Compression Fittings for PC Watercooling Applications
Which is better for me, Barbs or Fittings?
We get this question at least once per week and it depends on the user. Compressions have the advantage of a super clean look to them, but can be more difficult to install by the average user. Flow rate is no more or less than standard barbs, as we know with Bitspower, their barbs have the same inner diameter as their compressions. As well, compression fittings are no more or less safe than a Barbed fitting, because it will depend on whether or not they are installed correctly.
A compression fitting designed for watercooling has two pieces: The barbed base and a locking ring. The locking ring slides onto the tube, which is then pushed onto the barb. The locking ring can then be pulled down, and turned to tighten and compress the plastic tubing. This provides the clean, tool-less look that enthusiast watercoolers are after.