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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.
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post #1241 of 1650
The problem is that by forgoing the nickel plating, you leave yourself vulnerable to oxidation, which is always possible since (obviously) there's oxygen present in water on a molecular level. No matter which path you take you may end up being screwed as far as the appearance goes, though I will admit I've seen very few problems with nickel blocks on the German brands compared to the others, so keep it in mind.
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post #1242 of 1650
I have a friend who wants to buy a ek mobo block. I found this on another forum.
Is this video legit ,I mean is it possible to remove nickel using finger nails?
bad batch? Seems this video has been made this Feb 2012.
post #1243 of 1650
That looks interesting, I too will like to know if its legit, also is that the EN nickel?
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post #1244 of 1650
Quote:
Originally Posted by sawjai526 View Post

That looks interesting, I too will like to know if its legit, also is that the EN nickel?

No, it's not an EN. It's this one here: http://www.ekwaterblocks.com/shop/blocks/motherboard-blocks/full-board-blocks/ek-fb-kit-ga-p67a-ud7-acetal-nickel.html
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post #1245 of 1650
That video shows nickel plating covering only the surface of the copper block like paint, quality nickel plating fills the porous surface sinking into the copper. A good way to tell how well your nickel plating is by how dull it looks, a dull not so shinny surface shows how well the nickel penetrated the porous surface. If you want a nickel plating that is tough you have to trade off the shiny appearance for a dull one, clearly EK was going for a super shiny finish rather than a durable one! Nickel is not nickel!
post #1246 of 1650
Seems like that's the protective coating didn't take. You see this on old cars where the coating has gotten old and starts peeling on Bumpers and trim all the time. If this was the Nickel itself there is no way you would be able to that with just your nails. Also note that none of the silver coating came up and the suff peeled off was thin and malleable flaking. Good luck for that guy getting his warranty covered though. First thing he should have done was contact EK and the place he got it for warranty replacement. mellowsmiley.gif

@btwalter... I don't think it matters either way since not even EKs' site is up to date on the EN stuff yet. For all we know, it is EN. Only one of those x67 coverage blocks have EN listed on the pic. wink.gif

~Ceadder smil3dbd4e4c2e742.gif
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post #1247 of 1650
I ran EK EN Nickel + plexi mobo block, gtx 590 block, ram block, and hf cpu block on my rig for 3-4 months and there was no corrosion or flaking at all smile.gif. About 1-2 months of running them I notices some blotches on the blocks but it turned out to be just the red mayhems dye I used (which btw isn't all that great and broke down super fast).
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post #1248 of 1650
Quote:
Originally Posted by H4rd5tyl3 View Post

I ran EK EN Nickel + plexi mobo block, gtx 590 block, ram block, and hf cpu block on my rig for 3-4 months and there was no corrosion or flaking at all smile.gif. About 1-2 months of running them I notices some blotches on the blocks but it turned out to be just the red mayhems dye I used (which btw isn't all that great and broke down super fast).

Are you using a kill coil?
post #1249 of 1650
Guys, out of curiosity, will my warranty be voided if I do that to one of my EK nickel block?
post #1250 of 1650
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kurehah View Post

Guys, out of curiosity, will my warranty be voided if I do that to one of my EK nickel block?

If you do what? Try and pick the plating off with your finger? Don't know, shoot an email to EK.
 
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