Barb Fitting

The Optimus barb fitting is a professional fitting designed for critical cooling applications. With extreme corrosion-resistant Pro-XE nickel and EPDM o-rings, the Optimus barb was originally designedfor a professional AI company requiring absolute reliability and performance in any condition.

The Optimus barb fitting uses a single ridge to pair with a hose clamp for maximum holding strength regardless of tubing material.

Barb fitting made for 10mm (⅜”) tubing.

  • US-sourced high grade "360" brass
  • Extreme corrosion-resistant Pro-XE nickel
  • 8mm internal hex socket
  • No knurl design
  • EPDM o-rings  
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FLEX COMPRESSION FITTINGS

BULLETPROOF DESIGN FOR PREMIUM BUILDS


THE FINEST FITTINGS EVER MADE

With over 50 years machining fittings for aerospace, medical, and heavy machinery (including the original lunar rover), Optimus fittings define new standards in PC water cooling. Read our history here.

Fittings are the most critical but the least sexy of PC parts. But a loop is only as good as the lowest quality component. Unfortunately, we found even the most expensive fittings on the market are substandard, not meeting G ¼” spec and, worse, not even rated for water.

PROFESSIONAL

BARB FITTINGS

 

FLEX COMPRESSION FITTINGS

BULLETPROOF DESIGN FOR PREMIUM BUILDS


THE FINEST FITTINGS MADE

With over 50 years machining fittings for aerospace, medical, and heavy machinery (including the original lunar rover), Optimus fittings define new standards in PC water cooling. Read our history here.

Fittings are the most critical but the least sexy of PC parts. But a loop is only as good as the lowest quality component. Unfortunately, we found even the most expensive fittings on the market are substandard, not meeting G ¼” spec and, worse, not even rated for water.

PROFESSIONAL INSTALLATION


Ever shredded your fingers tightening fittings? We have. Nearly every fitting out there has sharp knurl (the ridges on the cap) and sharp threads.

So it was a major goal of ours to make our fittings finger-friendly. To do this, first, our fittings are super precise so no needing to force threads. Second, our threads are rounded out rather than left sharp so there aren't even any edges to cut yourself. Third, our fittings are tightened using an internal 8mm or 5/16" hex socket. Finally, our caps have zero-knurl which not only looks awesome but, with bead blasting, gives a solid grip for tightening. Even though this is a small detail, PC building shouldn't be a bloody experience (looking at you, IO shield).

 

Pro·XE

NICKEL PLATING

 

Extreme corrosion resistance, excellent thermal properties and a lifespan measured in decades. Optimus Pro-XE Nickel is a true professional finish for ultra performance PCs.

BANISHING FLAKY ELECTROPLATED NICKEL

Flaking, disintegrating nickel is a widespread problem in liquid cooling. After all, nickel PC fittings and blocks prohibit use with plain water, or you void the warranty. Instead, you must use anti-corrosive fluids to protect nickel components Why? Because the industry standard electroplated (aka electrolytic) nickel is a cosmetic nickel finish that isn't meant to be used in liquid applications. Often called chrome or shiny nickel, electroplated nickel is cost effective and looks good.

Unfortunately, water, anti-fungals and fancy fluids, including opaques, will rapidly strip electroplated nickel. The gunk that will appear in block fins isn't just broken down fluid, it's often disintegrated nickel, paint and cheap plastics. If this seems crazy, it is. After all, the cheapest home faucet can handle tap water, so why can’t expensive PC fittings survive basic H2O?

Alas, eletroplated nickel is the PC industry standard. What's the solution?

PROX-XE ELECTROLESS NICKEL

Optimus parts are finished with only industrial-grade extreme corrosion resistant nickel, called PRO-XE electroless nickel.Electroless is an aerospace industry finish with extreme chemical resistance, hardness and superior fluid lubricity. So why isn't everyone using electroless? Cost and appearance. Electroless is far more difficult to manufacture, especially when achieving perfect finishes needed for premium PC builds. And electroless can't achieve that easy chrome look of electroplating, which is why electroplating is the industry standard, even if it shouldn't be used.

SAFE FOR H2O

Aside from reliability, electroless nickel is able to withstand saltwater, corrosive chemicals and, yes, even plain water.With Optimus, you can use distilled water without fear of flaking. Distilled, aside from being cheap, is also the highest performance coolant readily available. Anti-corrosive additives lower the thermal conductivity of the liquid.That's why we can offer a 10 year warranty, even with regular H2O. It has been a herculean task to create Optimus's electroless products, but the results look great and are nearly indestructible.

BANISHING FLAKY ELECTROPLATED NICKEL

Flaking, disintegrating nickel is a widespread problem in liquid cooling. After all, nickel PC fittings and blocks prohibit use with plain water, or you void the warranty. Instead, you must use anti-corrosive fluids to protect nickel components Why? Because the industry standard electroplated (aka electrolytic) nickel is a cosmetic nickel finish that isn't meant to be used in liquid applications. Often called chrome or shiny nickel, electroplated nickel is cost effective and looks good.

Unfortunately, water, anti-fungals and fancy fluids, including opaques, will rapidly strip electroplated nickel. The gunk that will appear in block fins isn't just broken down fluid, it's often disintegrated nickel, paint and cheap plastics. If this seems crazy, it is. After all, the cheapest home faucet can handle tap water, so why can’t expensive PC fittings survive basic H2O?

Alas, eletroplated nickel is the PC industry standard. What's the solution?

PROX-XE ELECTROLESS NICKEL

Optimus parts are finished with only industrial-grade extreme corrosion resistant nickel, called PRO-XE electroless nickel.Electroless is an aerospace industry finish with extreme chemical resistance, hardness and superior fluid lubricity. So why isn't everyone using electroless? Cost and appearance. Electroless is far more difficult to manufacture, especially when achieving perfect finishes needed for premium PC builds. And electroless can't achieve that easy chrome look of electroplating, which is why electroplating is the industry standard, even if it shouldn't be used.

SAFE FOR H2O

Aside from reliability, electroless nickel is able to withstand saltwater, corrosive chemicals and, yes, even plain water.With Optimus, you can use distilled water without fear of flaking. Distilled, aside from being cheap, is also the highest performance coolant readily available. Anti-corrosive additives lower the thermal conductivity of the liquid.That's why we can offer a 10 year warranty, even with regular H2O. It has been a herculean task to create Optimus's electroless products, but the results look great and are nearly indestructible.

HYPER ACCURATE G ¼” FITTINGS

The highest end precision CNC lathes allow Optimus's thread accuracy down to achieve perfection down to 0.0002”, far beyond any other fitting available. And this is for the first and 1000th fitting, not just the first off the line. We constantly calibrate and double check our precision. After all, our aerospace and medical customers demand the best, so should liquid cooling.

TRUE BSPP-G ¼"thread spec

This means that Optimus G ¼” threads are crafted to the ISO-228 BSPP-G specification. Not “g ¼ style” like many fittings in the industry. Does this matter? Definitely. If you’ve run into fitting leaks, acrylic breaking or other system gremlins, it’s typically due to poor precision and uncalibrated CNC machines. We’ve seen expensive blocks where the accuracy of the threads was so off that the fitting had to be cross threaded (aka forced new threads) into the port to even get it to go in.

PLASTICIZER-FREE EPDM O-RINGS

O-rings seem like a small detail, but are critically important for PC loops. We only use US-made EPDM o-rings with zero plasticizer added. EPDM is the industry standard, and the most bulletproof PC tubing is matte black EPDM. Plasticizer was common in clear tubing to make it flexible, but disintegrates and turns into loop gunk. In the last few years, tubing manufacturers have worked to eliminate plasticizers in tubes, but plasticizers can still be found in o-rings. Common o-ring materials like nitrile (aka buna-n and NBR) and viton can contain plasticizers. And often need lubricating oil to fit correctly into blocks, a major source of fluid gunk buildup. You'll notice this oil leaching in GPUs. Moreover, parts with no-name o-rings in funky colors are seriously problematic. Colored silicone o-rings, moreover, are very fragile. Using pure EPDM is more difficult requiring the parts to have higher accuracy, but the benefits are loops free from contaminants.

HYPER ACCURATE G ¼” FITTINGS

The highest end precision CNC lathes allow Optimus's thread accuracy down to achieve perfection down to 0.0002”, far beyond any other fitting available. And this is for the first and 1000th fitting, not just the first off the line. We constantly calibrate and double check our precision. After all, our aerospace and medical customers demand the best, so should liquid cooling.

TRUE BSPP-G ¼"thread spec

This means that Optimus G ¼” threads are crafted to the ISO-228 BSPP-G specification. Not “g ¼ style” like many fittings in the industry. Does this matter? Definitely. If you’ve run into fitting leaks, acrylic breaking or other system gremlins, it’s typically due to poor precision and uncalibrated CNC machines. We’ve seen expensive blocks where the accuracy of the threads was so off that the fitting had to be cross threaded (aka forced new threads) into the port to even get it to go in.

PLASTICIZER-FREE EPDM O-RINGS

O-rings seem like a small detail, but are critically important for PC loops. We only use US-made EPDM o-rings with zero plasticizer added. EPDM is the industry standard, and the most bulletproof PC tubing is matte black EPDM. Plasticizer was common in clear tubing to make it flexible, but disintegrates and turns into loop gunk. In the last few years, tubing manufacturers have worked to eliminate plasticizers in tubes, but plasticizers can still be found in o-rings. Common o-ring materials like nitrile (aka buna-n and NBR) and viton can contain plasticizers. And often need lubricating oil to fit correctly into blocks, a major source of fluid gunk buildup. You'll notice this oil leaching in GPUs. Moreover, parts with no-name o-rings in funky colors are seriously problematic. Colored silicone o-rings, moreover, are very fragile. Using pure EPDM is more difficult requiring the parts to have higher accuracy, but the benefits are loops free from contaminants.