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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 #701 of 1650
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Just pulled the trigger on three new blocks for my Caymans
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Just pulled the trigger on three new blocks for my Caymans
What ones, currently looking for a block for mine , im thinking of going for the Koolance ar-697
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Good purchase!

Make sure to post some pics up in your build log.
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Looks like my lastest block set has the nickel problem. This is a pair of GTX580 blocks that where bought on 4/17/2011. This was a pure distilled loop, no additives of any kind. I usually replace the water every 2 months.

The first block has the bad looking nickel in the middle and issues around the o-ring trough.

The middle section:




There are some interesting color patterns around the inlet and outlet holes. I don't know if you can see it from the picture, but there are blue stream a long the path of water from the holes.




Something interesting I saw here: there is exposed copper on this section of the o-ring trough. The copper color is visible to me, but might not be in the picture. The nickel does not appear to have been lost on this section. I would believe that this a bad plate job, plain and simple.




The second block was not so bad. The middle section has some blue discoloring, but it was not permanent. The o-ring channels though where the same as the other block.

A look at the acetal cover where the o-ring hit. Kind of looks like rust.



And the o-ring channel.




Regardless of how EK eventually handles this situation, I'm done with them as a customer.
    
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post #707 of 1650
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Brand new block put under a microscope.

http://www.realredraider.com/vbullet...ad.php?t=47917


EK can't have any form of quaility control at all.
Just wow. I was actually pretty determined to buy a set of EK blocks after they release their statement on this matter but now I don't think I have any confidence in them at all.

Do any other manufacturers have blocks with acetal/delin/black tops?
post #708 of 1650
UPDATE!
sidewinder PC's and PTS are offering full refunds or replacements for blocks both within 60 days

http://www.realredraider.com/vbullet...ad.php?t=47970

@Rapid7...I read that link
wow unbelievable

No way in hell I'm ever buying EK again....unless they can prove that all their blocks are plated properly
post #709 of 1650
Agreed. Well posted.
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good choice werm,now strap this bad boys on and report your temps
P.S. we had a power outage..looks like i missed some good fights
    
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