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Think I said this in another thread, but if you're in the market for an AIO, well a CLC, try to get one that doesn't have aluminum, or more specifically, one that doesn't have multiple metal types in the loop. Copper and nickel is fine if the plating is good and it has a good anti-corrosive in it. Their electrode potentials are close enough that they won't cause any major corrosion issues unless the nickel plating flakes off over time, which could be an indicator of manufacturer defect or an improper balance of additives in the liquid among other things.
Keeping the block and radiator copper will reduce the chance that corrosion will prematurely kill the pump and gunk up the system which will maintain long-term performance. Keep in mind that the glycol mixture in these loops do lose their effectiveness over time, and when that happens corrosion will increase due to the aluminum having such a large galvanic potential difference compared to copper and nickel (larger the difference, the more corrosion). You also have permeation which will lower coolant levels over time as it's absorbed in the tubing, so having a cooler that has extra coolant or some type of fill port is necessary to combat against that. There are only a couple of CLCs out there that use a copper radiator and block that I know of that allow refilling when permeation eventually causes issues with pump noise and health, and those are the Thermalright Turbo Right 360C(opper) and the be quiet! Silent loop series. There's also the AC Eisbaer series.
If you have some more money to fork over, you can take a look at the Swiftech X3, EK MLC, and Eisbaer Extreme, or just go with a DIY loop. I don't recommend using any CLC with an aluminum radiator because it will not last that long due to the above reasons, especially if there's no easy way to top it off. They're pretty much disposable after the warranty comes up, if it even makes it that long.
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Last edited by airisom2; 11-21-2019 at 02:30 PM.