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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-12-2019, 08:49 PM - Thread Starter
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Need some advice from owners of a Bykski OLED Temperature Display regarding it's construction materials

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After trying 3 separate Barrowch OLED Temperature displays that were all inaccurate (all were around 3-4C under the coolant temperature when compared to two XSPC sensors and one Bitspower sensor) I decided to give the Bykski one a try. The construction materials are listed as Aluminium and POM, same as the Barrowch units. I suspected it was the same deal in that the face plate was aluminium and the body was POM, and googling it brought up some Reddit threads that seemed to confirm this was the case. However I received it today and the whole outer body, including the threads look and feel like aluminium to me. The body is cold like metal and heavy, and there's a spot on one of the threads where the coating has slightly scratched off and it looks silver underneath.

In light of this I'm not entirely comfortable putting it in my loop until I can confirm that it's safe to do so. I know there are some users on here that have the same unit and I'm hoping they can chime in and let me know if my suspicions are true.

If it is aluminium, I don't know what they were thinking since most of Bykski's lineup of blocks and fittings etc are copper and brass to my knowledge.
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If your coolant has anti-corrosion inhibitors then youll be fine.
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Quote: Originally Posted by Rangerscott View Post
If your coolant has anti-corrosion inhibitors then youll be fine.
I'm using AquaComputer Double Protect Ultra but still, with it being a very expensive loop I don't know if I want to risk it if aluminium is going to come into contact with the fluid. There is a black coating over the whole unit but I don't know how durable it is, it doesn't appear to be anodized like the other colored models are.

I checked the bykski website and for the newer revision (V2 temp display) they are now saying it's entirely aluminium and only suitable for aluminium loops, which I find ridiculous that they would do that considering the vast majority of custom loops are copper/brass/nickel. All they had to do was make the main body out of POM and use an aluminium face plate like Barrow did and it would be fine. I might try and return the unit as it's not what I was lead to believe. :/

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I doubt youll find a copper one.

Mixed metals in coolant systems has been done since the beginning.
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Get Mayhems Biocide+ & Inhibitor+ works magic and works great with all mixed metals including aluminum this way you know that your components are safe and protected even if you not sure what exactly they made of.
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Quote: Originally Posted by Rangerscott View Post
I doubt youll find a copper one.

Mixed metals in coolant systems has been done since the beginning.
Yeah I don't expect to find a copper one, as I mentioned when I bought it I expected the body to be made of POM (acetal) like pretty much all other inline temp and flow displays, that way it's safe for any cooling system. Barrow does this and uses aluminium for the face plate only. The place I purchased this Bykski one from said "Aluminium+POM" just like Barrow, but in reality it's all aluminium..

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Quote: Originally Posted by Rangerscott View Post
Hmmmm
I have seen that one, however it's too big to fit where my temp display is (sits on top of my RAM) and the power plug (which isn't shown in the pictures) is ugly as hell haha. It's a straight DC plug that sticks straight out the top. They made it mostly out of plastic which is good though, no aluminium.

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Quote: Originally Posted by Zammin View Post
Hi everyone

After trying 3 separate Barrowch OLED Temperature displays that were all inaccurate (all were around 3-4C under the coolant temperature when compared to two XSPC sensors and one Bitspower sensor)......
So, then why not just stick with the XSPC or Bitspower? Do they not fit where you want them, or is there another issue with them?

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Quote: Originally Posted by ciarlatano View Post
So, then why not just stick with the XSPC or Bitspower? Do they not fit where you want them, or is there another issue with them?
They are G1/4 temperature plugs, not displays. I have an XSPC one that my fans are running off but I wanted an OLED display as well, I currently have a Barrow one in there that matches my Barrow OLED flow meter but it's 3-4C under the real temperature, I've tested two more Barrow units and they aren't accurate either which is why I wanted to try the Bykski version to see if it was accurate enough, but if it's made of all aluminium it's probably not worth the risk.

The only other inline temp display I know of is Thermaltake's one, but it won't fit in the spot on top of my RAM.
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