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Please Read Before Purchasing EK Nickel Plated Blocks - Update: Revised plating info - Page 59

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 #581 of 1650
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Originally Posted by bowmanvmi View Post
Who's the manufacturer? I'm interested.
The blocks I am going with are non-reference 6970 from Danger Den. Dan was the person I was communicating with. Cant say enough about his follow up and attention. I could only afford to get one of the blocks for now (being a HS teacher) and had asked if the blocks would be available for awhile. He replied back saying they would order more and that he would put 2 aside with my name on it until I can purchase them!
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post #582 of 1650
Well, when I decide to upgrade my gfx card I'll definitely be looking to Aquacomputer. Yeah, there stuff is pricey, but the weight, looks, and the peace of mind owning a block that won't flake will be worth it, imo.

Thank god all of this came out before I dropped over 1K on my watercooling, otherwise I'd have gone with EK and be throwing things at the wall right now... and now.... and maybe even now...
post #583 of 1650
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The blocks I am going with are non-reference 6970 from Danger Den. Dan was the person I was communicating with. Cant say enough about his follow up and attention. I could only afford to get one of the blocks for now (being a HS teacher) and had asked if the blocks would be available for awhile. He replied back saying they would order more and that he would put 2 aside with my name on it until I can purchase them!
I love DD, mainly because of their excellent support. I've never had a problem or question go unanswered there and my last GPU block was from there as have been my last 3 cases. Just a great business all the way around.
post #584 of 1650
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Hey, do you want to return the razor I just sold ya? Trade you for an ek?
lol. I hope that the amount of cards affected by any of this plating stuff is small enough that you don't see it, but if anyone would see it, it would be you with your gangster setup

About good manufacturers, for what it's worth, I was blown away (literally, I was in disbelief at first, and on a cloud for a while afterward) when I called Swiftech about mounting my GPU block, and the person who takes the orders for the company (the mystical Michelle) answered the phone, I asked for tech support, and she forwarded me to their tech support person, who immediately answered my question, and didn't mind me picking their brain for a few minutes about other watercooling related questions that I could have asked OCN, but figured why not.

It was a really positive experience, which oddly enough finally justified the fanboyism that I've always had for Swiftech that I really never had any reason for having from the beginning. They were my first watercooling adventure back with the H20-120 kit, but other than that, I had no reason for being a fanboy. I just wish more people used their VGA coolers so I could have bought one with recommendations. I guess they're more expensive so people shy away from them.
post #585 of 1650
DD has been pretty good, I am just not a fan of how their blocks look. I have has XSPC before and I liked how they were made, but I have never had to deal with them. Going forward I will probably go with Koolance since they are stateside and have been good with RMA's in the past.
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post #586 of 1650
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lol. I hope that the amount of cards affected by any of this plating stuff is small enough that you don't see it, but if anyone would see it, it would be you with your gangster setup

About good manufacturers, for what it's worth, I was blown away (literally, I was in disbelief at first, and on a cloud for a while afterward) when I called Swiftech about mounting my GPU block, and the person who takes the orders for the company (the mystical Michelle) answered the phone, I asked for tech support, and she forwarded me to their tech support person, who immediately answered my question, and didn't mind me picking their brain for a few minutes about other watercooling related questions that I could have asked OCN, but figured why not.

It was a really positive experience, which oddly enough finally justified the fanboyism that I've always had for Swiftech that I really never had any reason for having from the beginning. They were my first watercooling adventure back with the H20-120 kit, but other than that, I had no reason for being a fanboy. I just wish more people used their VGA coolers so I could have bought one with recommendations. I guess they're more expensive so people shy away from them.
The problem I have with Swiftech right now is that your warranty is voided if you open up their blocks or pumps. So if you want to clean them you can't, if you want to change the pump top, you can't, even if you want to upgrade your XT block to the new revision they sell, it will void your warranty. Swiftech has always been a good company, but they seem to have taken the same route that EK is doing by denying RMA's and blaming the customer. I understand you have to protect yourself from the bad people, but protecting yourself against 1% while screwing the other 99% is bad business in my opinion. Hopefully Gabe will change his policy on this.
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post #587 of 1650
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DD has been pretty good, I am just not a fan of how their blocks look. I have has XSPC before and I liked how they were made, but I have never had to deal with them. Going forward I will probably go with Koolance since they are stateside and have been good with RMA's in the past.
I have used Koolance in the past as well (and still do). Great company. When I started with Water cooling I used one of their first ever integrated case/WC setups. Must have been 9 years ago or so. Unfortunately they do not make a non-reference water block for the 6970.

To me, the appearance of the water block is not that important (though I personally like the looks of the DD block for the 6970) since the blocks are facing down in my case and cannot, for all intents and purposes, even be seen.
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post #588 of 1650
Just checked mine today. 2.5 months and everything is ok so far.
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post #589 of 1650
just a little thought and mayb it's been done but if everyone with this problem go to the sites that sell EK stuff and let you leaave a review or comment and point to the issue and the forum sites if it get removed post again if EK start losing lots of sells then they may get thier butts moving and rma going

Last post they gave was they had the report now the renowned institute has it why??? maybe EK wanted the results changed or reworded either way I'm sorry to say all those with this issue are about to get analed without any lube
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post #590 of 1650
Koolance has pretty good support as well. They're a little slow on replacement parts (few weeks), but they do get it to you. Danger Den on the other hand ships it the day they hear you have problem, at least from my recent experience. They'll be getting all of my business from now on, well most of it at least.
 
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