FAQ & Section InfoWhat type of block should I use?
As a rule of thumb it is best to stick with aluminum or copper. Copper is a better conductor of heat so keep that in mind when choosing the block for your system. We recommend sticking to those two metals to prevent galvanic corrosion. The more metals you introduce to your loop the more prone it will be to corrosion.
What is galvanic corrosion? Galvanic corrosion is an electrochemical process where one metal corrodes to another when in electrical contact via an electrolyte. In layman terms this means when using one or more type of metal with distilled water there is a potential for one metal to corrode the other.
What is the purpose of the CPU block in a water loop?
The CPU block is the interface between the processor and the loop. They are typically made of a highly conductive metal (such as copper) and will be designed to mount to your socket. The base of a CPU block touches the processor and the opposite end connects to your loop to drive the heat away. These blocks fit different sockets so be sure to check the descriptions to match your motherboard type - including LGA2011, LGA1151, LGA1150, FM2, AM3, and all future releases.
What company makes the best CPU block?
This can really vary as every block is unique and can fit different needs. We recommend going with some of the big names out there - Alphacool, Swiftech, EK, and XSPC.
Do I need a water block for my loop?
Yes! The waterblock is what connects your loop to your CPU, graphics card, or whatever other device you are trying to cool.