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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.