- Aug 28, 2014
Yeah I'm waiting to hear what they have to say as well. Though I would not jump the gun and say it is a 100% fail rate. Yes there are a lot of similar complaints out there, but mine is working ok so far, but I am keeping a very close watch on it. I will see when its age hits 6mths - 1 year.I wonder if they responded to Kyle's inquiry. Maybe hardocp should retract the award and add more info to the review. Because there are literally people that bought a 100% failure rate product as a result of the review .
This is not a $100-range AIO. It is easily the most expensive AIO I have ever purchased ($180 CAD). At this point I would not say they have all failed. On the other side of that we have not heard from everyone that experienced this degrading performance issue. So far mine is working fine, but it is only a month & 1/2 old. However Enermax does resell other water coolers so I expect them to have the chops to be able to create/source a unique one like this that has coolant and parts that do not interact with each other or plug the waterblock up with sludge. If it does, well, I have a full custom loop on the way to replace it.100% would imply they all failed, nobody intelligent samples at size=1. There has been no recall or supply notice yet, not to mention my pair still work fine every day so far. (data is not the plural of anecdote blah blah etc)
Maybe you should wait a bit before jumping to conclusions or internet hysteria hyperbole, having been in the computer parts world for awhile (among others) its more likely particular supply batches or production runs had problems than an entire line being defective. They would probably at least be off the shelves by now if the total fail rate was high enough to drive RMA costs through the roof or the first waves revealed a huge design flaw. Regardless of the outcome it takes time to play out.
With the various early reports there is definitely a closer eye being kept on these, I'm sure I'm not the only one logging pump rpm, cpu temps, ambient and load (otherwise temp is basically useless) full time now. With summer heat kicking in still no degradation yet.
Big picture this is the dice you roll with $100-range AIOs versus the gpu+cpu loop I want to build for TR2 will be $700+ easy, and thats just for a workhorse/man-portable setup not balls to the wall fancy.