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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 #1511 of 1650
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Originally Posted by Chewy View Post

I purchased over 15 EK nickel plated compression fittings for my loop back in May, All fitted and running fine since then, average about 4hrs a day,
Yesterday i tear my loop down to add another gpu block clean out rads etc and on close inspection 12 out off 15 of my fittings have gone rusty with all the nickel plating falling off around the barb edges mad.gif I use mayhems aurora coolant,
i thought these quality issues would have been sorted!!, I will NEVER be purchasing another EK Product and the 5 new fittings i purchased last week will now be sent back to the retailer for a refund, What a complete waste of money
Pics to follow..............
Are these EN Nickel PSC fittings? Try to polish them out with a clean rag and some water, we've had cases of EN Nickel that got discolored.
Edited by EK_tiborrr - 10/16/12 at 7:50am
    
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So has anyone had experience with their new CSQ blocks in nickel? I've not seen or heard anything about corrosion in the CSQ line.
 
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post #1513 of 1650
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Originally Posted by Chewy View Post

I purchased over 15 EK nickel plated compression fittings for my loop back in May, All fitted and running fine since then, average about 4hrs a day,
Yesterday i tear my loop down to add another gpu block clean out rads etc and on close inspection 12 out off 15 of my fittings have gone rusty with all the nickel plating falling off around the barb edges mad.gif I use mayhems aurora coolant,
i thought these quality issues would have been sorted!!, I will NEVER be purchasing another EK Product and the 5 new fittings i purchased last week will now be sent back to the retailer for a refund, What a complete waste of money
Pics to follow..............

I tore apart my system one week ago and found the exact same corrosion around the ridge on the outer ring on my Bitspower compression fittings, wiped right off! I was going to buy a test kit to test the PH level to give me a better idea on how bad is got over the two years of zero maintenance using a silver kill coil and Tygon's silver antimicrobial tubing.

I have really cleaned up my EK blocks and found that most areas are super clean now (pictures below). The loose nickel that came off my block for some reason stuck to the good nickel plating like glue or as if it were soldered, weird! I used Master Formula Metal Gloss polish, this stuff is expensive at $30+ a bottle!

Before Cleaning


After Cleaning With My Finger Nail, No Polishing Yet!


Before Polishing


After Polishing eek.gif

Edited by Systemlord - 10/16/12 at 1:27pm
post #1514 of 1650
Thread Starter 
^^^ A little Brasso will bring a shine to the copper (albeit, it won't last long wink.gif).



I'm a little perplexed you went with a Supremacy rather then other blocks that are better or some that cost less are are better too confused.gif. Oh, well, your money, your choice. Good luck with that one and report any issues here to document it.
Edited by wermad - 10/16/12 at 1:28pm
post #1515 of 1650
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^^^ A little Brasso will bring a shine to the copper (albeit, it won't last long wink.gif).
I'm a little perplexed you went with a Supremacy rather then other blocks that are better or some that cost less are are better too confused.gif. Oh, well, your money, your choice. Good luck with that one and report any issues here to document it.

EK is the only manufacturer that's going to support motherboard water blocks for my Maximus V Extreme, I wanted everything to match up rather that mixed matched parts! Let's say for a moment that the Supreme HF my older block and the new Supremacy are equal in terms of performance (I'm not qualified to enough to determine that), I still would have bought it. The only other block I considered was the Raystorm, but I had to go with what my heart desired.
post #1516 of 1650
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EK is the only manufacturer that's going to support motherboard water blocks for my Maximus V Extreme, I wanted everything to match up rather that mixed matched parts! Let's say for a moment that the Supreme HF my older block and the new Supremacy are equal in terms of performance (I'm not qualified to enough to determine that), I still would have bought it. The only other block I considered was the Raystorm, but I had to go with what my heart desired.

I think MIPS is coming out with a MVE block but I'm not too sure. I understand about the hole "keeping everything under one roof" but I've done enough loops and builds to really learn look for the best regardless of the manufacturer is. Mb blocks are purely looks and won't offer you any performance gain. They also depreciate like crazy (I would know first hand). But its fun just water cooling a bunch of stuff biggrin.gif
post #1517 of 1650
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I think MIPS is coming out with a MVE block but I'm not too sure. I understand about the hole "keeping everything under one roof" but I've done enough loops and builds to really learn look for the best regardless of the manufacturer is. Mb blocks are purely looks and won't offer you any performance gain. They also depreciate like crazy (I would know first hand). But its fun just water cooling a bunch of stuff biggrin.gif

The main reason I wanted the MB blocks is for the VRM's, I really want to squeeze every last ounce of performance out of my IB. Sure it looks good to and removing all of the heat away from the MB! biggrin.gif
post #1518 of 1650
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The main reason I wanted the MB blocks is for the VRM's, I really want to squeeze every last ounce of performance out of my IB. Sure it looks good to and removing all of the heat away from the MB! biggrin.gif

Vrm have a high tolerance of heat so decent airlfow is good enough. The MVE is designed to be a highend system for high and/or crazy overclocks. 98% of owners will not push the vrm to its limit. So heat is not a reason to get a mb block smile.gif; if it is, you need to rma it. But honestly, I've done it for the pure looks of it and you have to admit that's your main motivator too wink.gifbiggrin.giftongue.gifthumb.gif
post #1519 of 1650
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Vrm have a high tolerance of heat so decent airlfow is good enough. The MVE is designed to be a highend system for high and/or crazy overclocks. 98% of owners will not push the vrm to its limit. So heat is not a reason to get a mb block smile.gif; if it is, you need to rma it. But honestly, I've done it for the pure looks of it and you have to admit that's your main motivator too wink.gifbiggrin.giftongue.gifthumb.gif

You got me all figured out, (biggrin.gif) it will look awesome, I just won't ever get into water cooling my RAM.
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You got me all figured out, (biggrin.gif) it will look awesome, I just won't ever get into water cooling my RAM.

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