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Did you flush the radiator before installing it?
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Originally Posted by tlxxxsracer View Post
I get welcomed with this in my 5970. O.o its only been 3 weeks. I used distilled water and silver coil
Is that oxidation?
Nothing about distilled water or a silver coil will keep the copper from oxidizing.
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post #13 of 20
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Is that oxidation?
Nothing about distilled water or a silver coil will keep the copper from oxidizing.
That's what I was thinking too. The finishes they put on those blocks to prevent them from oxidizing is often not perfect.
    
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Yes, I flushed both rads out with vinegar and warm distilled water, and then rinsing with distilled water multiple times.

I dont know what it is.. Whats the best way to prevent it?
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Originally Posted by tlxxxsracer View Post
Yes, I flushed both rads out with vinegar and warm distilled water, and then rinsing with distilled water multiple times.

I dont know what it is.. Whats the best way to prevent it?
Short of taking some steel wool to your block, then refinishing it with a copper sealant, you're going to have to deal with oxidation at one point or another.
    
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So what I see in the block is normal? what could it be from?
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post #17 of 20
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Originally Posted by tlxxxsracer View Post
So what I see in the block is normal? what could it be from?
Simply the copper mixing with air (even oxygen in water naturally ). It will occur to any copper piece that's not protected. It poses no harm to the rest of your gear, and will not affect performance at all.
    
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This is why I bought nickel plated blocks, no need to clean them. BTW even something as simple like leaving a fingerprint on the copper can cause it to oxidise.
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Is it just me or are some of those markings on the plexi and not the copper? Looking at the smudges to the left of both GPU cores. If so then it might not be copper oxidation at all, but other dirt in the loop. They seem to be concentrated round areas where there is re-circulation or very little flow, where sediment would naturally deposit and stick.

If it is dirt then it is most likely some left over flux from the rad that wasn't completely cleaned out. My copper EK block is showing no signs of oxidation at all after 6 months, and Martin210 has a loop running for 22+ months with no change in the appearance of his copper blocks.

Crack the block open and have a good look at it, decide what it is and then treat it.
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Is it just me or are some of those markings on the plexi and not the copper? Looking at the smudges to the left of both GPU cores. If so then it might not be copper oxidation at all, but other dirt in the loop. They seem to be concentrated round areas where there is re-circulation or very little flow, where sediment would naturally deposit and stick.

If it is dirt then it is most likely some left over flux from the rad that wasn't completely cleaned out. My copper EK block is showing no signs of oxidation at all after 6 months, and Martin210 has a loop running for 22+ months with no change in the appearance of his copper blocks.

Crack the block open and have a good look at it, decide what it is and then treat it.
This is solid advice. Don't simply go from the offhand advice of somebody who hasn't even seen it in person.
    
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