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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.
584 Total Votes  
post #51 of 1650
Thread Starter 
Here is a side by side of the block in question and one of my old (6 months) blocks, clearly there is a difference and you can note the white/clear crud build up that's hard to remove from the block in question:




Edited by wermad - 1/21/11 at 12:07am
post #52 of 1650
White vinegar will remove the deposits. You can take some household-type and dilute it 2:1 or weaker, and give it a soak. It will do the job without being "aggressive" for whatever that's worth.
     
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post #53 of 1650
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Originally Posted by ZeusBoltThrower View Post
White vinegar will remove the deposits. You can take some household-type and dilute it 2:1 or weaker, and give it a soak. It will do the job without being "aggressive" for whatever that's worth.
that is my next move, I need to get some. I've heard different ratios though, 10:1 is the most common one. I think I'll do that one. I've sent all these pics to EK support so they can see the state of the block.
post #54 of 1650
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Vinegar didn't work, the white crud is really hard to remove, I took off as much as possible using q-tips and distilled and assembled everything back together. Again, I'll be checking it in about a month to see how it fairs.
post #55 of 1650
In all honesty I would just send it back to them and get a replacement. EK offered to replace it so I'd get it done instead of just waiting it out. It's your money and you should get what you paid for which is a nickel plated block that doesn't fall apart. I'm not bashing EK at all, but they offered to replace it and I'd take them up on that sooner than later
post #56 of 1650
so i just got a ek supreme hf copper/gold, and for some reason the top threads in the holes have some gold peeling off, whats even more odd is that its whitish looking when i would have expected it to be copper looking?

also how hard is it to open these up and put them back together without leaks?
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post #57 of 1650
It's pretty easy to open them up and reassemble as long as you take it nice and slow. I've taken my block apart twice now to switch the mounting plates and no problems yet.
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post #58 of 1650
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the o-ring can be a pita to put back on, especially the gpu o-ring
post #59 of 1650
The stickers on the blocks just mean that the block passed the factory test it will not void your warranty if removed.
Only use distiled water to test leak the loop (you cant use it permanently) then replace it with some premix liquid avoid dyes they clog the blocks, the pump and accelerate corrosion, there is no such thing as a non conductive coolant .
Gold blocks are the best they conduct heat very well and are nearly impossible to corrode.
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post #60 of 1650
Quote:
Originally Posted by wermad View Post
the o-ring can be a pita to put back on, especially the gpu o-ring
O-rings of any irregular shape are a snap to install if you daub a little silicone grease (I said grease) in the troublesome part of the recess that you are trying to hold the o-ring in. That "trick" is as old as o-rings (or loose bearings, for that matter).
     
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