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Concerned...EK Nickel plated GPU block or go with straight Copper?

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I am planning on buying myself a EKWB - EK-VGA Supremacy universal GPU block. It comes in a few flavours. Nickel plated and copper. I get that nickel plated prevents the copper oxidization from happening but what are the main advantages other than what I just stated for nickel plating blocks. Problem is I am also concerned of the disadvantages of nickel plating specifically with EK. People say you have to be careful even more so with nickel on what type of fluid you have going in your loop as some combination's of dye's or anti algae(silver coil) or biocide etc.. can over time cause a reaction to EK's sub par nickel plating.

My loop will be using Swiftech Hydrix PM2 since i am expanding my H220 loop which already uses Pm2.

Price difference between the 2 is like $10
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Yeah, try to avoid EK nickel plated blocks. Some had their EK blocks for months without problems, but both my EK nickel plated blocks only lasted a month before some corrosion and flaking started happening.

EK will take case of you, but it's a pain to put your build on hold or temporarily go back to air cooling while replacement parts arrive.
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I avoid nickel plating in my loops as a general rule. I don't single out EK specifically. My reasoning is that with all the things that can go wrong with water cooling, why introduce more potential problems that can be easily avoided. smile.gif
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well it seems my initial instinct was right, copper it is. Thanks for the pointers guys.
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Well the primary benefit of nickle plating other than preventing copper from tarnishing is aesthetics, many people prefer the looks of it far more than copper. You're going with a universal block so I can safely assume you aren't shooting for "Zomg, this rig looks like sci-fi !", and more for the a performance. So entirely negating the benefits of nickle plating as most all of it's benefits are aesthetic so I'll just go on about it's disadvantages. Copper tarnishes really easily, but it's also really easy to clean tarnish off. Nickle does not tarnish very easily, in fact it's rather hard to get it to tarnish, but when it DOES since it's just plating you can't clean it off. EK also has their infamous "flaking" issue due to a whole load of reasons but the key ones are the thickness of the plating or rather lack there of and improperly treated plating surfaces in some unlucky circumstances.

So long story short, since you're going with universal blocks you'll notice slim to no advantages of nickle plating.
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