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post #1 of 19
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has anyone checked out the MIPS fullcover waterblocks for the Rampage III Extreme yet? Which one is better performance-wise? The Nickel/POM or the POM version? If you had to choose between EK and MIPS, which one would you get?



Edited by Digital Artist - 8/6/10 at 6:53pm
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post #2 of 19
Nickel/POM will not perform any better then Copper/POM. Not sure about performance but the EK one looks alot better.
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ok I did the mistake and got the MIPS fullcover POM and it looks really nice and all, and I assembled everything just fine.
But when I jump started my PSU, I heard a hissing sound and saw that there was a water fountain shooting out of the construction seam at the mosfet area of the waterblock.
I instantly powered down my machine and started drying the components.
Now I sent the manufacturer an angry email saying that I want my money back.
Was that the right thing to do? Or do I wanna risk getting another faulty replacement?
I'm really leaning towards the EK fullcover block now.
Can anyone recommend it??
Edited by Digital Artist - 8/3/10 at 8:32pm
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post #4 of 19
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how long should I let the machine dry until I can test it on aircooling for functionality?
I mean I even saw some water droplets inside the PCI express slots.
I really hope MIPS didn't ruin my brand new workstation
Edited by Digital Artist - 8/3/10 at 12:54pm
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Okay so after dis- and re-assembling my rig for the third time, I finally unmounted the leaking fullcover waterblock made by MIPS and replaced it with the stock heatsink and little mini-fan supplied by Asus (added some good old mx-3 as well). After leak-testing yet again, I finally attached all the power cables to the motherboard and powered that B*tch up.
The next thing I heard was this quite loud and high pitched beeping noise.
Turns out I forgot to attach a 2nd PCI-e power connector. I had no clue graphics cards could make such loud noises when they are hungry for power. But I guess the graphics card didn't get too wet in the whole process, otherwise it probably wouldn't have beeped like that.
At the moment I can't actually test if the computer has suffered any further damage from the water, because I need to get a DVI-D to VGA adapter. Will do that tomorrow.
(Just destroyed a DVI-I adapter trying to force it into a DVI-D cable but to no avail.)

After further inspection of the faulty waterblock, I noticed a 2nd leak. Thank God this life-threatening hazard is no longer in my system. I am getting a full refund on this thing or I'ma sue somebody.
I am really disappointed with MIPS.
I was expecting a much better and stronger quality waterblock from this company.
Originally I also wanted to get a MIPS RAM waterblock, but now I totally changed my mind.

Can you imagine, I waited for this defective fullcover block for over 2 weeks!?
What a waste of time, work, effort, money, you name it.
Edited by Digital Artist - 8/3/10 at 8:06pm
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post #6 of 19
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I even saw some water droplets inside the PCI express slots.
Let it dry for like 2+ days in a non-humid room, was it just distilled water?

Koolance makes good blocks check out their full cover block.

When leak testing your system DO NOT POWER IT ON. Either disconnect all your components from the PSU or use a seperate powersupply + the paperclip mod and flip it on/off to prime the pump.
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oh my, what a nightmare.

1st rule of thumb when WCing: LEAK TEST/FILL with external power!

i hope it all works out for you, that's a hell of a system to fry!


.. Id get the EK personally. Iv used EK blocks a few times, and they are of superb quality, and the ONE time i had an issue with one, Eddy (owner) was quick to make it right!
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oh my, what a nightmare.

1st rule of thumb when WCing: LEAK TEST/FILL with external power!

i hope it all works out for you, that's a hell of a system to fry!


.. Id get the EK personally. Iv used EK blocks a few times, and they are of superb quality, and the ONE time i had an issue with one, Eddy (owner) was quick to make it right!
Yes, the first rule of ALL waterblocks is to leak test it/them outside of the rig...

and MIPS are the highest quality blocks, better than EK, Danger Den, etc... I'm contemplating grabbing an SR-2 Full Coverage block from them myself... the EK blocks look gawdy to me...
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post #10 of 19
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ok here's the thing: I paid 15 euros to send back the Package to Germany to MIPS.
It will be there mid of next week I suppose. I can't believe the guy at MIPS doesn't wanna give me my money back right away, he wants to examine the block.
I just talked to the owner over the phone and he is denying that it's his fault.
He's like: "It's your fault because you used the wrong fittings. We will not give you a full refund if we find out that it's all your fault."
I'm like wt-f??
He wanted me to measure my fitting and it's around 7 millimeters from the O-ring to the end of the fitting. He said his MIPS rampage III waterblock is designed for a 5 mm fitting. Who the hell would've thunk? They don't mention it on their website, they don't mention it anywhere in the Instruction Guide (Which only contains very few words and an ugly big diagram. Never seen such an instruction booklet devoid of information! Should've taken a screenshot. I had to use the EK instruction PDF that I downloaded so I even knew where to put the thermal pads!!!).
When I told him I want my money back cuz I already got the EK block on backorder he got pretty mad LOL. Then he said something bad about EK and those Slovenians and then he said he'll contact me next week when he gets the block.

I think it's his fault for not even mentioning ANYWHERE that his block uses a specific (not more than 5 mm) fitting.
I used the same fittings that I used for the MIPS waterblock also in my Heatkiller 3.0, my Eheim pump, my radiator, and I've also used the same kind of fittings on my older 5970 block from Danger Den and my Rampage II Extreme waterblocks from Enzotech without ANY problems.
They're plain regular 13mm (1/2") G1/4 fittings with O-Ring (High-Flow)

I think MIPS should ship special kinds of fittings with their waterblock or they should at least mention somewhere in the product description that this waterblock is INCOMPATIBLE with plain regular G1/4 fittings.
How the hell should I know that it requires 5mm short fittings?
What do you think? This guy is making fun of me right?
He ought to give me a full refund ASAP

EDIT: Lol on his website in the product description he writes:
Quote:
You need only 2 pieces of G1/4 fittings of your choice, even very large fittings are no more problem. Thanks to the large distance of the fitting threads the waterblock is also suitable for High flow connections.

Edited by Digital Artist - 8/6/10 at 3:55pm
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