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    Default Gold plated EK Cpu Block?

    EK has made a gold plated cpu block to match the new Asus Z87 motherboards. What do you think?



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    Default Re: Gold plated EK Cpu Block?

    what is the value of there being gold involved?
    i see it having a better corrosion resistance than aluminum or copper
    but wouldnt titanium be better?
    and dosent copper have a better heat transferance ratio?

    i can not see gold ever being a good idea
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    Default Re: Gold plated EK Cpu Block?

    you make a good point. i would love to hear Tony and Kenny's view on this.
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    Default Re: Gold plated EK Cpu Block?

    Why the hell would you buy gold plated???????

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    Default Re: Gold plated EK Cpu Block?

    Wouldn't you "bling out" something that you maybe wanted to see? Dunno why this slab o' crap got plated.

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    Default Re: Gold plated EK Cpu Block?

    Oh yeah, bling the CPU XD

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    Default Re: Gold plated EK Cpu Block?

    These are gold plated. The block is still copper.
    This does add some bling to the blocks, but its more aesthetics then performance. Nickle plated or Gold Plated, IMO it won't make much difference in cooling. Maybe 1c at the most if any at all.
    But since I haven't tested these water blocks, so who knows.. Maybe their will be a difference.

    Maybe Stan can get one in for review so we can find out.

    When it comes to corrosion, it going to be just like nickle plating, as long as the plating is good, I don't foresee any problems.

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    Default Re: Gold plated EK Cpu Block?

    But its still different price-wise

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    Default Re: Gold plated EK Cpu Block?

    Thermal conductivity materials rated as following;

    Silver - 429 k - W(m.K)
    Copper - 401 k - W(m.K)
    Gold - 310 k - W(m.K)
    Aluminum - 205 k - W(m.K)
    Brass - 109 k - W(m.K)
    Nickel - 91 k - W(m.K)

    As you can see, copper has better thermal conductivity properties than gold. However, gold has 0 potential galvanic corrosion but how come we don't see a lot of gold plated block but just nickel or chrome? Because of the cost.

    Regarding to the above block, I'm sure it costs more than the copper or nickel plated version, and as for performance wise; there are no different between these versions. IMO, just gold plated base is wasted of money because you can see it after installed even with the acrylic top because you can see it with colored coolant.

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    Default Re: Gold plated EK Cpu Block?

    Well you can use silver plated, and never have it corrode

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    Default Re: Gold plated EK Cpu Block?

    It's all in the bling

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    Default Re: Gold plated EK Cpu Block?

    Lol why dont you go ahead and buy a gold plated case and motherboard XD

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    Default Re: Gold plated EK Cpu Block?

    Because
    1) You can't plate the garbage steel most cases are made from, and can't plate aluminum at all.
    2) Most motherboards contain a lot of gold already, as a conductor.

    Queue the joke about nickel-plated delrin waterblocks.

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    Default Re: Gold plated EK Cpu Block?

    Looool XD Your great

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    Default Re: Gold plated EK Cpu Block?

    That looks more like a greenish gold lol

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    Default Re: Gold plated EK Cpu Block?

    I wonder if this could be for smoother water passage? gold tends not to get gunked up so is it possible? totally a guess tho,

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