Originally Posted by PachAz
The latest gears from EK is just a sad joke to be honest. They have cut cost on all items such as pump tops/res, blocks and radiators. Good bye all "EU" brands, you have milked the market enough for 10 years, time to change. Now you can invest all that money into useless RGB styling and aluminium rads and other AIO nonsense for "Steve the youtuber" and similar customers. EK only have one color on their new plasticizer free tubing, that is clear, how lazy isn't that to offer only one color, and they want 15 euros for 3m HAHA. EK fittings are also funny, you can't tightem them without a allen key and their hose barely fits on the fittings. The EK tubings fitts better on the alphacool fittings than on their own fittings haha. I don't know what to say, I just keep on getting more and more dissapointed.
What else the EK velocity block is a sad joke, I thought the chrome details was metall but it is plastic and the mounting mechanism is a pain, the thumb screws are so short so you can barely screw them in, in the pooly threaded backplate. Spent 30 minutes trying to prevent cross threading the thumb screws that barely reached the back plate. The mounting mechanism is far superior on the alphacool eisblock and xspc raystorm, I don't know what EK was thinking. Good thing I mounted the block with the motherboards alreaddy in the chassis, good luck otherwise trying to push down the thumb screws in the back plate. Worst experiance ever with an 80 dollar block. What else, well it only has one o-ring, no o-ring between the jet plate and the top. Don't buy EK products anymore is my suggestion.
You are right 100%.
But among enthusiasts who build watercooling at least 2/3 people don't know to give you usefull advice.
They build show rooms colorfull RGB RIGs where expensive hardware look like from Chinese marketplace.
Before I could recognize every ASUS ROG motherboard inside PC case, not I don't know is it 200$ or 600$ worth motherboard from RGBs.
And after I made some mistakes building watercooling and met with politic without intention to build quality parts I only could say this.
Radiators- HW Labs Black Ice
Reservoir-Combos-CPU-GPU-VRM blocks - Watercool Heatkiller
Fittings - Bitspower - Koolance and few others
D5 Pump wSpeed Controller search for old Laing D5 38/810N not EK, not Alphacool, not PWM, not XSPC.
If you don't want to buy this you gave up from German quality and only company who still nice present German quality and performance and give priority to other things. Now is only hope that Watercool will continue to sell quality parts.
Are you aware that some people who have material and machines for building waterblocks produce few peaces more quality than some companies who do that years. We talk about corrossion in normal water-coolant... That's not acceptable with quality parts if they match. Brands are so lazy that they don't polish block for hardware from inside because it's not visible and not touch hardware and then deserve to stay with traces from production, can you imagine... I notice that 100 times on different brands. They not polish completely inside because it's water channels or not seen.
You see that on copper, POM, Acetal...traces from drilling because polish more will need 1 hours more of working.
Sometimes people need to gave up little from personal taste if they don't want to sacrifice quality.
I would bought Noiseblocker BlackSilentPro fans looking only personal taste because they are full black and nice.
After 2 months they would be dirty and performance on beginning will not be even close to better fans, but Noctua NF-A12x25 PWM start to like me because her performance and become nice because they are good and now I love them more then any other fans. But taste push me in direction of BlackSilentPro. I could imagine their look after become dirty and old 6 months.