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Poll Results: In light of EK's nickel failure, will you buy their blocks?

 
  • 39% (230)
    Yes, continue or consider using their blocks (copper or nickel)
  • 60% (354)
    No, I will look into other manufacturers.
584 Total Votes  
post #11 of 1650
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Originally Posted by ttoadd.nz;12024684 
I can guarantee there is a high chance of this happening to other EK blocks, its just most people cant see it with the acetal top. thinking.gif

possible bad batch or unit as Behemoth777 mentioned. I emailed frozencpu.com just in case.
post #12 of 1650
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frozencpu turned me to EK, so much for rma'ing within the country
post #13 of 1650
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Quote:
Hello,

I have no idea what that is.
Usually something like that happens when using some aggressive liquid on block.
This cannot occur with distilled water only.

Best regards,
Gregor
I'm just at a loss of words...I replied back to the accusation that I'm using "aggressive liquid" of distilled water + silver and why the other two blocks don't have this. At this point I'm boycotting their products
post #14 of 1650
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moar pics, clearly see the exposed copper:



post #15 of 1650
This is also happening on my EK Supreme HF Full Nickel, albiet on a much lower level. After a couple months of use there a few places where you can barely see exposed copper (on the inside of the block.

Maybe a problem with their nickel plating process?
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I usually lurk around on this forum but have decided to register just so I could provide some input. I purchased the exact EK block for my GTX470. As with you, I have only used a kill coil in addition to primochill PC ice. My waterblock is flaking in the exact spot as you have shown in the photos. I will try and take some photos when I disassemble my system. If that is the response I am gonna get from ek, I would be extremely pissed.
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I just had a thought - what if it's not the nickel plating falling off but something else attaching on top of it?
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post #18 of 1650
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This is also happening on my EK Supreme HF Full Nickel, albiet on a much lower level. After a couple months of use there a few places where you can barely see exposed copper (on the inside of the block.

Maybe a problem with their nickel plating process?
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I usually lurk around on this forum but have decided to register just so I could provide some input. I purchased the exact EK block for my GTX470. As with you, I have only used a kill coil in addition to primochill PC ice. My waterblock is faking in the exact spot as you have shown in the photos. I will try and take some photos when I disassemble my system. If that is the response I am gonna get from ek, I would be extremely pissed.

Thanks guys .

I would contact ek about this too, maybe they can realize this is big issue.
post #19 of 1650
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I posted this info on xtremesystems.org because I know Eddy from EK participates there. Man, no love for a fellow enthusiast there, just attacks and people siding with EK and saying I used a harsh chemicals and stuff, wth

Glad that I use ocn 99.99% of the time
post #20 of 1650
There's a thread about this on realredraider (with responses from EK). The EK nickel plating is suspect at best.

From what I have seen with EK, squeaky wheel gets the grease. You'll probably have to demand they do something about it. You might even have to go back and forth with them a number of times.

In this case, you can't really blame QC, because if the nickel plating is bad (maybe the cleaning process before the plating went wrong) the naked eye couldn't tell the difference.
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