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I was just wondering why lots of people that do watercooled Buy EK blocks?
I just got some blocks from Koolance and it dropped my temps alot. I have seen people with problems with there EK like cracking acrylic, and pealing coating. why are they better?
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Just because they are a respectably brand, and I've never had any issues with them. I'm sure the other brands are just as good, but I stay with the saying " If it ain't broke, don't fix it"
    
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I was just wondering why lots of people that do watercooled Buy EK blocks?
I just got some blocks from Koolance and it dropped my temps alot. I have seen people with problems with there EK like cracking acrylic, and pealing coating. why are they better?
IMO, I always choose EK because not only do they have good core temps(like all WB do), but they also do a good job covering Ram and VRMS as well as other components.
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I was just wondering why lots of people that do watercooled Buy EK blocks?
I just got some blocks from Koolance and it dropped my temps alot. I have seen people with problems with there EK like cracking acrylic, and pealing coating. why are they better?
I prefer EK blocks because of their performance vs price. They also make relatively unrestrictive blocks, and that's always good.

EK has been known to have some QC and manufacturing problems, unfortunately. I rarely see them having issues with blocks though. It's mainly their reservoirs (cracking plastic), and acetal tops (bits of acetal left from the machine process, from them using dull bits).
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EK is a respectable company, good quality, easy to find, a reasonable price, good variety of stock, and the best looking (IMHO). All these things add up to make it a popular choice for people looking for water blocks and water cooling accessories in general.
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I went with an all-Koolance solution myself. I wanted to go with EK, but it was terribly frustrating to find stock of the particular parts I wanted. And to have to deal with ordering directly from EK on some items didn't make sense after shipping costs.

All this for about a 1-2C drop in temps compared to what I put in my rig didn't make any sense.

I ordered everything from Koolance in Redmond, WA and had everything in 2 days. If I went with all EK, it would be months before I got everything finished.

No doubt that EK makes great products...it simply didn't fit my timeline.
    
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post #7 of 21
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i was really surprise how the quality on the koolance blocks. they were made with lots of detail and quality but Im sure EK blocks are made with high standards also. but I do like how the koolance has an Office in the USA
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post #8 of 21
my 570 is loading 1.1v 950mhz at ~35c

ek block is awesome lol
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my 570 is loading 1.1v 950mhz at ~35c

ek block is awesome lol
wow that is great! I was testing mine last night and got this temps on the koolance

at Overclocked CPU 950 @4.0 and both GPU's @ 850/1800/1750

my GPU temps were at 59c 100% load and CPU @55c but Im sure it all depends on the room temp
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post #10 of 21
If EK has the best price/performance ratio, then what is the absolute best block out there, currently, without price being a factor?
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