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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 #41 of 1650
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Originally Posted by wermad View Post
if it indeed it is corrosion, it would still be nickel failure as this is the last block in the loop. Still it is perplexing how the other two blocks are still holding up as well as the cpu and mb blocks. As some have pointed it, it might have been a bad batch of blocks. My main concern is having water get under the nickel and start pealing it off in flakes and killing my pump. The corrosion is confined just to this area. everything else on the block looks good.


Per EK, ok to open her up, warranty sticker is for leak (air) certification. Greg said to polish it and see if the corrosion will cease. That will take some time. I'm ok in keeping an eye on it for another month to see what results. Im super busy now that school starts tomorrow. As long as EK is aware of this and are willing to cooperate. If it does get worse, Greg offered a replacement. Now that is customer service!
Happy to see stuff being sorted out! I'm pretty sure EK will stand behind their products, they make good quality stuff.
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some comparison pics, the far left card is the one in question, again its only a month old compared to the other two which are over 6 months old. I'm pressed for time due to school so I will open up the block in question asap.





post #43 of 1650
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ok, got some time to open up the block, I was able to remove most of the black streaks, though had to put some effort into it. Strangely, there is some white residue/crud/crust, very thin, on the area affected as well as the main channel where the water flows. This was built up on it and it took a bit more effort to scrub some of it off. Im going to check my other two blocks for this build up. possible manufacturing residues? will post pics a bit later.
Edited by wermad - 1/20/11 at 10:48pm
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wermad, is that nickel + plexi?
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yes
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yes
I see. I might get them but I don't want mine to crack. I want acetal + nickel
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post #47 of 1650
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I see. I might get them but I don't want mine to crack. I want acetal + nickel
yeah, I've heard those claims about plexi/acrylic cracking , though after owning eight blocks w/ acrylic, not one cracked. Reason I got plexi initially was for the dye (I know, I know, it was a HUGE mistake) I was running. Now, at least, it serves to see if the air is escaping. My next build I want to go w/ acetal, after owning my ek sli bridge and seeing how nice acetal is, that's my next upgrade.
post #48 of 1650
Wermand, its nice to see some people using dye still everybody is just haters, but i have 2 of those same blocks and im about to put them in, i think u will be fine, and Ek still make good products
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Wermand, its nice to see some people using dye still everybody is just haters, but i have 2 of those same blocks and im about to put them in, i think u will be fine, and Ek still make good products
Greg from EK was gracious enough to offer a replacement if it got worse after cleaning it up. I don't want to use any cleaners or polishers to avoid any further conflicts w/ ek support. So Im scrubbing away w/ q-tips and distilled. The white stuff is really making me think and I can't wait to check out my other two gpu blocks.

I know ek makes quality stuff, the first two blocks and my cpu block are testaments to that notion. I just got irked when support replied saying this only happens when using "aggressive liquids" and that was a clear accusation, regardless what ek fans may interpret that. So I guess ek support and I got off the wrong foot. So, time will tell what this block will look like in another month.

As a reminder, per EK support, the "void warranty if removed" sticker on the blocks will NOT void your warranty, its simply the leak test certification.
post #50 of 1650
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Ok guys, here is the block in question:







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