block itself was in a anti-static bag, but no particular care was taken to fold it perfectly and no seal was present at all.Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Once I got it out of the bag, it is definitely a beauty, and as heavy as it looks. The acrylic top probably weighs the same as the block itself. I should have weighed it, but no time to find the scale the kids are screaming they're hungry! (The finger smudges are all mine and not a free gift with purchase, so no worries there).Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Tried to get as good a close up on the fins as I could with my S5, (remember the disclaimer about not being an experienced photographer?), and interesting I see dark spots in the fins, could it be gunk? That would be a telling sign that it was returned, but upon closer inspection it is just dark spots on the metal surface. It doesn't look like any kind of corrosion to me and hopefully won't spread or cause any performance issues. I will most likely be using dye so it won't be seen, and my guess even with straight distilled the spots will fade away from notice once the block is installed on the mobo in the case.Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
With the closer inspection I also noticed a couple of pits in the top of the metal block. It obviously won't cause performance issues and from a distance with the naked eye they're almost impossible to notice. Unless the acrylic top was removed by someone else these pits must have happened from the factory. For close up professional glamour shots these probably wouldn't pass the mustard for experts, but for me I think I can live with it.Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
I have no idea of the details of Bykski's QC procedures, but apparently it passed, unless the QC inspector's lunch was getting cold and just stamped it to not be late playing Dominoes on break. And look at ALL that mounting hardware! (/sarcoff) I guess I should step through the instructions before making a dig though,Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Uh oh, no instructions included. Again, was it a return, or does Bykski assume a certain level of user experience. I scoured the internet last night looking for any kind of downloadable instruction manual but unfortunately could find none. Luckily I've done this sort of thing before and I am slightly mechanical inclined if I do say so myself. So unless the mounting system is just completely FUBAR, then hopefully shouldn't be a big issue, we'll see...Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Last but not least with the block purchase I had a choice of an LED and 2 fittings. I forgot to get pics of the fittings but I chose 14mm Barrow matte black rigid compression fittings. I love Barrow, have them in my sig rig, and will be all in this new loop also, so I got the exact fittings I needed and they won't be tossed in a drawer. The LED probably won't be used, but hey you never know I might need a little more bling at some point.Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
All in all I'm impressed with the cosmetics of the block, a few minor issues yes but if we complained about every small detail we would have more RMA's then purchases. The packaging was good, although there is still that small sense that tells me this might have been a return, but if the performance is anything like it looks I will be a satisfied buyer. I tried not to drag this out too much but hopefully someone can find it useful. Once I get the block in the loop and get some performance readings I will be happy to post a follow up.