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Old 19th Sep 2013, 10:53   #1
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EK launches Supremacy Clean CSQ Gold waterblock

Brings a bit of bling to its flagship line.
http://www.bit-tech.net/news/hardwar...premecy-gold/1
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Old 19th Sep 2013, 11:21   #2
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Water-cooling giant UK has announced a new addition to its line of waterblocks, designed to offer a little bling over its standard models: the EK-Supremacy Clean CSQ Gold.

Based around the company's existing EK-Supremacy Clean CSQ design, the new waterblock differs in just one very important way: the covver block has been plated with gold, giving it a rather shinier finish than the standard models.
Gareth, there's a couple of errors at the start of the article
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Old 19th Sep 2013, 11:31   #4
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Gareth, there's a couple of errors at the start of the article
Cheers for the heads-up: both fixed now. (The whole "EK-UK" thing was a constant muscle-memory typo throughout writing that piece, but I thought I'd caught all of 'em!)
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Old 19th Sep 2013, 12:34   #5
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I'm sure it won't make much difference but gold reflects heat, so I wouldn't have thought it would have been a very good thing to have on a water block.
Going to stay clear of EK these days anyway.
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I'm sure it won't make much difference but gold reflects heat, so I wouldn't have thought it would have been a very good thing to have on a water block.
Going to stay clear of EK these days anyway.
So do mirrored surfaces in general. The point being waterblocks transfer almost entirely (as in 99.999%) through conduction, which wouldn't be affected given how thin the gold layer is (and how it's still a very good heat conductor).

I really like this idea actually. It may sound a bit overly flashy, but it would definitely fit nicely with the swathes of new gold motherboards. Would be nice if they did a gold plated version of the elite though, using a coloured coolant will nullify much of the gold effect from this block I imagine.

Edit: Somehow confused a property of gold, corrected to be less confusing, original is quoted down the page anyway.
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So do mirrored surfaces in general. The point being waterblocks transfer almost entirely (as in 99.999%) through conduction, which if anything would be boosted by gold given that it's a better heat conductor than copper (not that a few microns of gold plating would help in any meaningful way though).
I thought copper was a better heat conductor than gold.
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I thought copper was a better heat conductor than gold.
You're right, I must have had some other metric in my head when I wrote that (probably was influenced by the density or something).
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So do mirrored surfaces in general. The point being waterblocks transfer almost entirely (as in 99.999%) through conduction, which wouldn't be affected given how thin the gold layer is (and how it's still a very good heat conductor).
I wouldn't like to say how good Gold is as a heat conductor but I know it's one of the best heat reflectors there is, that's why they use it in race car engine bays, on satellites and even the lunar module that landed on the moon.
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I wouldn't like to say how good Gold is as a heat conductor but I know it's one of the best heat reflectors there is, that's why they use it in race car engine bays, on satellites and even the lunar module that landed on the moon.

Oh yes that's very true, after all who could forget the gold engine lining for the McLaren F1. The thing is, it will only reflect the radiated heat, as a conductor it's no different to most metals so conducts heat very well.
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silver is better again iirc, but gold is gold... some people will buy it because it's gold... just like them 'gold plated' silly-priced Monster cables
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Oh yes that's very true, after all who could forget the gold engine lining for the McLaren F1. The thing is, it will only reflect the radiated heat, as a conductor it's no different to most metals so conducts heat very well.
Good conductor & a good reflector.
Fair enough, makes sense.
I need to learn more about the properties of gold,
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