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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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It'll get heavier once I add bigger rads inside and more fans redface.gif

Your wife is getting the couch ready as we speak biggrin.gif
post #1552 of 1650
I had issues with my pump, rads and especially cpu block because of this. I was using distilled water too. Wish this was out before I built this thing.



I had to remove the restriction plate in my CPU block because of the grit making it overheat due to lack of flow. stupid thing is that the gpu still ran cool until it died (for other reasons most likely).

I would still consider their products, but with more research.
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Any recent news as of December 2012 ? Because im planning on getting in january 2013 two 7990 blocks and an Asus Maximus V Extreme waterblock from them.
post #1554 of 1650
Yeah, is there any info on the EK blocks with nickel?
I'm getting the Supremacy with plexi and the nickel one just looks much better, but what are the risks and performance differences to only copper? And will it last as long?
Also what is this CSQ thing? Is it just the name for their new line of products?
Edited by naikee - 12/17/12 at 3:45am
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post #1555 of 1650
Are these new blocks problem free, or the problems are solved and no longer there ?

Has EKWB some official statement released ?
I havent gone through all the 150 pages, but i will before i will make the purchase, you can bet on that.
post #1556 of 1650
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Originally Posted by naikee View Post

Yeah, is there any info on the EK blocks with nickel?
I'm getting the Supremacy with plexi and the nickel one just looks much better, but what are the risks and performance differences to only copper? And will it last as long?
Also what is this CSQ thing? Is it just the name for their new line of products?

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Are these new blocks problem free, or the problems are solved and no longer there ?
Has EKWB some official statement released ?
I havent gone through all the 150 pages, but i will before i will make the purchase, you can bet on that.


The new Ek nickel blocks seem to be working just fine, there have been no reports of the previous problems that were encountered in the past-so you can put that worry away.

And before you ask-No, i do not work for EK, neither have they sponsored me wink.gif

CSQ means Circle Square Design-it refers to the circular pattern that EK has incorporated into all of its new range of items.

I hope that this has alleviated some of your concerns-the next thing to do, is to go and use their configurator and see what blocks suit your rig/cards etc (that is if you plan on buying EK products)

Configurator link:

http://www.coolingconfigurator.com/
Edited by kkorky - 12/17/12 at 3:52am
post #1557 of 1650
So I added a second 7970 to my system. I had been running a 7970 with the old EK nickel+plexi block. I've got a lot of discoloration on it, but nothing severe like flaking or anything. I ran the loop on distilled initially for about a month with minor discoloration, but the discoloration came back en force after switching to PC ICE clear.

I didn't do my research beforehand and was unpleasantly surprised the new and old blocks are very dissimilar (2 ports vs 4 ports). I had to get really creative with my loop to just get my rig up and running. I bought some swiftech multigpu fittings that are useless now. I'll probably just go ahead and buy a second CSQ nickel acrylic. Looks nice in person actually. Never thought they looked good in pictures. I like the translucent plexi look. It looks a lot better with lighting sources compared to the transparent plexi if you're into that.
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post #1558 of 1650
Get This:

EKWB Rolls Out Its First CAD/CAM/HPC Graphics Card Water Block.

What i noticed here is:

Base is made of C110 grade electrolytic copper while the top is made of laser cut stainless steel metal plate.

There is nothing said about EN-Nickel Plating.

Maybe for the enterprise cards, they do the work seriously, going all copper where the water comes in contact with the metal, and on the ''consumer'', aka mortal user, they go with Ni-Plated copper.

I always wonder, isn't it harder to make a nickel plated copper heatsink, instead of just leaving the copper as is ?

Why go all these length to plate the copper ?

ANd again, perhaps it is so that i have no ideea what i'm talking about.

My problem is now something else. Why get in february 2013 two 7990, when the 8990 launch is probably 1 month away. But this has nothing to do with the waterblock issues being discussed here.
post #1559 of 1650
there are copper and nickel consumer water blocks. nickel adds an extra aesthetic.
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post #1560 of 1650
Nickel plating also fights corrosion, nickel is supposed to be great at repelling corrosion and that's why it's used! Copper oxidises and it don't look pretty either.
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