I was checking out Mr.Pie's thread and I stumbled upon more RR info. Here' an interesting entry by "sidewinder" which I take its Gary from SideWinderComputers.com:
It is amazing to me that we still to this date get people asking if we carry this or that, and I have to explain to them we don't and why we do not.
Truth be told, after we sent our EK Nickel products back, were issued proper credit and paid our last bill, we were going to continue to stock their copper blocks. That was, until, Eddy himself then demanded we pay EK a non-negotiable sum of $10,000 USD for damages we caused to their product line.
I think that is the first time I have ever used an animated emoticon in my life.
This, after supporting his product line since 2007. After advertising their blocks exclusively in our builds, graphics cards, motherboards, and bundles. After providing input on EK products, fixing their mistakes with their products (4-way classified blocks)After personally helping Eddy with his English translations at 3a.m.... it would seem the GTX 460 "sample" that was bought and sent to Rubidium for diagnosis really rubbed them the wrong way. It is what it is.
The coverup is long over. Its not PT nuke, its not PHN Nuke, its not Silver coils. The answer is simple and resolved by deduction - almost no other manufacturer has this inherent, abundant problem with their block that EK has had. Does that mean that people who use blocks from other manufacturers almost all use different coolant? No. It means EK's plating process is faulty, and they will never admit it because it would cause a total recall on everything nickel - which would surely be their demise. It is less expensive to blow smoke to try and cover it up, while at the same time insult every watercooling enthusiast's intelligence.
While resellers will hope this issue will eventually die and go away so they can continue to sell you the Kool-Aid, EK will continue to peddle its nickel plated products, while at the same time blame ANYTHING BUT THEIR PLATING PROCESS for its plating problems, so long as the consumer continues to buy, and resellers continue to support.
End of story.