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Modding What is the best UV water-cooling coolant?

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by brumgrunt, 12 Mar 2012.

  1. brumgrunt

    brumgrunt New Member

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  2. Parge

    Parge the worst Super Moderator

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    JUST as I was trying to decide what to use..... You've come up trumps.
     
  3. Baz

    Baz I work for Corsair

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    I've tried both pre-mix coolants and de-ionised water, and it's always been the price difference that's kept me using de-ionised. With some of these pre-mixed getting much cheaper though (Iremember paying £10/ltr for Feser One once), I think it'll be some UV fun for my upcoming loop rebuild.
     
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    Parge the worst Super Moderator

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    I'm interested in using Blue coolant, has anyone found that this reacts well under UV or not?
     
  5. bdigital

    bdigital Is re-building his PC again

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    The coolant in my sig rig pics is EK. keep in mind though that when you light a uv reactive fluid up, it makes it look solid rather than transparant/see through.

    Depends what look your after.
     
  6. David

    David RIP Tel

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    Another timely article, for me.

    I'm fed up with Feser One gunking up my loop, and I'm looking for a replacement.

    What do you use with it, Harry? Inhibitor and kill coils?
     
  7. Bloody_Pete

    Bloody_Pete Technophile

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    I still prefer the look of solid colour tubing personally, which is another test you guys should do as finding red UV tubing that glows red instead of orange is impossible!!!!

    I really want some Mayhem's Aurora though!!!

    I just use a Kill Coil with mine and it's still perfect...
     
  8. warejon9

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    Looking forward to seeing the temperature differences more than anything, colour doesn't bother me.
     
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    [ZiiP] NaloaC Well-Known Member

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    The green Nanoxia looks lovely!

    I have Feser UV red in my current build and whilst it will earn me disdain from many WC users out there, I haven't flushed it out in 4 years. Still runs like a dream with temps between 24-26 degrees constantly. It's only a work PC these days for my PhD. Gaming rig is on air.

    I bought 2 litres of Feser One when I built this rig about 4 years ago and I still have over a litre left.

    Nice article all-round.
     
  10. Woodspoon

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    Little surprised by the lack of a Feser one product in the line up, but other than that nice article.
     
  11. vampalan

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    What's wrong with Feser liquids? Something I missed?
    I've been using it in my two different systems, and was wondering why it wasn't on the line up here.
     
  12. Krikkit

    Krikkit All glory to the hypnotoad! Super Moderator

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    For those thinking of using de-ionised water + additives, 2.5L of it can be had in your local supermarket for about £2.

    My loop isn't for looking at, so I just use water + car coolant additive/corrosion inhibitor. Works a treat.
     
  13. BrightCandle

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    Its extremely unlikely that the liquid actually benefited cooling by 2C delta, something is wrong there.

    For many watercoolers the key question is does it split over time? We have had problems with Feser's liquids and others where the colour dye in the liquid deposits itself in the blocks and radiators impacting performance pretty significantly over time. More importantly it damages components, some of which (rads) are very hard to clean after its happened.

    Most serious watercoolers these days seem to use coloured tubes and clear liquids. This avoids the problem of the liquid splitting and ensures maximum performance because every additive decreases the purity of the water and decreasing its performance.
     
  14. Big Elf

    Big Elf Oh no! Not another f----ing elf!

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    I'll look forward to Mayhem's comments. The basis of all the UV fluids is, I believe, distilled water. By adding dyes, anti-corrosion etc. you're adding 'contaminants' that should adversely effect the thermal performance yet de-ionised is coming out with the worst thermal performance by a significant amount. Something not quite right there.

    Edit: The 'gunking' apparently caused by various dyes is more likely to be plasticiser leaching from the tubing and being dyed giving the impression it's the dye that's 'gunked' up.
     
  15. disturbed13

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    Im very interested in the temps of everything from the UV fluids to reg fluids, and distilled/de-ionized water. could you guys also take a look at Mineral Oil? im wondering how well that works or not.
    cant wait to read more
     
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    After trying a few different coolants and having them stain the heck out of my tubes and clog up my blocks, ive gone distilled with a kill coil and never looked back.
     
  17. phuzz

    phuzz This is a title

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    I've been running just distilled water (picked up a big bottle of it from halfords about 10 years ago) in my loop for years with no additives or problems.
    I figured that I ought to have some corrosion protection and the clear EK coolant worked out cheaper than a tiny bottle of additive, so that's what I'm running now. No difference in temps.
     
  18. mayhem

    mayhem Owner of Mayhems

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    Hi there. Just a pointer from Mayhems.

    The UV red show is a older mix from last year if you would like the latest version to test again then please let us know as the UV aspect of it is much better all so the performance is now so close to water you will be amazed.

    The new bottles dont have the old style paper sticker but a Newer plastic covered sticker with bar codes and more information on.

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    You can see even though the bottle is frosted it much better red.

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    Cyberpower-UK Professional Overclocker

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    Did you test long term stability at high temperatures and acid/basic conditions?
     
  20. PingCrosby

    PingCrosby New Member

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    I accidentely drank a bottle of Mayhems thinking it was a cocktail at my mates party. My partner didn't sleep for two weeks and just kept shouting ' turn that flamin light off ' at me, and could I as hell get warm.
     
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