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Barrow Hard Tube Choice (w/ anti-off o-rings) vs. v4 (with 4 regular o-rings) fittings

What is the difference between the two hard tube fittings below and why would one use one vs. the other? I know the v4 is their latest fitting but won't the choice fittings with the large anti-off o-ring be better? @Avacado , any comments on this?

v4 - http://www.barrowint.com/plus/view.php?aid=1326
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I’ve used both styles of bitspower fitting in my build. I like the push in version for areas its hard to get my fat fingers in. Something it’s just easier to push the tubing in than having to twist down the collar.

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I’ve used both styles of bitspower fitting in my build. I like the push in version for areas its hard to get my fat fingers in. Something it’s just easier to push the tubing in than having to twist down the collar.
Both of the fittings I've linked to have collars (compression fittings). The v4 has I think 4 regular o-rings in total and the choice has one huge o-ring and one regular o-ring in total. I'm not considering using push-in fittings at all

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Im sorry you're right I though the second one was like these

https://www.titanrig.com/bitspower-g...xx.html#93=171

the differance would be astitics and clearance

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Im sorry you're right I though the second one was like these



https://www.titanrig.com/bitspower-g...xx.html#93=171



the differance would be astitics and clearance
Yeah, I try to stay away from those.

What do you mean by clearance?

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I have the Barrow V4 fittings and I have been using them for almost 2 years without problems.
I have also ordered some Bykski fitting with the big rubber insert like the Barrows that you link. It seems to grip the tube a bit better, but I'm not sure if it seals as well on the fitting metal.

A pro of the fittings with the big rubber insert, is that the base of the fitting isn't that height and it's easier to insert and remove the tubing.
The Barrow V4 fittings are so high, that sometimes need to get creative to get the tubing in.

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I have the Barrow V4 fittings and I have been using them for almost 2 years without problems.

I have also ordered some Bykski fitting with the big rubber insert like the Barrows that you link. It seems to grip the tube a bit better, but I'm not sure if it seals as well on the fitting metal.



A pro of the fittings with the big rubber insert, is that the base of the fitting isn't that height and it's easier to insert and remove the tubing.

The Barrow V4 fittings are so high, that sometimes need to get creative to get the tubing in.
I see. You mean when you try inserting the hard tubes in, it's more difficult than some tubing because hard tubes are kinda harder to bend, correct? And having a high base for the fittings kinda interferes with the whole process?

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Quote: Originally Posted by kevindd992002 View Post
I see. You mean when you try inserting the hard tubes in, it's more difficult than some tubing because hard tubes are kinda harder to bend, correct? And having a high base for the fittings kinda interferes with the whole process?

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Yes, the high base can make it difficult. If click on my build, you'll see the CPU to top rad run. I had to insert the tube into my GPU block and then lift up the radiator by 15mm to get the tube in. I can't get the tube in the fitting of the rad without lifting the radiator. I lucky my R6 supports that, but in other case this isn't possible.
But with the newer fitting with big rubber on low base, this wouldn't be an issue.

Also the reservoir to GPU run is a bit hard. I need to insert my tube in the GPU fitting with the tube vertical to the motherboard. Then attach the other fitting and 90° adapter on the tube and then twist into the reservoir.
I haven't got enough clearance between the PSU shroud and GPU to normally fit the tube in the high V4 fittings. This wouldn't be any issue with the newer style fitting.

The Barrow V4 fittings aren't the easiest to work with because of their hight, but they contain 4 O-rings which makes them reliable. I know they work because all 12 fittings I'm using are holding up for the past 2 years.
I bought 4 Bykski fitting to test and they seem promising when I do an air pressure test and it's really hard to pull the tubing out if you locked them in well. But I can't tell how reliable they are in the long run.

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I see. Are you saying the choice fittings are newer than the v4's? It's also worth noting that the choice fittings have inner hexagons which makes them very easy to unscrew when it's time to clean your loop.

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I see. Are you saying the choice fittings are newer than the v4's? It's also worth noting that the choice fittings have inner hexagons which makes them very easy to unscrew when it's time to clean your loop.
Yes, the choice is newer. It came out 6 months ago or something like that.
The V4 fittings have a ribbled base that you can tighten with your hands. It offers a lot of grip.
The Choice fittings only have threads on the outside of the base, so you will cut you fingers if you try to tighten them that way so a hex tool is necessary here.

I bought these Bykski fititngs to try: https://www.bykski.us/collections/ri...ck-b-fthtj-l16
I like the look of the outer collar. It's looks like the Barrow V4 fittings which is a nice design. But the base is silver coloured and the rubber insert is blue. I like that the Barrow Choice fittings have a black base and black insert. But other than the design, I don't see any differences between them. The base and rubber of the Bykski and Barrow fittings look exactly the same.

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