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I have been hearing stories of bad nickle blocks from Ek. Is it worth it to open up my block to check as I don't have the see through top. Also are there any indicators of this problem? And lastly will this affect temps/what bad happens?
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hmm? Link to the issue?
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I have been hearing stories of bad nickle blocks from Ek. Is it worth it to open up my block to check as I don't have the see through top. Also are there any indicators of this problem? And lastly will this affect temps/what bad happens?
Yes, there have been a quite a few reports of nickel separation from gpu to cpu blocks from EK.

No, your warranty is NOT voided if you open the block. The sticker is for leak certification mainly (from EK support rep "Greg").

I got my replacement fairly quickly and sent in my old block as EK requested it for analysis.

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hmm? Link to the issue?
Here's is my link, a few members have posted links to their threads with the same nickel issue.

http://www.overclock.net/water-cooli...ck-issues.html

Not to scare anyone, but if you have any concerns, open her up and inspect it. If you have any questions, post pics and ask (feel free to post on my thread). If it is any problem, EK should be able to help once you submit a ticket.

Keep in mind, my situation was with a new block purchased a few months ago, where as my older blocks (~8-9months) didn't have this. good luck
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I heard it was a pain in the arse to put back the o-ring on perfectly.

So before you go ahead and open up your block try checking your reservoir for nickel flakes, they should be at the top of the res.

If you don't see any flakes and you still want to be sure go ahead and open it up.
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I heard it was a pain in the arse to put back the o-ring on perfectly.

So before you go ahead and open up your block try checking your reservoir for nickel flakes, they should be at the top of the res.

If you don't see any flakes and you still want to be sure go ahead and open it up.
it is a pita but with a bit of patience you can put it back on. I've heard people using silicone grease to keep in place. it just takes practice and patient
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Can these nickle flakes ruin my rad/res/anythingelse.
post #7 of 9
You dont have to open it just check your res if there is any flakes floating around, personally i dont think it will do any harm.

Nickel is only to prevent copper from changing colour but you did pay for it so if its peeling off most ppl would want a shinny new one.
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They can block up your CPU block.

I've been keeping a keen eye on my loop for some time...here's to no glitter in my water.

*fingers crossed*
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I'm sure if it caused any big problem to your loop Ek would help you out. I am just going to check the water and not worry.
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