PC Specialist Announce Stunning Liquid Series Range

PC Specialist has quickly forged a reputation as one of the best system integrators on the market and constantly strives to provide the best possible user experience. Custom water cooling looks spectacular and offers excellent overclocking headroom but it can be extremely daunting for novices. As a result, many people opt for closed-loop-coolers like the H110i GT because of the simplicity. Unfortunately, the majority of these Asetek-based units are bland and struggle to evoke a premium finish. Today, PC Specialist has launched their brand new liquid series designed to cater towards customers wanting a gorgeous custom loop without the headache of sourcing compatible parts.

The new range covers both Z170 and X99 chipsets which allows you to select a system which suits your power requirements. Pricing starts from £1291.00 and includes a standard three-year warranty. The basic Z170 system opts for Mayhems X1 UV Blue coolant, an i5-6600K overclocked up to 4.6GHz, 8GB HyperX Fury 2133MHz RAM, EVGA GTX 970 SC, 1TB mechanical hard disk and Corsair RM850. Of course, you can customise the specification and improve the CPU, memory capacity and more.

In addition to the generous warranty, you can purchase a service pack for £149.00 which includes:

  • Collection & Return of Liquid Series PC
  • Full drain of the loop
  • Flush and clean the loop (including Pumps, Blocks, Reservoirs & Fittings)
  • Replace all tubing & refill loop with new coolant.
  • 24 Hours Leak & Stress Test

The liquid series implements the highest level of expertise and component selection. For example, braided cables are deployed to form an absolutely stunning aesthetic design. Here we can see some of the creations you can expect under the liquid series brand:

If you’re interested in a liquid series system please visit this link to browse the extensive catalogue and perhaps make an order. In the next few days, a review sample will be arriving and I cannot wait to analyse the system in extensive detail. So far, I’m really impressed with the range and believe it’s a great addition to PC Specialist’s impressive line-up.

EK Releases Gigabyte GTX 980 Ti XTREME GAMING Water Block

EK is one of the most prestigious names when it comes to water cooling hardware and evokes a sense of confidence whenever you purchase any of their products. Some time ago, Gigabyte unleashed the GTX 980 Ti XTREME GAMING featuring a superb cooling solution, OC BIOS mode, striking RGB illumination and much more. It’s arguably one of the best custom designed GTX 980 Ti cards on the market and geared towards overclocking. However, if you want to leverage extra performance or simply prefer a slimmer design, EK has released a full water block for this particular GPU. The EK-FC980 GTX Ti XG is a high performance water block which actively cools the GPU, VRAM and voltage regulation module as the water flows over essential components. The water block covers the entire PCB to create a visually stunning appearance and there’s also a stylish backplate from EK’s web shop.

The EK-FC980 GTX Ti XG water block features EK’s unique central inlet split-flow cooling engine design for best possible cooling performance, which also works flawlessly with reversed water flow without adversely affecting the cooling performance. Moreover, such design offers great hydraulic performance, allowing this product to be used in liquid cooling systems using weaker water pumps. On another note, the base is constructed from nickel-plated electrolytic copper while the top section is made of premium POM Acetal or acrylic depending on which model you choose. By default, screw-in brass standoffs are installed to allow for a safe and painless install.

To simplify the search for suitable and compatible water blocks, EK is adding newly released products from various manufacturers to their Cooling Configurator database. This allows you to see if there are any blocks for motherboards, memory or graphics cards right now. In terms of pricing, the Nickel model will retail for 119.95 Euros. This is also the price for the unit sporting both Acetal and Nickel. If you just want the blackplate, it can be purchased for 29.95 Euros.

EKWB Predator AIO Now AMD Compatible with new Upgrade Kit

EK Water Blocks Predator AIO is probably one of the best AIO cooling solutions you can get at the moment despite the minor hiccup that resulted in full callback a few months ago. However, so far they have been limited to Intel users as that were the only CPU sockets supported by the mounting brackets. AMD users also want liquid cooling, especially those that run the high TDP processors and there is good news for them.

EK Water Blocks released a new EK-XLC Predator AMD Upgrade Kit that will fix this and allow pretty much any AMD CPU user to install the Predator AIO cooling solution in their system. The EK-XLC Predator AMD Upgrade Kit is a set of mounting plates with backplate and screws that will work with every EK-XLC Predator revision 1.1. After upgrading the Predator AIO with the new mounting brackets, it will be fully compatible with AMD Sockets 939, 754, 940, AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2, and FM2+, which covers pretty much any AMD CPU.

The new AMD upgrade kit is available now and early pre-orders should be on route and arrive very shortly. This isn’t a free upgrade, but won’t cost you a whole lot either, but the EK-XLC Predator Upgrade Kit will set you back €6.95.

Overall the Predator AIO is one of the most expensive AIO solutions, but it’s also one of the best as previously mentioned. With the quick disconnect feature you’re able to expand the loop with extra units such as pre-filled graphics card blocks and have a system that comes very close to a custom loop setup, but with a lot less hassle when upgrading, maintaining, or just fiddling with your system.

What’s your take on AIO cooling solutions and especially EKWB’s Predator? Do you love it or would you rather go for a custom loop despite the added workload? Let us know in the comments.

EK WB Releases Monoblock for the Compact ASUS MAXIMUS VIII Impact

Liquid cooling seems to be on the up and coming again and we have seen quite a few new products released in the category lately. One type of product that we see a lot are monoblocks that cool both the CPU itself like a normal heatsink, but also the MOSFET power regulation which is a crucial factor when overclocking but also something that could increase the overall lifetime of your hardware.

The new monoblock from EK WB that we see released this time is specifically designed with ASUS to fit the compact and unique ASUS MAXIMUS VIII Impact motherboard that comes with several daughter boards due to the mITX size and the amount of features and functions ASUS loaded it with.

The new monoblock is called the EK-FB ASUS M8I and with its unique design, it attaches itself to both the motherboard and the MOSFET daughterboard for optimal cooling of both. It is designed out of the EK-Supremacy EVO cooling engine to ensure the best possible CPU cooling as the liquid flows past all the critical components.

The base of the monoblock is made of nickel-plated electrolytic copper while the top is made of quality POM Acetal or acrylic glass material, depending on the variant.

The new EK-FB ASUS M8I should be available at official EK WB resellers now for a suggested retail price of €112.95. Both the Nickel and the Acetal and Nickel versions cost the same, so which you pick is down to your personal choice.

EK WB Releases Monoblock for ASUS X99 Motherboards

It can be of great benefit to cool your CPU with liquid rather than air, but when you do that, you leave one area exposed. The VRM around the CPU area doesn’t get the same airflow as it would with a fan based cooler and as such you need to pay extra attention to the cooling here.

One way to resolve this issue is with a monoblock and EK Water Blocks just released one of these that will fit ASUS’ X99 motherboard models: X99-A, X-99-DELUXE, X99-PRO, and X99-S.

The EK-FB ASUS X99 Monoblock as it is called is a complete all-in-one CPU and MOSFETs liquid cooling solution for these ASUS motherboards. It is designed in cooperation with ASUS and uses the award-winning EK-Supremacy EVO cooling engine. All critical areas are covered with a liquid flow that should ensure a stable and effective cooling.

The base of the monoblock is made of nickel-plated electrolytic copper while the top is made of quality POM Acetal or acrylic glass material, depending on the variant. Both models cost the same, €119.95, and are available directly from EK WB as well as partner resellers.

Which is your preferred cooling method? Traditional air, all-in-one liquid coolers, or maybe even a complete custom liquid cooling setup? Let us know in the comments.

EK WB Releases DBAY D5 MX Reservoirs and Pump Combos

EK Water Blocks released a new drive bay liquid cooling reservoir that comes in four different versions. The new DBAY D5 MX comes as PWM version with included water pump or without and it is available as both Acetal and Plexi versions.

Space restraints can be an issue when building a liquid cooled setup and the use of the available and mostly otherwise obsolete 5.25-inch drive bays, one can make up for that. The new EK DBAY MX fits conveniently over two of these drive bay slots to cover both the function of a reservoir and a pump. It also makes the entire planning a lot easier, especially for beginners. The two reservoirs are identical besides the point that the EK-DBAY D5 PWM MX comes with a D5 PWM pump included and mounted and the EK-DBAY D5 MX doesn’t.

It is made from injection molded black ABS polymer (Acetal version) or injection molded transparent MABS polymer (Plexi version) and in a sturdy monoblock design that guarantees maximum reliability and rigidity. The reservoir features a G3/8″ threaded port on the top that acts as a fill port and a G1//4″ threaded on the bottom when the unit needs to be drained. Besides that it features two normal G1/4″ threaded ports for normal in and outbound flows.

Integrated anti-cyclone is pre-installed and made from acrylic glass effectively prevents excessive vortex formation of the liquid. EK-DBAY D5 MX series is designed with anti-vibration rubber mounting system. This floating design effectively silences this pump and reservoir setup by de-coupling it from the rest of the computer chassis.

The new EK-DBAY D5 is available now and it can be yours for €64.95 without the pump or €129.95 for the combo package.

EK Unveils ASUS Maximus VIII Series Motherboards Monoblocks

EK is a brand synonymous with exquisite custom water cooling blocks and a highly respected name in the industry. The latest addition to their line-up is the M8G Monoblock which supports the Maximus VIII Hero, Ranger and Gene. Niko Tivadar, EK’s Chief of R&D said about the product announcement:

“With this release, we are bringing Full Board M8G Monoblock for three MAXIMUS VIII motherboards simultaneously and customers have much more liquid cooling options available when choosing their next ASUS ROG Z170 series motherboard.”

“Monoblock for the ASUS MAXIMUS VIII EXTREME is also already in the works.”

Designed and engineered in cooperation with ASUS®, the Monoblock utilizes EK-Supremacy EVO’s award-winning cooling engine to ensure best possible CPU cooling. This water block directly cools Intel® LGA-1151 socket type CPU and power regulation (MOSFET) module as water flows directly over all critical areas. It is a very high flow water block that can be easily used with the system using weaker water pumps.

The Monoblock’s base is constructed from nickel-plated electrolytic copper while the top is made of premium POM Acetal or acrylic glass material, depending on the variant.

From a visual standpoint, both designs are stunning.

The Monoblocks are readily available for purchase through EK Webshop and Partner Reseller Network at a cost of €119.95.

Thermal Grizzly Thermal Paste Vs 6 Major Brands Review

Introduction


Finding the right thermal paste for your system is no easy task, as there are quite a lot of brands out there and from my experience, one person says “X is better than Y” the other says “Y is better than X”. In all honesty, pretty much any thermal paste on the market will likely be “enough” or give you reasonable performance, but that’s not what we’re looking to find out today. When it comes to squeezing every drop of performance out of your system, a few degrees can be the difference between a failed or a successful overclock. It can also be the difference between your PWM fans running in low or high RPM mode and a whole host of other factors.

We’ve been told that Thermal Grizzly was to up and coming king of the thermal paste market, and I’ve been a loyal user of the mighty Gelid GC Extreme for a long time now, so I’m eager to see if this new kid on the block can really perform better. Although, if it’s just as good as Gelid, I will not be disappointed. Putting one thermal paste head to head with another wouldn’t make for an interesting review though, so I’ve picked up some other popular favourites, from budget friendly to the premium choices; let’s find out which one is king!

Thermal Grizzly Kryonaugt

The newest thermal paste brand on our list and also one of the most expensive, clocking in at £15.95 for 11.1g. This brand is targeted at the enthusiast/overclocking crowd.

Akasa Pro-Grade 460

Akasa is a common choice for a lot of system builders and with just 3.5g in the tube and an average price of £6, it’s still expensive, but appeals to those building a few systems or for maintaining their own.

Noctua NT-H1

Notcua is known for their high-end engineering and their NT-H1 thermal paste has proven many times before that I can offer exceptional performance. It’s obviously targeted at the high-end and enthusiast market and will cost you around £7-10 for a small 3.5g tube.

Gelid GC Extreme

The popular choice for enthusiast overclockers around the world, Gelid is highly regarded for being able to deliver lower temps with their GC Extreme. You can pick up a smaller 3,5g tube for around £8 and a 10g mini-tub for about £22, making it noticeably more expensive than Thermal Grizzly.

Arctic Silver 5

This is one of the go-to brands of thermal paste for many system builders, it’s not “the best” but it’s still very good and has been on the market for many years. More often than not, you can pick up a 3,5g tube of this for just £5, making it very appealing to a lot of people.

EK Ectotherm

This one is new to me, I have heard of it, but I’ve never used it. It’s surprisingly affordable and will set you back about £5 for a 5g tub, making it a very attractive option and EK have a rock solid reputation in the cooling industry already.

Artic MX-4

Another budget friendly option from the legendary Arctic, costing just £6 for a 4G tube and much like Arctic Silver, it has long been a popular choice for system builders.

So there’s the competitors, a nice range of budget friendly options from a wide range of manufacturers,  some new, some old, some that have been around longer than time its self. There’s going to be some interesting competition here in terms of performance and prices, so there’s only one thing left to do, let’s fire this up on our eTeknix test bench and see who takes first place!

First EK Predator AIO Benchmarks Revealed

EKWB are synonymous with water-cooling products and fixated on custom-loop solutions for a significant time. However, the company recently announced their first foray into the all-in-one market with the Predator 240 and 360. The Predator range features a copper radiator, extremely powerful pump for expandability and high FPI design. In terms of its specifications, the only models which come close are the Swiftech H220-X and H320. With only 2 days to go until release, temperature results have finally emerged which give an insight into the raw performance numbers.

On the extreme 2011-3 platform, using a 5960X with 1.15V at 4.4GHz, the 240mm Predator achieved a temperature under load of 46.43C which slightly edged Corsair’s 240mm closed-looped-cooler at 46.88C. Impressively, the Predator 240 in within 2 degrees of Corsair’s flagship 280mm cooler. Moving onto the Predator 360, we can see it destroys Fractal’s 360mm product by around 8C.

Benchmarks on the Haswell system are intriguing but please note the voltage of 1.23V is fairly conservative and could be increased in many circumstances. The Predator 240 attained a load temperature of 49C which beat the Corsair 240mm competition by around 4C and came within 1C of the 280mm model. Once again, the Predator 360 reigns supreme but the margin is much smaller on the mainstream 1150 platform.

Overall, the benchmarks are impressive and the fans were all set to 2200RPM in the interest of fairness. However, I would love to see how the EK products fared against Swiftech’s extremely high-quality all-in-one coolers. Unfortunately, they are extremely difficult to get hold of outside the USA.

Thank you Overclockers UK for providing us with this information.

EK Water Blocks Enter the AIO Market like a Predator

EK Water Blocks is mostly known for their do-it-yourself parts for liquid cooling enthusiasts, but that isn’t enough for the company. They have set out “to shake up the liquid cooling market” with their newly presented Predator AIO CPU coolers.

EK has taken their top performing and market proven components from the existing enthusiast product line and assembled them together into one compact pre-filled solution. The result is the EK Predator 240 and 360 coolers that promise performance without compromise in a compact form factor, yet expandable, out-of-the-box liquid cooling solution. Being a AIO solution, the EK Predator is pre-filled and pre-assembled and comes with the EK-Vardar high static pressure fans with PWM controls to provide a minimal noise footprint, and noise is a common issue for existing AIO users.

The EK Predator uses the industry standard G1/4 threaded ports and 10/16 mm Zero Maintenance rubber tubing (EK-ZMT) and it is therefore fully expandable with all custom loop gear available on the market. The Predator 360 also features an integrated Quick Disconnects (QDC), a special connector that allows quick and tool-less expansion of the system without the need to drain the unit. This could for example allow you to add a prefilled QDC-enabled GPU water block, something that EK Water Blocks will release too.

The dimensions of the main radiator unit on the Predator 240, with integrated pump and reservoir, are: 295mm x 133mm x 68mm. This should be small enough to fit into most modern computer cases. The Predator 360 is a bigger beast as it measures 415mm x 133mm x 68mm. EKWB will provide a list of compatible cases before launch.

Speaking of launch, the EK-Predator 240 will launch on September 23rd and will come with a $199 USD/€199 EUR MSRP. The EK-Predator 360 will follow and be released on October 19th and cost you $239 USD/€239 EUR. Both units will only be available for Intel CPU sockets, but AMD versions are planned for a release in sometime during 2016.

Technical Highlights

  • Hovercore is a revolutionary design of radiator dampeners that prevents a transfer of pump vibrations further down the unit and into the chassis, thus resulting in vibration free and silent operation.
  • Supremacy MX CPU water block, a top performer in the Enthusiast segment, is specifically designed for Intel CPUs and offers great hydraulic and thermal performance. Carefully machined copper base is made from purest copper available and is further polished to absolute mirror finish. This alone greatly improves the cooling performance of the block.
  • CoolStream PE radiator – 240mm or 360mm, has full Copper core being superior to aluminum alternatives in terms of heat dissipation. In conjunction with EK-Vardar fans, the result is increased performance across entire fan operational range thus delivering results both at low and high airflow operation.
  • Vardar fans – two on Predator 240 and three on Predator 360 – are high static pressure fans developed in-house specifically for liquid cooling systems. With low noise profile and PWM technology built in, you can always control the RPM and keep the fans silent while maintaining excellent cooling performance.
  • DDC pump is a powerful 6W liquid cooling pump providing 2-3x higher flow rate compared to other AIOs on the market. It’s also PWM controlled allowing for automatic pump speed regulation depending on your CPU temperature. Full performance on demand or whisper quiet operation in idle mode!
  • Integrated Fan splitter hub reduces cable clutter and keeps the unit aesthetically clean. Predator pump and fans plug into the unit itself with only one PWM cable going into CPU Fan socket while a single SATA Molex cable powers the complete unit.

EK Announce CoolStream CE Radiators

EK is a massive player in the custom water cooling solutions, offering some of the most innovative and best-performing designs on the market. In the most recent press release, EK has now announced the upcoming release of the CollStream CE series.

This new series has been built for the nearly released EK-Vardar 140mm high static pressure fans, these radiators are optimized for maximum heat dissipation across an entire fan operational range, thus delivering exceptional performance at both low and high airflow operation.

EK are known for offering the best levels of quality and aim to release these radiators at an extremely competitive price vs performance price point. The new design is extremely minimalistic, but in the minimalism comes an interestingly quirky characteristic of industrialism; these would fit in almost every build from basic to extreme. The flat sides also lend themselves to modders to sand down and spray fairly easily.

The radiator offers best cooling capacity in the 45mm thick 140mm radiator class. Dual stack copper fins provide massive surface area while the parallel flow cooling chambers reduce hydraulic flow resistance to a minimum. All radiators are equipped with fan mounting holes for push-pull installation to even further increase the cooling performance.

Thank you to TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.

EK Releases Full-Cover Water Blocks for AMD Radeon R9 Fury X

It was only a matter of time before someone released a third-party and real water cooler for AMD’s newest flagship GPU, the R9 Fury X. EK have not only created another beautiful full-cover water block for this graphics cards, they also made it a true single-slot liquid cooling solution.

The R9 Fury X is already a very small card and with this liquid cooling block it can slim down to a single slot, impressive.

As always from EK WB, we get multiple versions of the cooler. The base is made of bare- or nickel-plated electrolytic copper depending on the variant and the top is made of either acrylic- or POM Acetal material. Plexi variants also feature two pre-drilled slots for 3mm LED diodes so you can light up that card to match the rest of the setup. Screw-in brass standoffs are pre-installed and allow for a safe and painless installation procedure.

The EK-FC R9 Fury X has been designed with FC Terminal connection ports for up to four FURY X on a single ATX form factor motherboard. The unique central inlet split-flow cooling engine design allows for best possible cooling performance. Reversed water flow doesn’t have any adverse effects on the cooling performance and it also works great with setups having somewhat weaker pumps.

The new EK WB full cover water blocks for AMD’s R9 Fury X graphics card (EK-FC R9 Fury X) are available now and come with an MSRP between €99.95 and €109.95 depending on the variant. An optional backplate will further set you back between €29.95 and €37.95.

EK Releases New X99 LGA2011v3 Water Block

Water cooling your components is a fun thing to do, whether it’s building your first CPU loop to completely redesigning the case interior to fit that 480mm radiator; you can never have too much cooling. In the world of water cooling, EK Water Blocks reign supreme and are the choice of many when it comes to water blocks. The latest release from the company is the X99 LGA2011v3 compatible Supremacy EVO.

The Supremacy EVO series is the best of the best for EK and now it has been brought to the LGA2011v3 socket to give the high-end market that chilly feeling. In use, this can shave off up to 2.2°C thanks to the improved internal flow with low hydraulic restriction. It comes equipped with an error preventing mounting mechanism, resulting in great contact and performance every time.

“The EK-Supremacy EVO uses the same cooling engine as it’s predecessor. The cooling liquid accelerates through jet plate’s nozzle and turbulently continues its path through numerous very thin channels, which provide extreme heat dissipating surface area. Specifically designed and carefully machined copper base (sometimes referred to as ‘cold plate’) is made from purest copper available on the market and is further polished to absolute mirror finish. This alone greatly improves the cooling performance of EK-Supremacy EVO.”

Prices start at 58.95€ for the nickel block and can be found on the EK online store or with selected retailers.

Thank you to TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.

EK Releases ASUS GTX 970 Strix Full-Cover Water Block

If you have picked up one of the great ASUS Strix GTX 970 Graphics cards, or plan to, you might enjoy the news that EK WB introduced the new Full-Cover water block designed and engineered specifically for ASUS Strix series GTX 970 graphics cards and is called the EK-FC970 GTX Strix.

The new water block has been co-developed with ASUS’ ROG engineering team to achieve the best possible solution to cool the GPU, RAM and VRM as well as allowing the card to remain stable even under high overclocks. The EK-FC970 GTX Strix water block also features EK central inlet split-flow cooling engine which also works flawlessly with reverse water flow and without adversely affecting the cooling performance.

The base is made of nickel-plated electrolytic copper while the top is made of either POM Acetal or acrylic. As with all EK WB products, screw-in brass standoffs are pre-installed and allow for safe and easy installation.

An aesthetic retention backplate will also be available in both black coloured and nickel versions. Not only will it look great but it will also aid to cool the backside of the PCB.

All these water blocks are made in Slovenia, Europe and are readily available for purchase through the EK Webshop and resellers now for an MSRP of €108.95.

Thanks to EKWB for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of EKWB

EK Introduces Hybrid Water Cooling Kit for GIGABYTE X99 Series Motherboards

EK Water Blocks introduced a new universal hybrid water cooling kit for GIGABYTE X99 series motherboards consisting of an MOSFET water block and a passive PCH heatsink.

The EK-FB KIT GA X99 LE is a value-oriented hybrid water cooling solution that is compatible with virtually every GIGABYTE X99 series motherboard thanks to the universal PCH cooling solution. The water block directly cools power regulation (VRM / MOSFETs) module while the passive aluminum heat sink cools Intel X99 southbridge (PCH) chip.

The base of the water block is made from nickel plated electrolytic copper while the top is made of acrylic glass material. The screw-in standoffs are already pre-installed on both water block- as well as aluminum heatsink and allow for easy and trouble-free installation by utilizing original motherboard backplates.

The new hybrid liquid Gigabyte X99 cooling solution is available now at either the EK Webshop or partner resellers for an MSRP of €64.95.

Thanks to EKWB for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of EKWB

EKWB Announces Full Cover Waterblock for Gigabyte GTX 970 Gaming G1

EK Waterblocks have released a whole lot of GPU coolers lately, and now there is one more in the line-up. This time it’s for the Gigabyte GTX 970 Gaming G1 card that gets the water treatment with the new full-cover water block called the EK-FC970 GTX WF3. The WF3 stands for WindForce 3x for easy identification.

As a full-cover water block it cools the GPU, RAM and VRMs and of course uses EK’s unique central inlet split-flow cooling engine that performs equally in reverse flow and with weaker pumps. The base is made from nickel plated electrolytic copper while the top is made of either POM Acetal or Acrylic depending on model you chose.

As always, the EK water block comes with screw-in brass standoffs to allow for easy and safe installation. The optional backplates will be available in either Black or Nickel versions to match the front layout.

The new full-cover water block for the Gigabyte GTX 970 Gaming G1 should be available now or shortly either directly at EK or through one of the many resellers. Backplates will be available sometime during December.

Thanks to EKWB for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of EKWB

EK Announces Vardar Series 120mm Fans Designed for Radiator Use

Not all fans are equal and there are many that aren’t really suited well use with radiators. So who better to create a fan for just this scenario than EK Water Blocks. And they have done just that with the new high-pressure 120mm EK-Varder fan that is the first in-house engineered fan from EK.

The simple design should allow for integration into almost any system that can handle a little black, though that isn’t the only colour available. It’s announced in single and two-tone colours with a monochrome fan sticker.

The task at hand was to create a fan with high static pressure  while keeping a low noise profile. EK used a 7-fin fan blade design and the motor windings are actively cooled, double ball bearing and rated for 50,000 hours. An important factor for radiator cooling is a sealed edge so the air doesn’t escape out the side instead of being forced through the fins. EK created just that with the old-school looking, but effective, black square shape.

The EK-Vardar 120mm cooling fan currently consists of five models, four regular and one Furious Vardar with the latter built-in distinctive all-black design. All fans come with four self-tapping screws and are pre-sleeved (F1-F4: black, FF5: red) for your convenience. The new fans will be available for purchase in the first half of January 2015, although a limited quantity will be available in mid-December 2014.

Thanks to EKWB for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of EKWB

New Range of EK Water Cooling products Coming Next Month

Legendary cooling manufacturer EK have been working with the teams at AMD, ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI and more to create a new range of full cover water coolers. These include their EK-FC R9-290X VPX and both Matrix variants that are designed to cooler the GPU, RAM and VRM modules on the GPU, offering a complete cooling solution for all major components on the graphics card PCB, something that is vital for maintaining high overclocks.

The four new blocks from EK will also use their side-attached Terminal Port System. This allows up to four water blocks to be used on a single ATX form factor motherboard, as you can connected them up using their dual, triple or quad type EK-FC Terminal. All of these blocks are perfect for high flow water cooling and liquid cooled systems.

The Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SOC Force and ASUS Maximus VII motherboard series are also set to benefit from a new range of motherboard water cooling products. All will be nickel plated copper and feature either POM Acetal or plexi-glass tops depending on the variant. MSI Z97I Gaming FB blocks will also be available in a Monoblock format, featuring PCH, CRM and CPU cooling like that found on the EK-GB ASUS M6I.

It’s all pretty complicated, but EK will be adding products to their Cooling Configurator to help you find compatible graphics cards and other components.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of TechPowerUp.

EK Working On A New Water Block For The ASUS Radeon R9 290X DirectCU II OC

Reports show that EK Water Blocks, Ljubljana based premium water cooling gear manufacturer, is currently working on a new Full Cover water block for the latest ASUS non-reference design DirectCU II series AMD Radeon R9 290X graphics card named the R9290X-DC2OC-4GD5.

The EK-FC R9-290X DCII will be a high performance full-cover water block for engineered specifically for the latest revision of ASUS design Radeon R9 290X DirectCU II series graphics cards. With a direct cooling line to the GPU, RAM as well as VRM (voltage regulation module), water will flow over these critical areas and allow the graphics card and its VRM to remain stable under high overclocking stats.

A refined 0.6 mm wide microchannel structure will be used, similar to the EK-FC R9-290, in order to even further improve the heat transfer while not sacrificing the famous low hydraulic restriction design. Thus, the product can be used in liquid cooling systems using less powerful water pumps. It will be available in three visually different variations and an aesthetic backplate will be available for optional purchase. Up to four water blocks could be used on a single ATX form factor motherboard by using EK-FC Terminal (DUAL, TRIPLE or QUAD type) system or other means of interconnectivity.

The Water Block is in production and will be released onto the market through EK Webshop and other partner retailers starting from February 2014.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information
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Overclockers UK ‘Ultima 460i Scimitar’ Watercooled Gaming System Review

Introduction


Our look at pre-built systems continues today as we take a step up and look at a fully water-cooled system from the guys over at Overclockers UK. We’ve had a look at a range of systems so far that use off the shelf components that most users would buy and fit themselves, however there is always the scope for more and when it comes to getting more out of your system, custom water cooling loops are the next step. Water cooling for the most part is an uncharted area for a large number of people due to the seemingly complex process that is involved and more so the worry of the system leaking and damaging other components in the build.

Overclockers UK are one of the UK’s biggest hardware retailers, both in their shop at their warehouse in Stoke-On-Trent and more so through their website at www.overclockers.co.uk where this system and much, much more can be found – sadly not including giraffes! Overclockers UK pride themselves in having a large knowledge in overclocking their shop built systems, as their name would suggest and this they pass on to their huge consumer base with their pre-built systems.

The Ultima 460i Scimitar is one of OcUK’s more recent system creations with a hearty amount of power from the latest generation of Intel processors and one of the most powerful graphics cards on the market courtesy of AMD. To top all this off, the system has been overclocked and fully water-cooled with a custom loop, which itself is made up of parts from the biggest names in the water cooling market.

  • Name: Ultima 460i Scimitar 
  • Case: Cooler Master Cosmos II
  • MB: Gigabyte Z87X-OC
  • CPU: Intel Core i7 4770k @ 4.5GHz
  • RAM: 16GB Team Group Vulcan Orange 2133MHz (2x8GB)
  • SSD: 120GB Samsung 840
  • HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB
  • GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 7990 6GB
  • PSU: Corsair TX850W V2
  • ODD: OcUK DVD-RW / Blu Ray Combo
  • Radiators: XSPC EX120 120mm, XSPC EX360 120mm, Hardware Labs Black Ice SR-1 240 120mm
  • CPU Block: XSPC Raystorm
  • GPU Block: EK Water Block EK-FC7990 SE – Acetal
  • Pump: XSPC D5 Vario
  • Reservoir: EK Res X3 250
  • Fittings: XSPC Black Chrome Rotary & Compression
  • Fluid: Mayhems Pastel Orange
  • Fans: 6x Noiseblocker Black Silent Pro PLPS 120mm
  • OS: Optional Windows 7 or 8
  • Warranty: Minimum 24 month Collect and return (36 month optional)
  • Price: £2,764.00 inc VAT

As system specifications go, this is by far the longest and most impressive list that I’ve seen to date, however that is not all, it is also the biggest and heaviest system that I’ve had to haul around the office.

After muscling this hefty system up the stairs (which I will add was inside another box with loads of protective foam and heavy-duty straps around the outside), we find that the original boxes for the motherboard and GPU are included along with all of the manuals and extras for all the system components.

EK Adds Gold Plated EK-Supremacy Water Block To Its Lineup

EK Water Blocks have unveiled their latest water block that has got a bit of “bling”. The latest addition is the EK Supremacy Clean CSQ water block with gold plating. EK say the new water block design is made to suit the latest generation of black and gold ASUS, ASRock and ECS motherboards. 

The block features gold-plating on both the copper base and the mounting mechanism. Out of the box the new EK Supremacy gold water block supports all current generation Intel and AMD CPUs.

EK is going to be charging an MSRP of €89.95 for the new gold plated Supremacy Clean CSQ water block.

You can purchase the EK Supremacy Clean CSQ Gold water block straight away from the EK web shop.

Images courtesy of EK

EK Release New CoolStream PE Radiators

EK Water Blocks have unveiled their newest series of radiators the CoolStream PE series. This is EK’s latest range of water cooling radiators available in four incremental 120mm fan sizes of 120mm/240mm/360mm/480mm. These radiators are priced at €37.56, €50.79, €64.00 and €76.20 respectively.

EK claim superb cooling across the spectrum of operational fan ranges whether that be low or high RPM fans. The radiators measure in at 40mm thick and use double stack copper fins. There are parallel flow cooling chambers to reduce hydraulic flow resistance. The radiator’s shrouds are using UNC 6-32 threads on both sides to enable push-pull fan installation.

These EK radiators use G1/4 recessed threaded ports with pre-installed extenders to allow any G1/4 thread to fit. EK of course recommends its own EK-CSQ compression fittings for guaranteed compatibility.

Technical details:

  • Material: Copper fins, 90% copper tubing (H90), Brass chambers, Aluminium housing
  • FPI: 38
  • Port threading: 2x G1/4″
  • Fan compatibility: any standard size 120x120x25mm fan; UNC 6-32 thread tapping

These new EK radiators are available immediately through their web shop and will be available from EK distributors and resellers soon.

Image courtesy of EK

EK Debut Gigabyte Z87X-OC Series Water Blocks

Gigabyte’s Z87X-OC and Z87X-OC Force motherboards have been designed from the ground up for overclockers in mind. That said EK are catering to the needs of the hardcore overclocker with their latest series of water blocks. These are designed to cool the MOSFETs/VRM area and the Z87 PCH area, each with separate water blocks.

The “EK-FB Kit GA Z87X-OC” water block kit is a complete cooling solution for the Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC motherboard with a Z87 PCH water block and a VRM/MOSFET water block. The “EK-FB GA Z87X-OC Force” water block kit is a  complete kit for the PCH and VRM/MOSFET areas on the GA-Z87X-OC Force motherboard from Gigabyte. This is available in acetal or acetal and nickel varieties unlike the block for the non-Force motherboard which is only available in Acetal.

The Base of these water blocks are made from electrolytic copper while the top is made of quality POM Acetal material ( ornickel plated depending on the model and variant). The sealing is ensured by the use of quality rubber gaskets. The nickel plated brass screw-in standoffs are already pre-installed and allow for easy and trouble-free installation.

Pricing is as follows:

  • EK-FB KIT GA Z87X-OC – Acetal €79,95
  • EK-FB GA Z87X-OC Force – Acetal €122,95
  • EK-FB GA Z87X-OC Force – Acetal+Nickel €127,95

Availability is immediate for the EK-FB KIT GA Z87X-OC while the EK-FB GA Z87X-OC Force water blocks are available from Monday July 15th.

Images courtesy of EK

Computex: Powercolor Showcase HD 7970 LCS Graphics Card

Watercooling graphics cards can be a bit of a nightmare, especially installing and fitting the block which is often one of the hardest parts. Furthermore you could go to all that effort and then you might have a rubbish quality GPU that doesn’t even overclock very well. That’s why Powercolor have shown us the LCS HD 7970 which is an AMD HD 7970 that comes pre-fitted with a EK GPU water block and factory overclocked to a hefty 1050MHz, up from 925MHz stock.

Here you can see the Powercolor LCS HD 7970 in ac tion and it literally was as easy as plugging in a couple of tubes and being ready to go. The graphics card also comes with a black backplate to cool components on the rear side of the PCB.

The EK branding is generally quite subtle across most of the graphics card but on the fittings area at the top it is quite clear to see.

Powercolor’s LCS HD 7970 is already out and on the market and costs around $650+.

Stay tuned to eTeknix for more Computex coverage in our Computex section.

Image(s) courtesy of eTeknix at Computex

EK Announces Its First Ever LN2 Evaporation Cooler, For Memory Modules

EK may be better known for its water blocks and water cooling gear, but today it is doing something a little bit difference. EK is introducing the EK-SF3D Triple Point EVO, not that most catchy name in the world but this EK’s first ever LN2 evaporation cooler.

The EK-SF3D Triple Point EVO allows for extreme overclockers to overclock up to four memory modules using the provided module adapters (it seems only 2 are provided, additional modules can be purchased if needed). This allows you to put your RAM under LN2 and go for some serious records. It will be compatible with virtually any RAM module of the DDR-SDRAM era.

EK partnered up with Petri “SF3D” Korhonen to design this product, he is a Finnish “legendary” overclocker. In true EK style the product is made of electrolytic grade nickel plated copper and POM high quality acetal. EK claims their new LN2 Evaporation cooler can prevent unwanted condensation formation and even out temperature fluctuations.

Key features:

  • High performance evaporation cooler for competitive overclockers
  • Modern, unique design with copper core allows for easy temperature regulation
  • Built-in temperature probe slot in a each Module Adapter for precise control
  • Compatible with both Liquid Nitrogen LN2 as well as Dry Ice CO2(s)
  • Includes premium thermal grease

Included:

  • EK-SF3D Triple Point EVO series evaporation cooler
  • EK-SF3D Triple Point EVO Module Adapter (2 pcs)
  • Gelid GC-Extreme 1.5g thermal grease
  • Mounting screws
  • Allen key 2mm

The EK-SF3D Triple Point EVO is already available to purchase at €75 including VAT. EK is reportedly preparing a CPU LN2 cooling unit too, the EK-SF3D Inflection Point EVO, which is to be available by the end of the week.

Source: PR

Origin PC Unleash The Newly Updated Genesis with Corsair’s 900D

Origin PC are well known for making some of the best high end pre-built systems on the planet. That said it hasn’t taken them long to respond to the latest high-end PC fashion, which is the new 900D from Corsair. Origin PC is now offering the Corsair 900D in their Genesis desktop PCs.

The Genesis PC boasts the ability to run four Nvidia GTX Titans in SLI, have a i7 3970X at 5.2GHz, an ASUS Rampage IV Extreme, dual power supplies, 64GB of RAM, up to 9 hard drives and a whole bunch of other goodies. Obviously it goes without saying that these PCs will ruin most people’s wallets for a long time. There are much more affordable options based on cheaper cases, AMD FX processors or Intel Ivy Bridge processors but naturally these won’t bring you as much performance, prestige or virtual ego.

As you can see from the images Origin PC are offering a custom built water cooling loops on all these Genesis systems to help keep the system running cool and silent which is especially important when they overclock components so much and when you are paying so much to get one of these systems.

If you didn’t like the red colour scheme then you’ll be pleased to know Origin PC also offer customisable paint jobs and water cooling set-ups. You get what you pay for I guess as the Origin PC Genesis starts at a huge $1430. What are your thoughts on the latest revision to the Genesis PC?

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EK Announce ASRock Z77 Extreme 11 Motherboard Water Block

EK blocks are well known for making very specialised and niche water cooling products, their latest water block is no exception. EK is introducing a full motherboard water block for ASRock’s premium Z77 motherboard the Extreme 11. The EK-FB ASR Z77 Extreme 11 water block is a complete cooling solution for the entire motherboard which includes the:

  • Z77 SouthBridge PCH 
  • PLX PEX 8474 PCIe lane splitter
  • LSI SAS2308 control hub
  • Power Regulation (VRM and MOSFETs)

As with all EK products, they have opted for a high flow design that allows you to use lower powered or weak pumps. EK has again used high quality materials, the base is made of nickel plated electrolytic copper  and the top is made of POM acetal material. Rubber gaskets are used to seal the water block nickel plated brass screw-in standoffs are already preinstalled and allow for easy and trouble-free installation.

While the attention to detail and high quality is excellent, don’t expect it to come at a low price. EK is selling the “EK-FB ASR Z77 Extreme11” to come with an MSRP of €120.95 including VAT, which isn’t terrible given how niche this product is, but it is still definitely a product aimed at the high end user who is really willing to pay the premium for performance and silence.

The item will start shipping on Tuesday, April 16th 2013 and will be available for pre-order through EK Webshop and Partner Reseller Network.

What do you think of EK’s new Water block? Do you have an ASRock Z77 Extreme 11? If so, does this interest you?

Source: PR