I had already not made it easy for myself last year, but dealt with products from the OEM Apaltek for a long time, for example. A lot of well-known suppliers were affected, such as MSI, Enermax and Fractal. But the list could be continued. I already wrote about clogged coolers and hoses, defective pumps and the theory behind the cooling fluids and their additives 2 years ago. After a very complex analysis with the scanning electron microscope (SEM) and with the help of energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), I was able to get much closer to the actual cause of the failure of the AIO last year.
Originally I suspected a contamination of the coolant up to the use of cheap “Aqua Plumbi” (i.e. tap water) instead of a clean osmosis reverse filtrate. Because in the residues of the cooling liquid even substances were found, which one finds otherwise rather in shampoos. The liquids used had various residues that had no business being there, but it came much thicker in the end. Nevertheless, I would like to weave in the contents of the investigation at that time, because the reading is really useful and it applies unfortunately also here in the full extent.
However, I have to make one important preliminary remark: Lian Li currently sells a purely externally identical version 2 of the Galahad, which I would like to exclude from this purchase warning for now, since I don’t have any data for it yet.
The dying swan in white: Lian Li Galahad 360 (1st version)
Since I knew that Lian Li also has the Galahad 360 manufactured by Apaltek, I wrote to Lian Li directly after my investigations, just like many other companies from which I knew which assembly line the products come from. While MSI and Fractal, for example, responded immediately and proactively, I unfortunately never received a response from Lian Li. At some point, I also tuned out the problem because there were enough other things to test. If you don’t want to, you just don’t want to.
At this point comes now the colleague BastelNerd comes into play. This is ReneSchlüter, who is active as a content creator on YouTube, Twitch, TikTok and Instagram, but has also been building custom PCs since 1999. So far, so unspectacular. But if the painstakingly built PC suddenly stops cooling, then of course you have to look for the causes. AIO, cold hose, hot hose? That’s right, there was something before! The affected AIO compact water cooling was already purchased in fall 2021.
Only, such a product should already last longer than 1.5 years. And so the colleague first removed the whole thing…
… to then open the AIO. The two housewife brakes (safety screws) are no hurdle for real nerds anyway. And what do you see then? Exactly the same crystalline crumb as last year. Same manufacturer, same clogging!
Even the somewhat spongy consistency was absolutely identical. This is a feat, because the same manufacturing process was used. But I’ll get to that in a moment. Back to the next photo: No more water penetrates through this jetplate. Everything is tight and it also explains the high temperatures.
If you take everything apart, you can see the completely blocked and sealed cooling fins. There is really nothing more (through)!
We see, analogous to our disassembled test samples, the same yellowish liquid with crystalline chunks and floating particles. Replacing that doesn’t make sense anymore either, because the radiator is clogged as well.