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    Default Water Cooling corrosion test.

    Last year EK received a few reports of excessive staining in EK products and also some reports of corrosion.
    EK lab therefore undertook laboratory testing to investigate these occurrences and the results both confirmed the reports and demonstrated how the staining and corrosion could be avoided. The tests showed that only coolants with anti-corrosive additive keep water blocks clean, corrosion free and easy to maintain in the long run. Using other coolants, such as distilled water, with or without algicide, will result in staining, pitting and ultimately corrosion of the blocks. The report includes pictures of all the test results, clearly illustrating the significant benefits of using an anti-corrosion additive.

    How does it come to that?
    1. Distilled water is great coolant at first, but quickly becomes increasingly polluted, inevitably resulting in staining.
    2. In the loop there are different metals with different electrode potentials. Galvanic corrosion (called dissimilar metal corrosion) is the process by which metals in contact with each other oxidize or corrode. There are three conditions that must exist for galvanic corrosion to occur.
    a. First there must be two electrochemically dissimilar metals present.
    b. Second, there must be an electrically conductive path between the two metals.
    c. And third, there must be a conductive path for the metal ions to move from the more anodic metal to the more cathodic metal. (Distilled water becomes proportionally very conductive over time, compared to initial values and features.)
    If any one of these three conditions does not exist, galvanic corrosion will not occur.

    We would like to appeal to all users which want to have long lasting pride and joy in their projects to start using quality coolants with anti-corrosion additive. Several coolants performed well in the tests, and are recommended. You can see the test results for the coolants in this report.
    http://www.ekwaterblocks.com/index.p...t01returnid=17

    Full test document

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    Default Re: Water Cooling corrosion test.

    Now they need to do the exact same test on the competitor's block.

    LOL...on their conclusion.
    Regardless of the better anti-corrosion resistance of EN compared to the galvanic plating, the surface became much dirtier (staining/discoloration) after the use of distilled water without
    anticorrosion additives. Some deposits might also have been the result of plasticizer leakage,
    coming from tubes. EKWB strongly recommends the use of coolants, such as EK-Ekoolant
    which was tested along with similar coolants such as Thermochill EC6. Fluid XP proved to be
    satisfactory, but due to its alcohol content, it is not recommended for use with EK products.
    what they are saying is their nickle plated blocks can't be used with distilled water or even with glycol coolant either.

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    Default Re: Water Cooling corrosion test.

    Quote Originally Posted by Deton View Post
    Now they need to do the exact same test on the competitor's block.

    LOL...on their conclusion.


    what they are saying is their nickle plated blocks can't be used with distilled water or even with glycol coolant either.
    Before I saw your reply, I said the same thing. LOL. I will never buy an EK product and I hope the entire community feels the same way. Companies like this should not be in business if they do not take care of their mistakes and short comings.

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    Default Re: Water Cooling corrosion test.

    Quote Originally Posted by Deton View Post
    Now they need to do the exact same test on the competitor's block.

    LOL...on their conclusion.


    what they are saying is their nickle plated blocks can't be used with distilled water or even with glycol coolant either.
    Quote Originally Posted by Drdeath View Post
    Before I saw your reply, I said the same thing. LOL. I will never buy an EK product and I hope the entire community feels the same way. Companies like this should not be in business if they do not take care of their mistakes and short comings.
    My thoughts Exactly.. I've been running my other blocks the same way I ran my EK block. I haven't had any issues with them.. Only my EK block..
    Which is why I refuse to buy ANY EK product. They do NOT have the interest to protect their customers.

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    Default Re: Water Cooling corrosion test.

    How are Thermaltake Liquide cooling products? Any experience?

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    Default Re: Water Cooling corrosion test.

    Quote Originally Posted by alfredshuryan View Post
    How are Thermaltake Liquide cooling products? Any experience?
    Terrible. Stay away. They usually use mixed metals in the bigwater product and that is a sin for waco.

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    Default Re: Water Cooling corrosion test.

    For any blocks (other than GPU blocks) contact Michael @ MIPS Premium Watercooling Made In Germany. I have one of their Maximus IV Extreme-Z blocks on my board, and their quality control is superb.
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    Default Re: Water Cooling corrosion test.

    Quote Originally Posted by shattered.likeness View Post
    For any blocks (other than GPU blocks) contact Michael @ MIPS Premium Watercooling Made In Germany. I have one of their Maximus IV Extreme-Z blocks on my board, and their quality control is superb.

    Those are some real cool blocks....



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    Default Re: Water Cooling corrosion test.

    Do not like the looks of that block, kinda reminds me of an insignia from a Star Trek movie lol

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    Default Re: Water Cooling corrosion test.

    Al, TT may have improved their water cooling systems, it's been a long time since I've used one but they were never that great, at least to use for overclocking. If they haven't changed anything, you would be better off with a H100 or the Antec 920. Let me do a little research on TT latest water cooling systems and I'll email you later this evening or tomorrow morning.

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