EKWB Releases EK-RAM Monarch Liquid RAM Cooling Modules

You might already have your graphics card and processor coupled into your liquid cooling setup, but what about your memory? While memory isn’t a thing that’s obvious to add to your custom loop right away, there can be good reasons to do so. To name one: Parts of your system that otherwise wouldn’t run hot might start to do so because of the lack of airflow generated by the fans from traditionally cooled equipment such as CPU and GPU coolers.

Liquid cooling for memory isn’t anything new as such, but EKWB just released a new version of the EK-RAM Monarch cooling modules where the existing black variant is now also available as a Nickel plated version. The EK-RAM Monarch Module is a heatsink adapter which allows virtually any DDR-SDRAM memory module of any generation to be liquid cooled – but it also requires the EK-RAM Monarch series water blocks to go on top.

Each heatsink consists of two separate plates with the memory module sandwiched in between. The heat transfer between the memory module and aluminium heatsink adapter is ensured by the use of an enclosed thermal pad. Each set of EK-RAM Monarch Modules contains two adapter heatsinks that are made of CNC machined high-quality aluminium and feature either a nickel finish or a black anodized finish.

The EK-RAM Monarch modules are available now through EK’s own webshop and their partner reseller network. A nickel plated set of two modules will set you back €34.95 while the black version is a little cheaper and only will cost you €29.95. Both prices include VAT.

Besides the above-mentioned reason of missing airflow in the memory area, adding liquid cooling to your memory will also allow you to overclock them higher while still retaining a stable system. While memory overclocking won’t result in as big a real-world difference as other parts such as CPU and GPU, it might be just what you’re missing to grab those last couple of benchmarks points and beat your friends results. Maybe you’ll also just do it for aesthetic reasons – the modules do look awesome.

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.

EKWB Issues Full Recall of Predator 240 and 360 AIO Coolers

If you purchased one of EKWB’s Predator 240 or 360 all-in-one liquid coolers, then you should read this. EKWB has issued a full recall of all EK-XLC Predator 240 and 360 pre-filled and pre-assembled all-in-one (AIO) CPU liquid cooling units due to a potential risk of leakage of liquid from the unit. Affected are all Revision 1.0 models of both the 240mm and 360mm version with the EAN-codes 3831109863343 and 3831109863350.

At first it was estimated as a limited risk situation where only a single batch of units were affected and could develop leakage over time, it quickly turned out to be a more widespread problem and that is why EKWB issued a full recall. The good news in all of this is that a new and fixed version is ready, any revision 1.0 product will be replaced or refunded, and EKWB even covers damage to other parts that resulted from a leaking Predator AIO.

EKWB first identified the issue as a faulty O-ring in the EK-Supremacy MX CPU water block that was used in the unit. At first, it was thought that it only affected the November batch of O-rings, as pre-orders and early testers hadn’t reported any issues. That quickly changed and EKWB found the problem to affect all units. The leakage may occur between the copper cold plate and bracket on the water block after it is heated up and pressure rises. Current statistics show that 1 out of 10 units leaks.

If you currently use one of these units, then you are strongly recommended to stop doing so. EKWB has redesigned and released a new version of EK-XLC Predator (Revision 1.1) on the 4th of January 2016 that prevents any leakage under normal working modes. For the full details on refund or exchange, please visit EKWB’s official note about this issue. You’ll also find contact email addresses and phone numbers for both EU and US customers.

Errors in productions are something that can happen to anyone at any time, what is important is how you handle the aftermath. EKWB has shown a prime example of how it is done. They are taking full responsibility for it and giving their customers multiple fix options from a refund to replacement units. No secrets but full disclosure all the way through. Well done EKWB, it might cost you some money to fix the issue right now, but you’ll win some loyal customers with it.

Report Suggests High Pressure CPU Coolers Can Damage Skylake Processors

Intel’s latest architecture requires a new LGA 1151 socket and features an enhanced pin count. Additionally, the CPUs are built on a 14nm manufacturing process. Some of you might remember that Skylake retail samples do not ship with a stock heatsink which raised concerns about temperatures. Thankfully, Skylake is very efficient with improved thermal dissipation. Here we can see the difference in size between Intel’s official Skylake heatsink and the previous generation.

However, according to PCGamesHardware.de, CPU coolers exhibiting high pressure mounts could damage the 1151 socket and Skylake CPUs. One theory suggests this is due to Skylake’s reduced thickness which makes the CPU flex under pressure due to a lack of mechanical stability. Therefore, any cooler which adopts a hefty clamping force is capable of pushing the CPU into the socket and damaging both the motherboard and CPU pins.

This is clearly a very worrying turn of events, and PCGamesHardware contacted a number of cooler manufacturers to see clarification. Here’s is a complete rundown of the replies:

Scythe:

“The company Scythe EU GmbH announces that on several coolers from its portfolio, a change of the mounting system for Skylake / plinth is made ​​1151stAll coolers are in fact generally compatible with Skylake sockets, but it can in some cases result in damage to CPU and motherboard when the PC is exposed to stronger shocks (eg shipping or relocation). To prevent this, the pressure was reduced by an adjustment of the screw set. We will send the new set of screws you also like to charge. Please send your request via email tosupport@scythe.com or use the contact form on our website(http://www.scythe-eu.com/support/technische-anfragen.html).”

Noctua:

“Our SecuFirm2 mounting systems are subjected to prior to the release of new platforms an extensive compatibility testing. It could be determined with reference to the Intel LGA1151 platform (“Skylake”) no problems. Also on the part of our customers and our specialist resellers and system integration partners we have no reports of any problems. Our SecuFirm2 mounting systems access (with the exception of some more compact models of the L-series) for generating the necessary contact pressure on coil springs back, which allow a certain degree of flexibility both in terms of tolerances in the height as well as the case of vibrations or other forces. Compared with conventional spring-less installation systems where pressure is produced exclusively by the deformation of the mounting brackets, so can reduce the mechanical load on the CPU, and motherboard socket and any damage can be prevented by excessive force.”

EKWB:

“All EK Water Blocks EK-Supremacy Series CPU Water Blocks – Including the latest -MX and -EVO variants – are fully Complying with Intel Socket imposed H3 (LGA-1151) Mechanical force limitation. The clamping force, created by our PreciseMount spring loaded mounting mechanism, is well within the allowed mechanical limitations. The design of PreciseMount itself Prevents over-tightening and damage to mechnical Possible Either socket or the CPU packaging.

Older generation of (physically) compatible LGA-1151 Water Blocks with classic, undefined clamping ForceType mouting mechanism such as Supreme LTX – requires special attention When attaching the water block. As a result the use of search Waterblocks is not recommended with the LGA-1151 socket CPUs.”

Today, we received a statement from ARCTIC about their CPU cooler range and the effect it has on Skylake CPUs and 1151 motherboards:

ARCTIC:

“With this official statement we would like to assure that ARCTIC coolers are not affected by these problems and thus fully Skylake compatible. All ARCTIC CPU Coolers complies concerning the released sockets with the mechanical specification from Intel. With our coolers there are no problems on Intel CPUs of the 6th generation (Skylake) for LGA 1151. Depending on the parcel service drop heights of over 2 m can not be excluded. Therefore we recommend regardless of the CPU used to carefully evaluate the dispatch and the packaging used and to possibly mount larger and heavier CPU coolers by the end user.”

While this is far from ideal and illustrates a major flaw in Intel’s production, cooler manufacturers should be able to complete thorough testing and judge the probability of damage occurring. Thankfully, many have released statements pretty quickly, and it remains to be seen how much force is actually needed to cause damage. Currently, it seems like the issue is only effecting coolers with a very heavy mount point. As a result, there’s no need to panic but this is something which needs clarification from Intel and further research.

Do you use a hefty air cooler or water cooling setup?

EKWB Launch Pre-Filled Graphics Blocks for Predator AIO

The mighty impressed EKWB Predator AIO is a revolution in terms of water cooling, offering you all the ease of an AIO, with all the thrills of custom loop cooling. Aside from looking gorgeous, the cooler can be quickly modified to add additional cooling components to the loop, such as a GPU block.

EKWB have now launched their Predator ready GPU blocks, which come pre-filled, making them ready to plug and play. You just fit it to your graphics card, hook up the quick-disconnect couplings and you’re good to go.

The Predator-enabled GPU block comes bundled with an EK-AF Angled 90° G1/4″ fittings, two EK-ACF Fitting 10/16mm – Nickel fittings, one quick-disconnect coupling, EK-Tube ZMT Matte Black tubing, and clear coolant, which comes fully assembled, making this seriously high-end pro cooling hardware as beginner friendly as possible.

The new AIO coolers and the GPU blocks are certainly (no pun intended) cool, but they’re obviously not going to be cheap. The pre-filled EK-FC980 for example, is $149.99 and another $29.99 for the interconnect tubing. This is on top of the $199 for the EK-Predator 240 or the $239 for the larger 360mm model. Even then, it’s Intel only until early 2016 when we expect to see an AMD version being launched.

EKWB Unveils Intel SSD 750 Series Water Block

EKWB is one of the leading specialists when it comes to water cooling equipment and sells a wide range of products from CPU blocks to reservoirs. Today, the company announced a water block to fit any Intel 750 series solid state drive which employs two G1/4″ threads and a nickel-plated electrolytic copper base. Additionally, the top section is constructed from stainless steel and adopts a visually pleasing design.

When selecting water cooling components, the SSD isn’t a major priority and I cannot really see the benefit apart from enhanced aesthetics. Although, it’s certainly a talking point when added to a custom loop. As with any EKWB product, the build quality should be exceptional and a great addition to their line-up. Personally, it’s not something I would use as my SSDs are hidden behind the rear tray. Clearly, it’s a very niche product but it might cater to someone’s very specific needs.

Instead of water cooling an SSD for fun, I’d probably opt for a sound-card block instead due to the larger surface area. However, unless there’s an actual performance benefit from custom water blocks, I usually stay with a default setup.

What do you think of the EKWB SSD water block?

The block has a retail price of €89,95 and available from the EK Webshop.

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.

EKWB Warns of Combatibility Issues With EVGA’s GTX 980 K|NGP|N Edition

EKWB has come out and warned users that there are compatibility issues between their EK-FC980 GTX Classy KPE full-cover water block and EVGA’s 980 GTX Classified K|NGP|N Edition graphics card.

According to the post, EVGA made last-minute changes to their PCB design that in return makes the full-cover water block designed for the card incompatible. The EK-FC980 GTX Classy KPE full-cover water block was designed for Revision 1.0 of the card and EVGA has since changed the layout not once, but twice. The revision 1.1 and 1.2 are not compatible with the current EKWB full cover water block and users should be careful to get products that match.

EKWB are working on a new version of the water block to match the new EVGA revisions and they are expected to be ready shortly.

While this news comes from EKWB, other full-cover water blocks from other manufacturers will face the same issue and K|NGP|N Edition graphics card owners that want to water cool their setup should pay extra close attention to the revision number on their cards. It isn’t any fun to order all the components you need to build the high-end system of your dreams, only to find out that the ordered parts don’t match.

Take Your Titan X to the Max with New EK Full Cover Water Block

Nvidia has just released their new and quite impressive Nvidia TITAN X and EK Water Blocks introduced their new Full-Cover water block for the reference design (NVA-PG600) of the GeForce GTX TITAN X graphics card.

The EK-FC Titan X is a full-cover cooler meaning that it directly cools all the vital parts of the graphics cards: the GPU, RAM as well as VRM. Water flows directly over all these critical areas thus allowing the graphics card and its VRM to remain stable even when heavy overclocked.

EK-FC Titan X water block features EK’s unique central inlet split-flow cooling engine design for best possible cooling performance and it also works flawlessly with reversed water flow without adversely affecting the cooling performance. Moreover, the design offers great hydraulic performance allowing this product to be used in liquid cooling systems with weaker pumps.

The base is made from electrolytic copper, either bare- or nickel-plated depending on the variant while 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 it all up and show off even more. Screw-in brass standoffs are pre-installed and allow for a safe and painless installation procedure.

EK are also offering a long list of backplates to go along with the new cooler and in a lot of colours. It’s available as normal Black and Nickel versions, but also Blue, Gold, and Red are options to choose from.

The new full cover water blocks should be available now at both the EK Webshop and Partner Reseller Network starting from €99.95.

Thanks to EKWB for providing us with this information

EKWB Released Full-Cover Water Block for GIGABYTE GTX 980 Gaming G1

Most of the focus has been on the new GTX 960 series lately, but good things are still happening for the GTX 980 too. EK Water Blocks has released a full-cover water block compatible with the popular GIGABYTE GTX 980 Gaming G1 and WindForce 3X series graphics cards.

The EK-FC980 GTX WF3 is a high-performance Full-Cover water block that actively cools the GPU, RAM as well as VRM (voltage regulation module) with direct liquid flow. As with all EKWB cooler, it features the unique central inlet split-flow cooling engine design for best possible cooling performance that works equally well with reversed water flow.

The Base is made of nickel-plated electrolytic copper while the top is made of either quality POM Acetal or acrylic depending on the variant. Screw-in brass standoffs are pre-installed and allow for a safe installation procedure.

The EK-FC980 GTX WF3 is available now and will set you back €112.95 for both the Nickel and Acetal+Nickel versions. The Black Backplate has an MSRP of €29.95 while the Nickel Backplate will cost €37.95.

Thanks to EKWB for providing us with this information

EKWB Indigo Xtreme ETI and Supremacy EVO Elite now for LGA-2011-3

With new CPU sockets, the cooler and thermal interfaces will have to adapt. EK Water Blocks introduced the new Indigo Xtreme Engineered Thermal Interface for the latest 5th generation Intel Socket LGA-2011-3 series CPU as well as Supremacy EVO Elite CPU water block bundle.

EK-TIM Indigo Xtreme fits neatly between a CPU lid and water block or heat sink to keep CPUs cooler. Unlike greases, metallic thermal interface pads or liquid metal alloys, Indigo XS is a self-contained and sealed structure, deploying a Phase Change Metallic Alloy (PCMA) which reflows and fills surface asperities on the CPU lid and heat sink.

Indigo Xtreme achieves high thermal performance through the optimized deployment of molten, oxide-free PCMA, thereby yielding low contact resistance and low bulk resistance. The resultant interfacial layer is void-free and robust, with low thermal contact and bulk resistance.

The TIM uses a platform dependent applicator and thus only compatible with the socket and CPU specified.

Characteristics

  • Bulk thermal conductivity >20 W/mK
  • Fully sealed structure – no mess or migration
  • Most consistent performance – applies the correct amount of alloy every time
  • Gallium-free
  • Laser-cut precision
  • Fully compatible with copper and aluminum surfaces
  • Peel-and-stick application
  • Easy clean up – just peel to remove
  • Made in USA by Enerdyne Solutions for EKWB

EK-Supremacy Elite is the premium bundle contains the EK-Supremacy EVO Full Nickel CPU cooler and the best EK-TIM Indigo Xtreme. Convenient if you’re were planning to get both anyway. The EK-TIM Indigo Xtreme – Intel 2011-3 has an MSRP of 22.95€ and the EK-Supremacy EVO Elite – Intel 2011-3 bundle has an MSRP of 109.95€ and should be readily available now through the EK Webshop and partner reseller.

Thanks to EKWB 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

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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

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EK Release Full-Cover Waterblock for the Radeon R9 285

EK Water Blocks has introduced their latest Full-Cover water block, this time for the reference design of AMD’s Radeon R9 285 series graphics cards. The new EK-FC R9-285 will cool all the vital parts on your graphics card: GPU, RAM and VRM. The central inlet split-flow cooling engine design used in this cooler will work flawless in both directions and has excellent hydraulic performance that also allows it to be used with weaker pumps.

The base is made of nickel-plated electrolytic copper while the top is made of quality POM Acetal or Acrylic depending on what design you chose. The EK-FC R9-285 full-cover water block should be available shortly at your favourite water-cooling supplier and it has an MSRP of €99.95 while an optional backplate will be available for €26.95.

Thanks to EKWB for providing us with this information

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