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Poll Results: What's In Your Loop?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 6% of voters (11)
    Tap Water
  • 28% of voters (52)
    Distilled Water
  • 5% of voters (10)
    DeIonized Water
  • 8% of voters (16)
    Antifreeze 5-10%
  • 5% of voters (10)
    Antifreeze 15-20%
  • 4% of voters (9)
    Antifreeze Premixed 50/50
  • 1% of voters (2)
    Undiluted Antifreeze
  • 3% of voters (6)
    Alcohol
  • 8% of voters (16)
    Water Wetter
  • 4% of voters (8)
    Algicidal Additive
  • 3% of voters (7)
    Windshield De-Icer
  • 19% of voters (36)
    PC-Specific Premix from Vendor
183 Total Votes  
post #31 of 91
http://www.lubricationspecialist.com...c502f3a140437c

Too pricey for me though...wow.
post #32 of 91
I use distiled water/Water Wetter/Red line corrosion inhibitor
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$32.50 plus S&H for Glycol based antifreeze d'oh
  
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According the mfr site Evans looks the best stuff--for cars and trucks--but I hope I will not need to run a fluid with a 350 degree boiling point! It has some great properties for a car cooling system--rapid condensation, highboiling point, low viscosity, better (than glycol) heat transfer.

Probably better than any glycol antifreeze--I wonder what a 5% solution does for temps.

I think a "Tom's Hardware Guide" type test of all these different variations would be fun. Maybe Burn would care to participate once that Tech Station comes together
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post #35 of 91
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Evan's Racing Coolant? That's a new one for me...
Yeah I have like an extra gallon and a half of this stuff lying around. I should start selling small bottles of it as additive. Plus it's clear unlike that pink Zerex & Water Wetter.
    
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post #36 of 91
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A cottage industry...
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post #37 of 91
Ok, change of mix. I now am running Peak Battery and Radiator (Distilled) water and Water Wetter. I don't like the snot green color of the Napa stuff and since I don't have the Cosworth yet, the pink is better than nothing.
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Yeah, instead of snot its more like a draining wound....very attractive....does it glow at all?
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post #39 of 91
We'll find out once the build is up and going. I am at work right now. I ran down the street to the auto parts place and got the water and WW. Mixed it here to see how intense it is. At the 1/2 strength I mixed it, it looks EXACTLY like Pink Lemonade. The concentrate in the bottle looks like it may glow, but the diluted solution I am not so sure about.

EDIT: "Yeah, instead of snot its more like a draining wound....very attractive...." I just picked up on the sarcasm there... to you!
post #40 of 91
Quote:
Originally Posted by CyberDruid
Why is de-ionised water NOT recommended?


EDIT: some more opinions: http://www.overclockers.com/articles993/


Quote:
Deionized water
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Deionized water (DI water or de-ionized water; Commonwealth English deionised water) is water that lacks ions, such as cations from sodium, calcium, iron, copper and anions such as chloride and bromide. This means it has been purified from all other ions but H+ or more correctly H3O+ and OH−, but it may still contain other non-ionic types of impurities such as organic compounds. This type of water is produced using an ion exchange process.

Deionized water is similar to distilled water, in that it is useful for scientific experiments.

The lack of ions also cause the resistivity to increase. Ultra-pure water can go up to 18 MΩ·cm-1, compared to 1 MΩ·cm-1 for "normal" deionized water and only 15 kΩ·cm-1 for drinking water (numbers from http://www.circuitsonline.net/forum/view/4609, in Dutch).

Deionized water easily changes pH while storing it. This is because carbon dioxide from the air dissolves in the water and causes a drop in pH by forming carbonic acid H2CO3. Boiling the water will remove the carbon dioxide to restore the pH.

Deionized water is sometimes referred to as 'Aqua' on product labels.

Deionized water is commonly used to fill up the type of lead batteries used in automobiles. It is also used to clean silicon wafers before they are processed, and to analyse the quality of drinking water.

I also read somewhere that this type of water will try to "re-ionize" inside your system, basically, pulling ions back into itself from your componants. I can't find that article now though


EDIT Ah, the article you posted mentions basically the same thing...

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Another potential concern is that DI water is more corrosive to metal parts than plain old ionized water. It takes a lot of effort and energy to remove the majority of ions from water. Water desires these ions back and will aggressively take them from any available source. Some people will tell you to never use DI water in a PC water-cooling system. Like most things in life, moderation is the key! If you use DI water to occasionally fill your cooling system, the water will immediately strip ions away from the surfaces of all wetted metals. But, no measurable damage will occur. You would have to continuously fill and drain your system 24/7 for weeks before you might see your waterblock or radiator starting to dissolve. Truly pure, DI water doesn't stay de-ionized very long when exposed to air and poured thru various containers.

Recommendation: Using DI water is OK but it offers no advantages over distilled water.
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