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 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.
AMD’s Radeon R9 Nano graphics card was only just released upon the market yesterday, and today Aqua Computer are ready to take on pre-orders on their real full cover water block for just that card. You can get some impressive results by replacing the factory-default air cooler on this already efficient mini card with this new water block.
The kryographics R9 NANO full cover water cooler is a true full cover cooler as it covers the entire PCB area. There is already a single-slot bracket available for the R9 Fury X and that will work on this card too, allowing you to make a true single-slot mITX graphics card with a power that hasn’t been seen before. Internal tests by Aqua Computer showed temperatures of just 35 degrees on the GPU (27 degrees water temperature) when running Furmark. Impressive!
We know that the GPU used on the R9 Nano is the same as the one on the R9 Fury X and as such there is a lot of performance to be had, with a few limitation. The GPU is simply clocked into a more efficient area instead of running it to the maximum. So by adding a full cover water block like this to the card, we should be able to almost the same results. There is the limitation of only one PCIe 8-pin power connector, but otherwise you should be free.
The water block will cool the GPU and onboard memory as effective as possible, and the entire VRM area is properly cooled as well, including the regulators. The base is made from electrolytic copper and there are several top versions available as we’re used to from the kryographics series.
Pre-orders for the Kryographics R9 Nano full cover water block can be placed from today and the actual coolers will start to ship the following week.
We’ve already seen EKWB with their full-cover water block for the AMD Radeon R9 Fury X graphics card and now it’s the German AquaComputer’s turn with their take on such a solution. The new kryographics for Radeon R9 Fury X comes in various configurations and had to be designed from ground up to meet the demands and changes that come along with the new GPU and onboard HBM memory.
The GPU cooling is constructed from exact 3D data provided by AMD and it has been extensively tested to ensure a secure and powerful performance. The cooling liquid will hit the GPU in the middle which allows it to run off parallel in both directions which reduces the resistance for high-flow systems.
AquaComputer created a true full cover water block as it covers the entire card and doesn’t leave a piece of the PCB at the end exposed, something many users will appreciate as it allows for an optical cleaner setup. The outer voltage regulators get cooled this way too while it also further reduces the resistance in the water block.
The kryographics R9 Fury X is made from electrolytic copper and CNC cut acrylic and an active cooled backplate is also in the works and should be released shortly. The cooler is single slot compatible, uses default G 1/4 fittings, is multi-GPU fitting capable and comes at a price that starts at €99.90 and goes up to €114.89 depending on version.
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.
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
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
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
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
The well renowned liquid cooling manufacturer EK Water Blocks has released a full-cover water block for the successful MSI GTX 970 Gaming G4 graphics card, the EK-FC970 GTX TF5.
Working together with MSI’s engineers, EK created what looks to be a great water block that active cools all the vital parts including GPU, RAM and VRM. It features EK’s unique central inlet split-flow cooling engine design for best possible cooling performance, which also works flawlessly with reverse water flow without affecting performance. It’s further designed to work great with low-pressure pumps as well.
The base is made of nickel-plated electrolytic copper, while the top is made from either POM Acetal or Acrylic depending on which variant you chose. The screw-in brass standoffs allow for safe installation procedure without damaging neither the card nor the water block.
The new water blocks have started to ship and should arrive at retailers very shortly. An active backplate will arrive as well in early December to finish the setup with cooling for the memory IC on the backside of the circuit board.
Both the Acetal+Nickel and Nickel-only versions have an MSRP of €107.95 while the backplates will cost €29.95 as black and €37.95 as Nickel version.
Thanks to EK WB for providing us with this information
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.
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.
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?
EK are renowned throughout the industry for making an incredibly diverse range of water blocks that tackle not just the “mainstream” segment of the water cooling market, which is quite niche in itself, but also the niche segments of the water cooling market. Their latest product which impressed us was a mounting kit specifically made for “delidded” Ivy Bridge CPUs. However, today EK have come out with a GPU water cooling solution for the AMD FirePro series of cards. Naturally EK have devised these two expensive water cooling solutions for the two highest performance FirePro cards, the W9000 and the S10000.
EK’s Water block for the AMD FirePro S10000
As you may be able to tell from the images the EK S10000 water cooling solutions is single slot. This is excellent news for the enterprise environment because it means you can fit two FirePro cards into the same space thus being able to get twice the computing power in a server space environment. Add to that the fact that the water block cools the GPU, the VRM and RAM keeping everything running much cooler than the reference design offering much more stability.
EK’s Water block for the AMD FirePro W9000
While the W9000 water block still consumes two PCI Express slots but it does still offer the extra cooling performance that you’d expect from water cooling. Both of these water blocks use high flow designs which is perfect for water cooling systems that do not have strong pumps.
Both water blocks are constructed out of C110 grade electrolytic copper while the top is made of laser cut stainless steel metal plate. The sealing is performed by quality NBR rubber washers. Screw-in brass standoffs are pre-installed and allow for safe, painless installation procedure. Both water blocks are factory pressure tested and come with 1g packaging of Arctic Cooling MX-2 thermal grease (TIM).
The EK-FCS10000 comes with the MSRP of €139.95 (incl. VAT) while the EK-FCW9000 comes with MSRP of €119.95 (incl. VAT). Both products will be available for purchase through the EK Webshop and the Partner Reseller Network on Friday, April 5th 2013.
This be a very niche market product but the pricing is pretty competitive and the advantages of water cooling to enterprise could be excellent. What do you think of EK’s latest creation? Can it be useful? Or were AMD FirePro water blocks not made before this for a good reason?
The Ivy Bridge saga with removing the lid, a.k.a. the IHS (Integrated Heat Sink), stuck around for quite a long time. People debated the benefits of changing out the stock Intel thermal paste and using (or not using) the lid when it comes to cooling. If you didn’t get to see our exclusive Ivy Bridge “myth busting” article about what happens when you keep the lid/IHS but change the thermal paste, then please see here. The idea behind removing the lid is that with the IHS gone there are less layers between the CPU die and the cooling apparatus so cooling will be more efficient. However, in practice this hasn’t always worked because mounting systems do not go tight enough to clamp down directly onto the die. Removing the IHS leaves an extra 5-8mm of thickness where the IHS would of otherwise sat.
Leading on from that last problem, EK have devised a solution. Their solution is to redesign their mounting system, for the EK Supremacy blocks, so that it accounts for the fact the IHS/lid isn’t there. This mounting system which EK are calling PreciseMount Add-on Naked Ivy is a world first and no one has tried to do this before – probably because of how niche the market actually is. The idea behind it is that you can use your i5 3570K or i7 3770K with a custom water cooling loop and get more performance out of it by cooling the CPU die directly. The precise mount add-on kit is only compatible with existing EK Supremacy water blocks for LGA 1155 and is made of the usual high quality nickel-plated brass.
All of this does come with a user warning though because removing the IHS/lid from Ivy Bridge CPUs is a very risky process and voids your warranty. For those who are interested in doing so the article we did has a page of guidance but it is still not easy. As EK state this is an expert process and something that is only to be done with the true knowledge and know-how. All that said it is still fantastic to see EK catering for such a niche market in devising this new mounting system specifically for de-lidded Ivy Bridge CPUs. It would of been nice to see some other companies offer a similar thing but for now EK are the only ones doing it – hats off to them.
What do you think of this offering from EK? Would you consider buying one? Would you considering de-lidding your Ivy Bridge CPU? Have you already done so and did you get any interesting results? Let us know your thoughts.
Slovenia based water cooling experts EK Water Blocks have today announced another product release, only days after launching a GTX Titan full cover waterblock. Today however sees the launch for AMD’s 7970 in the form of the Asus Matrix Platinum. You may remember that we took a look at the Asus Matrix HD 7970 Platinum 3GB card a couple of months back and found it to be exceptional with some very unique features, walking away with our Editor’s Choice award.
Much like other full cover blocks from EK, the EK-FC7970 directly cools the GPU, VRMs and memory due to the design which allows for water to flow across all critical areas of the card, thus meaning that pushing the card further in terms of overclocking should yield better results due to the improved cooling solution.
EK have also made sure that the EK-FC7970 features a high flow design so that it can be used in conjunction with liquid cooling loops that feature weaker water pumps, which decidedly is a cost decision more than anything.
The base of the water block is nickel plated electrolytic copper, and the top is made from a quality POM Acetal material. Rubber washers are used to seal the unit and brass standoffs pre-installed making installation both simple and painless.
The Matrix Platinum by standard features a three slot I/O design, whereas EK bundle in a two slot I/O bracket making it easier for CrossFire configurations. With the block installed, up to four EK-FC7970 Matrix enabled cards can be used together on a single ATX form factor motherboard in conjunction with the EK-FC terminal which comes in dual, triple or quad flavours.
Pricing is set at €109.95 Inc VAT and will be available on Friday March 8th 2013 through both the EK Webshop and their retail partners and pre-ordering is already possible.