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ALUMIA by JR23

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by JR23, Jul 5, 2017.

  1. JR23

    Gangster

    Joined: Aug 25, 2011

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    Very fitting that update 10 marks the introduction of XTC, 10 years after MDPC-X introduced the original blackest black sleeving.

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    It came as quite a surprise when Nils announced a second sleeve was on the way, I had to try it so rather than just starting with a little sample I figured 100m was required to get to know it.

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    And as i'm sure many know already, sometimes it's quite difficult to just 'stop' adding MDPC-X items to the cart. So 100m of 15AWG which i've yet to properly try out, 1000 15AWG crimps then seemed obvious, 1000 shrinks.. because and then a CTX3 naturally as I seem to be getting 15AWG everything. Then all the new dupont stuff... plus some Carbon-BTI for imersa.

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    So about 3 minutes into try that new sleeve and chill...

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    Four identical wires, two sleeved with classic small black, two sleeved with XTC black.

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    The difference is certainly a subtle one and a mere civilian would be hard pressed to tell the difference on looks alone. Which is definitely a good thing. When stretched to the maximum they both hold onto the 15AWG wire with ease, no discernible difference to melt and as demonstrated both absolutely glorious to train.

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    So which would I recommend you may ask? Well in the hands of an experienced user they are both equally capable, classic is slightly more versatile as it will expand around much larger wires and terminals as needed. XTC however is extremely reluctant to change diameter or length making it effortless to obtain maximum stretch on a single PSU wire. So for new users doing purely 15AWG PSU wires XTC is easier to get tight results that hold shape. If you've got a huge collection of classic MDPC-X and some skills to go with it then I see no reason to run out and replace it all immediately, but do try XTC!

    For ALUMIA I will definitely be using XTC, perhaps after 70 or 80 wires i'll change my opinion but the fractionally denser and rougher texture will certainly fit in. Also, it will be entirely black with the Noctua brown fan corners being the only 'colour' in the build.

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  2. LePhuronn

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    I'm looking at becoming a real boy very soon and breaking my MDPC-X virginity, so I'll be very interested in how you get on with XTC. I also wasn't going higher than 18AWG at first, but with everything in one place it seems silly not to.

    Baited breath, etc.
     
  3. klaxhu

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    Joined: Nov 28, 2012

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    talking about detail: changing the stickers/plates on the fans. damn!
    very nice work and some awesome pictures
    PS: why did you get the case from Romania, may I ask?
     
  4. Smffy

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    FYI Very easy means of doing that on your own fans is just to get some blanks on ebay - 40mm is about the exact diameter on most fans. By 'blanks' that is what they are called, I used 'copper blanks' in my build and they look far superior to the stickers on the back :)
     
  5. JR23

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    Running solid also www.3dmark.com/fs/13738684, going to be very good once under water!

    MDPC-X 15AWG has a smaller OD than some 18AWG I would usually use. It is all absolutely excellent together though, particularly the 15AWG crimps.

    That's just where the EU Caselabby distributors are, I don't think Caselabs can sell standard items directly to the EU as part of their agreement but either way with shipping and then VAT handling charges it would of been more expensive. Especially as the Bullets ship assembled.

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  6. LePhuronn

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    SOLD! I did notice on Nils' recent Facebook posts that his 15AWG was only 2.5mm OD which is the same as some of the other wire I'd been looking at.

    I guess for my very first set of custom cables I'll play it safe and just get everything from a single, trusted source. And then never stray from MDPC-X glory ever again, no doubt!
     
  7. mods1965

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    Any one know how MDPC-X compares to Teleios? I assume they are pretty much the same?
     
  8. 8 Pack

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    Joined: Feb 20, 2012

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    MDPC better than Teleios having used both extensively in our builds here. Companies such as Pexon pretty much all switching to MDPC now.
     


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