Originally Posted by EKJake
One issue you may encounter is that larger fans do not always perform better for the radiator. The larger blade design affects things like static pressure, so it's not simply a more is better situation. I'd find some reviews comparing them to 140mm and 120mm variants if possible both for the rad and the fans.
I prefer combos because they're less hassle to deal with and use less space (usually). Most of the genuine D5 pumps (like ours) are basically the same. Pick a brand or design you prefer.
When you say "sound", what are you referring to on the flagship motherboards? Personally, I'm very fond of Asus stuff because of features and BIOS. I also enjoy their specific design styling.
As for fittings, just match fittings to the tubing to avoid issues. I think all of the reputable and established brands like us, BP, AC, PC, and Monsoon have reliable fitting designs.
EKWB tube clamps are absolutely horrible on every level. 500$ order and I have to delay build due to 18$'s worth of garbage hose clamps. I call them garbage because that where they are going. I've been doing plumbing for over a decade, these dont work. Considering these are a premium product literally 2000% more then "off the shelf" solutions, its a fail.
Hose clamps are supposed to clamp. Which EKWB's does not. They loosly sit around the joint. The plastic used for clamp is way to hard not allowing the teeth to fully compress into eachother. Even with pliers pushing it together it only goes about half way in to itself.
But even if the product did work as intented, its still a fail. Hose clamps are supposed to be relatively easy to work and undo, thus the benefit over compression. Yours are not easy to work or undo. Leaving room for human error, product error, and frustration. Which could be acceptable if it was for some reason more durable or resilient design (like permanent crimp clamps), but its not. Both other type of clamps that rely on springs tension or screws secure better then the EKWB teeth locking clamp.
EKWB are harder to remove then both spring clamps and screw compression clamps. With sensitive parts such as cpu sockets, gpu block, etc the less force to remove the better. Dont want to wrestle a part inside a computer. Which these clamps due making you apply a significant amount of pressure.
Appeal. They do no look fashionable but cheap and plastic.
Human Error should be a huge concern when selling plumbing products to people who have 0 plumbing ability. Spring clamps have less chance of human or product error. If I didnt notice your clamps where defective I would have put them on loosly clamping to fitting. With spring clamps they always have tension so a person cant not have them tight enough.
Has anyone in the company actually thought to why they sell these type of clamps??? I would send the person making decisions some photos of the compitions selection, its far superior. As a general rule of thumb, ask a licensed plumber if he would use this part. If they say "no" ask them for different solutions. A bad plumbing job can result in 10 to millions $$$ worth of damage and they have every part they use scrutinized by dozens of state, federal, and local commissions. Theres a reasons they dont use clips like this......