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Well with all the data in front of me it's pretty obvious a 2 degree C improvement for the huge added cost and weight is totally not worth it. Now I see why Noctua doesn't go with copper all throughout.
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Obviously a bit more expensive but I wonder, in regards to the chart, why aren't there any silver plated heat sinks rather than nickel for the base?



Also found a cool image:

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Quote:
Originally Posted by TheBloodEagle View Post

Obviously a bit more expensive but I wonder, in regards to the chart, why aren't there any silver plated heat sinks rather than nickel for the base?



Also found a cool image:

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Cost of silver is way more than nickel. Also these factorys are setup to do nickel plating .. on both base and pipes. It would be significant'y more expense to do silver on base and nickel on pipes .. or silver on both.
Bottom line is increased cost any way it's tried and very little gain.

Edit:
Current costs of metals:
Copper . . = 2.1546 .- 2.1550
Nickel. . . = 4.5896 .- 4.5941
Silver = 1241.40 / 1266.50

While nickel costs just over 2x the as much as copper, silver costs 588 times as much
Edited by doyll - 10/8/16 at 5:29am
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The other part of the "silver vs. nickel" is the amount used. The plating is thin to the point that it does not yield any negative effects. It would be an incredible expense for absolutely no perceptible gain.
post #15 of 38
Perhaps it's also something about corrosion? Silver can develop dark stains, and perhaps Nickel does not do that? It could then be the better choice even without a price difference?
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Nickel plating is exclusively for looks.
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Nickel plating is exclusively for looks.
Really? Please show us some data about nickel plating being only for looks.

Here are some of the reasons I know of for nickel plate something besides decorative; to provide corrosion resistance, wear resistance, or used to build up worn or undersized parts for salvage purposes.
Edited by doyll - 10/8/16 at 11:01am
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Nickel plating is exclusively for looks.

Id say it's more for corrosion resistance than looks. If you want a heatsink made of copper to last is probably the best way. My old Corsair H55 was tarnishing after 3yrs. It also obviously looks good and that's a factor but it increases the products longevity and durability to nickel plate it.
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Id say it's more for corrosion resistance than looks. If you want a heatsink made of copper to last is probably the best way. My old Corsair H55 was tarnishing after 3yrs. It also obviously looks good and that's a factor but it increases the products longevity and durability to nickel plate it.

The tiny layer of oxidation on a copper cooling element has no effect on cooling ability, and is only cosmetically undesirable. Thus, again, purely for looks.
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The tiny layer of oxidation on a copper cooling element has no effect on cooling ability, and is only cosmetically undesirable. Thus, again, purely for looks.

But a heatsink isn't just copper or one type of metal unless it's a block. Heat pipes contain a fluid and I do believe that over time as copper corrodes it becomes more porous and pits. Nickel plating would reduce this and help strengthen the material and increase longevity. You could use a nickel plated sink for a long time as long as you have a mount for the socket without any worries especially if you live in an environment that lends itself to corrosion with high humidity and mineral content in the air (I.E near a beach)
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