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hard line vs soft tube

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2 minutes ago, MJG said:

benefits other than reliability and looks when going with a hard line vs soft tube custom loop?

Nope. Aesthetics only.


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Zero benefits beyond looks. I would gander than Soft is actually more secure compared to hardline and costs are significantly less with Soft Tube compared to hardline. 


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3 minutes ago, Skiiwee29 said:

Zero benefits beyond looks. I would gander than Soft is actually more secure compared to hardline and costs are significantly less with Soft Tube compared to hardline. 

Really, how so? I figured that hard line would be more durable. That is great to know

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Just now, MJG said:

Really, how so? I figured that hard line would be more durable. That is great to know

Hardline tubes and fittings have a tolerance on them and sometimes they dont quite fit up properly. Also, just look at Bitwit and his Hotline build where his hardline tubes fell out of his GPU and spewed everything everywhere. 

 

 


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Soft tubes will absorb color over time, and some soft tubing will leach plasticizer. Tubes that leach plasticizer can gunk up blocks.

 

PETG hard tube will stain slightly and it's comparatively dull for a hard tube, it'll also have chemical reactions with Ethylene Glycol coolants (how severe depends on the composition of the coolant). It also allows a bit of flex in the lines.

 

Acrylic plays nicely with just about all coolants and doesn't stain as much as PETG, but it's brittle and hard to bend.

 

Borosilicate Glass also plays nicely with about all coolants, doesn't stain, but it's also brittle. It's very hard to bend, most people will basically need to use fittings for the bends.

 

 

With Acrylic and Borosilicate, just don't go swinging hammers in your case and you should be fine.

 

 

 

 

ALSO, you can use copper and plated brass tubes.

 

Copper tubes will work with any copper loop and any copper compatible coolant (basically all of them), it's easy to bend with the correct size bender, and looks good polished.

 

Electroplated brass tubes typically aren't made to be bent, and you need to make sure your coolant is compatible with brass.

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Forgot the metal tubes

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13 hours ago, Drak3 said:

Soft tubes will absorb color over time, and some soft tubing will leach plasticizer. Tubes that leach plasticizer can gunk up blocks.

 

PETG hard tube will stain slightly and it's comparatively dull for a hard tube, it'll also have chemical reactions with Ethylene Glycol coolants (how severe depends on the composition of the coolant). It also allows a bit of flex in the lines.

 

Acrylic plays nicely with just about all coolants and doesn't stain as much as PETG, but it's brittle and hard to bend.

 

Borosilicate Glass also plays nicely with about all coolants, doesn't stain, but it's also brittle. It's very hard to bend, most people will basically need to use fittings for the bends.

 

 

With Acrylic and Borosilicate, just don't go swinging hammers in your case and you should be fine.

 

 

 

 

ALSO, you can use copper and plated brass tubes.

 

Copper tubes will work with any copper loop and any copper compatible coolant (basically all of them), it's easy to bend with the correct size bender, and looks good polished.

 

Electroplated brass tubes typically aren't made to be bent, and you need to make sure your coolant is compatible with brass.

Thanks, you def educated me alot here

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the biggest advantage of soft tubing is its flexibility, it is very unlikely that people change the cpu after assembling the loop but with soft tube you do not need to even drain the system to change CPU or even MB.


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