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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 #591 of 1650
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Originally Posted by utnorris View Post
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.
Very good point. I actually forgot about that.. :-/ uncool.

I'm still waiting (3 days now) to hear back from XSPC about a few screws for my Razor 6970. I hate having to fill out an anonymous looking form online with no feedback or email confirmation
post #592 of 1650
Well, having been a freelance translator from English to Russian I can tell you that correct translation even from English to any Slavic language, Slovenian including, is not a simple task.

In the case of EK they have to translate the other way around: from their native Slovenian to a secondary language (English) which greatly increases the difficulty. They have to preserve the meaning of the report, too. It takes time, especially if their business depends on the quality of the translation.

So for me the delay in the translation is completely justified. Their handling of this issue on the whole, however, is another story.
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Very good point. I actually forgot about that.. :-/ uncool.

I'm still waiting (3 days now) to hear back from XSPC about a few screws for my Razor 6970. I hate having to fill out an anonymous looking form online with no feedback or email confirmation
xspc is pretty quick, their site is not as fancy as others but they'll take care of you quickly. Check out the rasa club on how they send replacement pumps for crappy ones and no need to ship the old one .

Looking into Alphacool 6970/6950 blocks

btw, BS on EK, but at this point....whatever
Edited by wermad - 6/2/11 at 2:38pm
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xspc is pretty quick, their site is not as fancy as others but they'll take care of you quickly. Check out the rasa club on how they send replacement pumps for crappy ones and no need to ship the old one .

Looking into Alphacool 6970/6950 blocks

btw, BS on EK, but at this point....whatever
Hey, do you want to get in on a group re-plating deal? I have family and friends in the rapid prototyping business around here. I don't think finding a plater will be hard, but getting enough work to create a job to offset cost will be hard. If there are enough blocks we can split the cost? Anyone around socal is welcome too btw.
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Depending on cost and EK's final "report", I may be willing go in on the plating offer even though I'm halfway across the country
 
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post #596 of 1650
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I so want to get waterblocks for my Caymans as they run hot and the fan is atrocious .

So either:

1) EK says F-you who are affected.
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2) EK says, we'll replace you blocks with copper (doubtful)

(loosing patience)
post #597 of 1650
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Depending on cost and EK's final "report", I may be willing go in on the plating offer even though I'm halfway across the country
Ok, I'm going to bug my cousin because he gets a lot of stuff plated on his project cars. He did the alpine x5 and mini btw.
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So this is kind of a newb question....

Obviously, the blocks especially with acrylic look unsightly, Not to worried about this because mine has an acetal top. But, what other potential ramifications does this type of defect/corrosion have on your watercooling setup?

Build up in other blocks/rad/pump? Potential failure?

Obviously metal, or anything for that matter will corrode overtime when water is flowing over it. But what does this mean for your loop's 'eco-system' as a whole?
    
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Build up in other blocks/rad/pump? Potential failure?

Obviously metal, or anything for that matter will corrode overtime when water is flowing over it. But what does this mean for your loop's 'eco-system' as a whole?
Exactly. Blocks, rad, pump blockage potential, CPU block is the most likely to catch the junk. Potential for eroding fitting coatings. In extreme cases, there is a slight risk of damage to an o-ring, but I don't believe any have been reported yet. I'm pretty sure my o-ring failure was when I installed the pump top, not from accelerated plating.

[edit]Extreme eroding/corrosion in a block, could impact the o-ring's ability to seal as well creating a leak. I don't think this has been reported yet either though.
 
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post #600 of 1650
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most will collect on the cpu block. I inspected my cpu block and it was ok except for the exposed copper. if you are worried, there is no harm in opening up the block and/or install a filter in your loop (koolance makes one)
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