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DDC? Is that a brand?
The maintenance and setup concern is the big reason I haven't gone to water yet. So if I can go several years without changing the liquid and risk having leakage issues as a result, then water becomes a more reasonable choice.

DDC is referring to the Laing DDC, which is a very popular pump for custom water cooling, very powerful and reliable.

You don't have to worry about the water evaporating with this one either, as you can just unscrew the fill cap and add some more distilled water if it ever were to run low. Leaks should be uncommon too on a quality product like this one but its always recommended to leak test the unit before installing it in your rig.
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Would be nice if they offered the 140 with GPU water blocks.

This!
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The maintenance and setup concern is the big reason I haven't gone to water yet. So if I can go several years without changing the liquid and risk having leakage issues as a result, then water becomes a more reasonable choice.

Seems like it can go a while before needing to clean the unit.

Maybe add some distilled water from time to time?

 

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FYI, the pump in these isn't a 6 W DDC as used in the Predator 240/360. It's their SPC-60 pump which is arguably better than the 6 W DDC and helps mitigate one of my biggest issues with the older Predator units. Can't be certain till we see those two pumps in the same system though.
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Yes, see that connector on the top tube, it can be disconnected to add more components to the loop.

Expandable.
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Expandable.

Oh we can make it Expendable wink.gif
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post #27 of 29
http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/ek_xlc_predator_280_aio_cpu_gpu_liquid_cooling_review,10.html

Does anyone know more about these units? There is not many reviews out. I ask this because from the Guru3D review the EK Predator 280 takes a beating from the H110. Six degrees is an abyss. It is like jumping from featherweight to welterweight. But then again, I am not finding anything related to rpm. Then I think they tested the H110i with the fans at 12v and the Vardar's with PWM, since they say "TOTALLY silent". Or not? The way they did, it either sounds like a bias test (since they don't tell how they did it), or a bogus unit? In my view, they made the EK units look really bad.

I did not have time to read the whole article, but I checked the setup pages and the test pages and they don't seem to mention how the fans were run. Because if they ran all tests with the fans at 12v, why then the Predator would be a good purchase? Would not be better to buy the H110i GT and a couple Noctua Industrial? With 6ºC to spare you can set the H110i with PWM to silent, shed a couple of degrees in the process and still be ahead of the Predator and more or less with a silent unit.

Techpowerup does a review and mention "all fans at 100%", and the EK 280 gets 3ºC ahead of the NH-D15 in the heaviest load (AIDA FPU / 4.6GHz). This would apparently place an H110i GT a couple degrees ahead of the Predator (taking into consideration reviews of the H110i GT). Then again, the H110i GT does not look that shabby, especially if you don't mind to run the Noctuas with PWM in normal.

https://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/EKWB/Predator_280_QDC/6.html

I am not getting it. Is that it? I imagined the copper radiator would give a good advantage. Not to mention it has a way thicker radiator than the H110.

Even though these cooler reviews are a mess in general.
post #28 of 29
Don't trust Guru3D for anything, and take TPU cooler reviews with a grain of salt.
post #29 of 29
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Don't trust Guru3D for anything, and take TPU cooler reviews with a grain of salt.

Yup, I figured. And Techpowerup? These mainstream sites don't make much sense.
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