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My Koolance CPU-380i after 3+ years!

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Ive been using this cpu block on my secondary water cooled system which i use for general purpose. My main rig (heavy gaming sessions) oddly enough i tear apart every 1 to 1.2 year. Clean all blocks cpu + gpu (both Koolance) which there is hardly anything to clean btw new coolant new tubing thats it. Except crap ending up in my cpu fins but easily removed.

The secondary system i didn't even bother its not major importance to me i did changed the coolant after 2.2 years as stated by Koolance when using their coolant which i did (the clear one).
But did not tear it apart to see the blocks inside.

Now after 3 years and 4 or 5 months i opened it up and expect all kinds of heavy corrosion, flaking i already had that in my mind no biggie since i never saw temps drop. But still fully expected pretty much a destroyed cpu block. As a side note i used XSPC RX480 rad which i did a throughly flushing. And to my surprise when i opened it up it looked like this!:












No flaking no corrosion no change of color or any other type of crap except on the top part of the fins a little tiny spot of debris? It almost look like new. What you see between the fins is water.

So from now on i always use the recommended coolant stated by the manufacturer.
Edited by Cobra26 - 7/20/16 at 8:07pm
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I've never had any flaking issues myself either. It's kind of crazy though but I've never actually ran a single block for longer then a year so who knows maybe that's it.

Always ran some form of Mayhems pastel. White and clear up until my current build which has blue in it. Hopefully it holds up because it's running through a lot of money. wink.gif
    
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I've never had any flaking issues myself either. It's kind of crazy though but I've never actually ran a single block for longer then a year so who knows maybe that's it.

Always ran some form of Mayhems pastel. White and clear up until my current build which has blue in it. Hopefully it holds up because it's running through a lot of money. wink.gif

Same with me always tear apart my MAIN wc rig after 1 year or a bit longer but hardly encountered major issues, except some debris probably from the radiator. I was so paranoid i even purchased a Aquacomputer AMS rad since that does not use solder flux still need to test it.

But my secondary pc was a TOTAL surprise its so clean almost new and i swear ive used it for more then 3 years without ever opening the block to inspect the only thing i did was change the coolant (draining, flushing) and refill with new fresh coolant.

Almost forgot gonna check the tubing i used Primochill Advanced LTR Onix Black to see if there is plasticizer il report tomorrow in regards of the state of the tubing even after such a long time.
Edited by Cobra26 - 7/20/16 at 8:35pm
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Good to see posts like this. Normally all we see is the bad, since it seems to be human nature to be vocal about what is wrong rather than what is right. I have a Raystorm and Apogee XL that are both a couple of years old and look brand new internally. I've always run Hydrx PM2 and ECx in the loops.
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Good to see posts like this. Normally all we see is the bad, since it seems to be human nature to be vocal about what is wrong rather than what is right. I have a Raystorm and Apogee XL that are both a couple of years old and look brand new internally. I've always run Hydrx PM2 and ECx in the loops.

Yeah something else for a change:D

Those blocks you used are copper or full nickel?

I had a full nickel plated Heatkiller 3.0 and was using distilled with 2 silver kill coils one near the outlet of the pump and one near the inlet of the rad. After around 1 year i took it apart. And it was discoulered had oxidation on some places and the fins had green deposits the block still looked decent. Back in the days so many were saying use distilled + silver kill coils had i know silver kill coils have a negative effect on nickel plated blocks i would have never used it and instead would be using Innovatek Protect coolant which is recommended by Watercool. I wouldnt have these issues with the heatkiller. But i learned form mistakes. I do know enough people use silver kill coil without issue. Also was using MasterKleer tubing and it had plasticizer back then i thought this was normal lol...that was like 7 years ago. Plus distilled plus silver kill coil has no corrosion blockers...as the pictures above prove from the Koolance block i will be using the recommended coolant as per manufacturer say.

BTW i checked my Primochill Advanced LTR black and i could see no plasticizer it looked clean inside i cut the tubing.
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