Originally Posted by WhiteWulfe
I think said reputation has to deal with the fact that leaks seemed to be a regular problem in various areas. First revision was a bad oring from supplier so block leaked, then there were the issues with the block and micro fractures, then all the issues with the pump area (cracks, small leaks, and worst of all sometimes the area hoses went on would snap off).... Combined with five revisions of the product followed by being discontinued silently, then add the icing of the replacement having had it's date bumped twice now (was Q1, then Q2, and is now slated for a Q3 release). There is also the stigma of "if I do anything to it, warranty is gone" (even though it's incorrect regarding maintenance).
While I wouldn't doubt the actual amount that had problems would be fairly low, and those problems were taken care of by EK rather well (and quickly too), the reputation of the Predator is, sadly, one of "buyer beware, and do your research" because of these various things.
Yeah, exactly what I meant. Ek has a great rep, the predator, not so much. Like a lot of others, I had no issue with my 1.0 nor my 1.1 I got with the first recall.
You could have zero issues with yours and probably won't have any but when it comes to selling it all it takes is a quick Google search from a potential buyer to throw a wrench into things.
Probably the main reason I'll just hold on to mine. I could probably get a few bucks out of it but I think I'd rather keep it. Could come in handy.
FYI. I'm not still using mine for any reasons like leaking or fear of it leaking. I simply got the bug to go full custom loop. I had already added a gpu block (Bitspower) and external res and was considering adding another rad, maybe a second pump. Just decided to go all out!
Also I thought by holding on to it, if I decide to sell my 980ti I could assemble the predator on the card with the Bitspower block as sort of an AIO cooled gpu. Might look like an attractive deal, seeing as its expandable and all. I ran the 980ti oc'd to 1500 and a 4790k @ 4.4 on the single 240 with more than acceptable temps.