Barrow brand, any good ?

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  1. Omarko

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    That guy has an eBay store, just search barrow fittings, they're all good quality I've got quite a few in my loop at the moment
     
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    Isn't it just re-branded Bitspower gear? I'm 99.9% sure it is.
     
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    Short answer: Yes!
     
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    I currently have all Barrow fittings in my loop and actually prefer them over the EK ones I had prior.
     
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    ok thanks guys, what about the quality of blocks, pump and radiators?
     
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    They are not identical, slightly different finishing too

    Afaik Bitspower is made in TW, Barrow is made in mainland China

    BP has a larger range and more colour options but of course alot more expensive

    https://i.ytimg.com/vi/s_HQqe50ZxY/maxresdefault.jpg
     
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    Can definitely recommend them. Have done a few builds of both flexible and rigid tubing. The latest 'version' of the compression fittings are even nicer than the original :)

    Have used a lot of the rotating fittings, and also the card extenders without a single issue.

    I prefer them to the BitsPower because you save a lot of money, AND I like the minimalist look better anyway (eg no stupid logos on every single fittings).
     
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    Wow that's like $200 for a full kit... decent 240 AIO's cost $150ish.

    Didn't know you could go that cheap for "custom" water cooling. Guess Ill keep that in mind for next time. Happy with my corsair h115i atm though.
     
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    My rigid loop is all barrow. Great fittings.
     
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    yeah thats what I as thinking as well, so cheap for a custom watercooling setup. I am thinking of buying one and upgrading my Kraken for a bit of fun and something to tinker with and resist a more expensive but not needed upgrade ! Shame their other kits are so expensive once you include a waterblock for GPU and another rad and pump. $850 for CPU and GPU is bit too much.
     
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    In a bit late........the barrow water sensor is next to useless.

    It is noisy & requires you to put in flow restrictions before it will provide sufficient rpm for the flow sensor......a known issue it would appear after reviewing after I purchased, sigh!

    Ended up throwing it into the bin & redoing my loop asap!


    Not sure on other barrow products but based on this sensor alone I would not be inclined to trust them in a system that you have invested heavily!:Paranoid:
     
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    Just about every flow meter causes trouble. It's why you'll find NOBODY recommends you put one in. Plenty of people have had issues with them (other brands as well) as they're just a leak point

    I've used tons of barrow fittings and defiantly recommend them
     
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    Another recommendation here. It's very good gear, and well-priced.

    If you need stuff locally, have a chat to Hugh at mydiyau on eBay. Top fella.
     
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    Cannot recommend Hugh Fan highly enough. The Barrow products are excellent, they aren't rebranded BP, just made to the same quality, probably by the same factory.

    I've never seen a flow indicator that worked properly or didn't leak. My flow indicator is my reservoir..

    Buy Barrow, from mydiy.com.au , you won't be sorry. Got some special needs? Send Hugh a message, you'll find him extremely knowledgeable and helpful.
     
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    My bad for not doing enough research before impulse buying:o

    Good to hear that the other fittings are fine!
     
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    I think all visual style flowmeters available from yhe PC fraternity either leak, make too much noise or stop working all too easily.

    This is why I chose an industrial type rotameter in my build to give a visual flow indication.
     
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    This guy seems to know what he is talking about.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_HQqe50ZxY&t=2s

    And here is some interesting Barrow stuff.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlDsXDQxsc4
     
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    I have a Primochill Vortex flow indicator in my loop and haven't had any issues.
     
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    Have used barrow 90deg rotary adapters and extenders in my recent build. The rest are EK hardline 12mm compressions but after seeing the barrow fittings I'd have preferred those. Also the taps/valves are not bad.

    Just received a couple of DDC 3.2 res/top combos and they are not bad for the price. The only return to the res is via the top cap which has two ports (one with an acrylic tube internally). So to unscrew the cap you have to remove the loop return. There's no return option in the block part that fits onto the pump which is a bit annoying. They do a mini res which is only about 10cm tall (excluding pump) which is great for tight builds.

    Also, the 120/140mm pump mount brackets that fit onto fans are dirt cheap compared to the EK ones.

    Formula Mod on Aliexpress is pretty reliable. Pay for e-EMS if you want it within 2 weeks though.

    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Bar...32717409924.html?spm=2114.13010608.0.0.0HqagQ
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    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/G1-.../1701567170.html?spm=2114.13010608.0.0.MwYWp8

    All of the above have been good quality so far.

    Bought a couple of these blocks for a dual xeon 1356 socket build. They use M3 threaded posts which is perfect for the xeon sockets. The backplate is built into the socket so can't be replaced with the one you get with cpu cooler kits. Not as many channels as the more expensive blocks but the fit and finish is nice. Should do a good job for stock xeon clocks. For $30 each delivered I can't complain.

    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/NEW...32704880636.html?spm=2114.13010608.0.0.0HqagQ

    Also, don't forget that you can get 7% cashback on Aliexpress through CashRewards...
     
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