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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 03-29-2020, 04:11 PM - Thread Starter
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Pure Copper vs Nickel Plated

Why would anybody choose to go Pure Copper if the result is guaranteed tarnishing over time? Perhaps if you plan to hide it with a dye colored coolant? Or is there a performance benefit to pure copper?

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because the nickel jobs of the world are trash and eventually flake & corrode.

whereas copper is much more visibly durable, and can be quickly polished up with stuff from home depot.

whereas, using mother's like products on your nickel with cause the nickel to fail even sooner.

you can prolong the tarnishing of copper quite a bit by using proper coolants, but it does eventually happen.

luckily, tarnishing does nothing to temps. only corrosion and fin clogging does.

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Cooper for sure. Nickel-Plated looks cool until it starts to flake off. I installed a Nickel-Plated block on my Radeon 7 and after 2 months of almost no usage it flaked off. That being said I have an EK CPU block that is nickel-plated and still spotless after years.

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and really, you're spending way too much time looking at the computer instead of using it if it matters that much to you.

not that there's anything wrong with that. I guess I just have a natural distrust in those that're a e s t h e t i c s & updoot chasers. doesn't end up meaning much in the apocalypse, unless you're using it to send morse code maybe.

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Why would anybody choose to go Pure Copper if the result is guaranteed tarnishing over time? Perhaps if you plan to hide it with a dye colored coolant? Or is there a performance benefit to pure copper?
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Main thing that causes copper to tarnish is light, mainly sun light but that really does nothing but turn it brown not black you get black and you added another item air pockets and or even mixed metals or most of all improper fluid

Obviously if you add two layers of another coating like nickle plating it's adding distance to transfer cooling...

I prefer copper or brass either one rocks

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Almost 400 W/m*K heat transfer for copper versus almost 91 W/m*K for nickel. Nuff said why would anyone want to go for bare copper.

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but what's the affect on temp when the nickel is only a few micron thick & prone to failure?

you could at least give us a plug & play equation.

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Hi,
Seems those number came from someone who also might say distilled water and silver coil is best with nickle plating

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absolutely the best method for destroying your nickel plating, yes.

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All good I read it on the internet

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